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The Arctic is an “indicator region” for the rest of the planet: small differences in temperature there can have profound ecosystem impacts — and can give us a better idea of the types of problems we can all expect down the road.

Earth Talk: Artic changes have wide-ranging effects

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Dear EarthTalk: Why is the Arctic such a crucial area to focus on in efforts to stem global warming?                Joseph Constabile, Dedham The image of a polar bear standing on a shrinking iceberg has become one of the most iconic symbols of global warming, yet few of us realize just how important the …

Valley Views

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Barred Owl Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Easthampton Photograph and text by Dot Barnard, North Hatfield A friend and I visited the Arcadia Sanctuary recently in search of several different birds that had been seen there by local birders in the area. It was a perfect winter day to walk the trails. With binoculars in …

Scientists turn to drones to count growing seal colonies off Nantucket

Friday, February 5, 2016

On a remote island off of Nantucket, scientists are using a tool most commonly associated with war and surveillance to get a look at fuzzy baby seals. Researchers who want to get a handle on the growth of New England’s gray seal population have been using drones as part of an effort to …

2015 Earth’s hottest by wide margin

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

WASHINGTON — Last year wasn’t just the Earth’s hottest year on record — it left a century of high temperature marks in the dust. The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration and NASA announced Wednesday that 2015 was by far …

Study reports that man-made heat put in oceans has doubled since 1997

Monday, January 18, 2016

WASHINGTON — The amount of man-made heat energy absorbed by the seas has doubled since 1997, a study released Monday showed. Scientists have long known that more than 90 percent of the heat energy from man-made global warming …

What makes a chimpanzee a BFF? Trust, study finds

Monday, January 18, 2016

By Karen Kaplan Los Angeles Times (TNS) Trust is the key to friendship — not just for humans, but for chimpanzees as well. Elaborate experiments with chimps reveal that they often trust their BFFs to share a delicious snack. The same isn’t necessarily so when it comes to …

Finger-pricks, bottled water rule daily life in Flint, Michigan

Sunday, January 17, 2016

FLINT, Mich. — The longest line at Freeman Elementary School’s Family Fun Night was not for face painting or food. It was for lead testing. For three months, families in the former auto manufacturing hub of Flint have …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline protestors make 3-day walk through Western Mass. to oppose the project and commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

DEERFIELD — A crowd of peaceful protesters are trekking part of the route of the proposed natural-gas pipeline from Northfield to Plainfield, to both commemorate the life of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and to put a stop …

Your Photos

Friday, January 15, 2016

Earth Matters: Hope, resilience and climate change

Friday, January 15, 2016

Climate change is no longer a distant threat. Its impacts are already being felt across the United States and around the world, with even more devastating impacts ahead unless we change course quickly. As 350.org founder Bill McKibben …

Valley Views: Who Me?

Friday, January 15, 2016

Who Me? Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Easthampton Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely, South Hadley While watching birds at the feeders at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton recently I had to laugh at the antics of the gray …

Robert Floyd gallery in Southampton to host black and white photo shows

Friday, January 15, 2016

The Robert Floyd Photo Gallery and Learning Center, 2 East St., Southampton, is hosting a group photo exhibit “Director’s Picks” from Jan. 25 through Feb. 1. Reception and artist Conversations will be held Jan. 31 at 3 p.m. Wine and local crafted cheese and apple cider will be …

Not just water: City says river’s charm is key to well-being

Thursday, January 14, 2016

By DAN ELLIOTT Associated Press FORT COLLINS, Colo. — A picturesque Colorado river with a peculiar French name is the latest prize in the West’s water wars, where wilderness advocates usually line up against urban and industrial development. …