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FILE - In this June 15, 2014 file photo, a polar bear dries off after taking a swim in the Chukchi Sea in Alaska. About a third of the world's polar bears could be in imminent danger from greenhouse gas emissions in as soon as a decade, a U.S. government report shows. The U.S. Geological Survey, the Interior Department's research arm, said updated scientific models don't bode well for polar bear populations across the world, especially in Alaska, the only state in the nation with the white bears. (Brian Battaile/U.S. Geological Survey via AP, File)

US report warns of polar bears’ peril

Thursday, July 2, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Polar bears are at risk of dying off if humans don’t reverse the trend of global warming, a blunt U.S. government report filed Thursday said. “The single most important step for polar bear conservation is decisive action to address Arctic warming,” the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said in a draft recovery plan, part of the process …

Earth Matters: The puzzle tree: Independence Day musings on sycamores

Thursday, July 2, 2015

I’ll be thinking about the eastern sycamore tree this Independence Day, an American tree on our national holiday. Although all trees might be said to be “created equal” from a moral perspective, each tree species has its own value to those who use trees. I eat apples; squirrels eat acorns; crossbills eat conifer …

W. Europe swelters in heat wave

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

PARIS — Joggers wheezed, electric wires warped, and Britain sweated through its hottest July day on record as a wide swath of Western Europe sweltered in a heat wave. Authorities in France and elsewhere, mindful that thousands died during a 2003 heat wave, reached out to the elderly, families and other vulnerable people …

Northfield officials’ visit to Pennsylvania compressor station finds no ‘serious concentration of issues’

Saturday, June 13, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Northfield and Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, each have about 3,000 residents, and the rural communities would seem to share a lot of other similarities. And like Wellsboro, which has a series of gas lamps planted down the center island of the downtown, Northfield is targeted by the gas …

Earth Talk: How to tame the junk-mail tidal wave

Friday, June 12, 2015

Dear EarthTalk: It seems like I’m getting more junk mail than ever these days. How can I stop the deluge? — Grace Dixon, Houston, Texas First of all, you’re probably right! Junk mail has increased to a massive …

Bird Sightings

Friday, June 12, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A common gallinule and a white-eyed vireo were reported in Belchertown. An Acadian flycatcher and three cerulean warblers were found on Mount Holyoke. Cerulean …

Heading outdoors: Area activities

Friday, February 13, 2015

∎ A Walk Through the Brewer Road Neighborhood in Pelham — Pelham Historical Society sponsors a walk with Bruce Klotz Saturday, noon. Meet at North Valley Rd in Pelham. programs@pelhamhs.org ∎ New England Tree Climbing Competition — New England …

Valley Views: Immature Bald Eagle

Friday, June 12, 2015

Opponents of pipeline and process used by DPU dominate hearing in Greenfield

Friday, June 12, 2015

People who spoke at a three-hour state Department of Public Utilities hearing Thursday night sounded off about the agency’s process itself, in addition to the Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., which would …

Public has opportunities to participate in review of Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Friday, June 12, 2015

As Thursday night’s state Department of Public Utilities hearing in Greenfield demonstrated, there are a variety of ways people can make their voices heard over the planned Tennessee Gas Pipeline project. The DPU review of a long-term supply agreement between the developer of the Northeast Energy Direct project …

UMass report details impact of Tennessee Gas Pipeline on environmentally sensitive areas in Franklin County

Thursday, June 11, 2015

If the proposed Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline is built across 35 miles of Franklin County, it could affect a greater share of fragile landscape than in other parts of the state. Here, at least 42 percent …

State attorney general wants Department of Public Utilities to delay review of Berkshire Gas agreement with Northeast Energy Direct project

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

When the state Department of Public Utilities airs public comments Thursday on the agreement by Berkshire Gas Co. to buy natural gas from the Tennessee Gas Pipeline proposed Northeast Energy Direct project, it will do so over the state attorney general’s objection. Thursday’s public hearing is scheduled to …

Environmental news in brief

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

IN THE NEWS Healthy resource for river users The Connecticut River Watershed Council and 15 partners have launched the 2015 Connecticut River water sampling program. Water samples are tested for E. coli bacteria as an indicator for all types of other pathogens that could potentially make you sick. …