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Environment

Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary to host Pioneer Valley Ecological Management Conference

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — A conference Saturday will showcase some of the best conservation and ecological preservation work in the Pioneer Valley. The Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary at 127 Combs Road will host its first Pioneer Valley Ecological Management Conference Saturday. Free and open to the public, the conference will highlight some of the conservation and ecological work being done by local organizations such as Trustees of Reservations, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Kestrel …

Ice slows business, traffic on NE, Midwest waterways

Monday, March 2, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine — Waterways around the Northeast and the Midwest are beset by ice more than a foot thick in some places, making life miserable for people who make their living on the water. Portland resident Scott Werner said this winter has been “a horror show” for him and other lobster fishermen. He …

South Hadley native Robert Murphy funnels lifelong passion for fish into doctoral research at Northeastern University

Sunday, March 1, 2015

South Hadley High School science teacher Jacob Masenior remembers Robert Murphy, a 2008 graduate, conducting experiments in the town’s streams in his biology class. During his time at South Hadley High, Murphy completed a community service learning project where he studied insect larvae to determine the level of pollution in South Hadley waterways. …

Alan Eccleston of Hadley comes up with idea for voluntary carbon tax which gains momentum

Friday, February 13, 2015

LEVERETT — It dawned on Alan Eccleston as he was silently worshipping at the Mount Toby Friends Quaker Meeting one day that if the government is not willing to tackle carbon-induced global warming, why can’t people impose a …

Earth Matters: Winter whaling on the Cape

Friday, February 13, 2015

There is much of nature to see in western Massachusetts, but some experiences require travel farther afield. Whales are among the creatures that I am least likely to encounter here, so I like to drive a few hours …

Valley Views: Fitzgerald Lake, Winter

Friday, February 13, 2015

Fitzgerald Lake, Winter Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area, North Farms Road, Florence Photograph and text by Larry Cadotette, Florence The Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area in Florence contains forest, open meadows and wetland habitats. An easy New Year’s Day walk …

Bird sightings in the area

Friday, February 13, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. The clay-colored sparrow has returned to a feeder in Belchertown. A fox sparrow is also coming to the feeder. A pine warbler is coming …

China lead contributor to plastic trash in oceans

Friday, February 13, 2015

The first worldwide estimate of where the ocean’s massive amount of plastic garbage comes from points at China and developing economies in Asia. The study, published online Thursday in the journal Science, estimates that China’s heavily coastal population contributes 1.3 million to 3.5 million metric tons of plastic …

Study: Most plastic trash in oceans from China

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The first worldwide estimate of where the ocean’s massive amount of plastic garbage comes from points at China and developing economies in Asia. The study, published online Thursday in the journal Science, estimates that China’s heavily coastal population contributes 1.3 million to 3.5 million metric tons of plastic …

Fresh cold snap brings threat of more snow

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

BOSTON — Just as southern New England residents finished digging out from the latest storm, forecasters say more snow is on the way. The region, which has already had record snowfall, saw a dusting of snow Wednesday and …

Anti-Tennessee Gas Pipeline groups seek to intervene in opposing Nova Scotia export terminal

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Several groups opposing the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Northeast Energy Direct project have also filed to become intervenors fighting an export terminal for natural gas they say Tennessee Gas would feed. The Cummington-based Massachusetts Pipeline Action Network on Monday called on the U.S. Department of Energy to extend the …

Environmental news in brief

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Researchers help guard sunken tribal artifacts from planned turbines PROVIDENCE, R.I. — University of Rhode Island researchers are working with Native Americans to ensure that energy companies hoping to erect massive wind turbines off New England don’t inadvertently disturb the tribes’ ceremonial sites and burial grounds, now submerged …

Mount Holyoke College physics professor Alexi Arango seeks new ways to produce solar cells

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — In the custom-designed, state-of-the-art solar cell fabrication laboratory at Mount Holyoke College, Alexi Arango and his students are performing cutting-edge research on new semiconducting materials. Arango, 39, an assistant professor of physics, is exploring ways …