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Berkshire Gas Co. spokesman tells Franklin County Chamber of Commerce of ‘critical need’ for Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Saturday, April 25, 2015

DEERFIELD — Berkshire Gas Co. spokesman Christopher Farrell made a case last week with the region’s business leaders for what he called the “critical need” for the Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by Tennessee Gas Pipeline. Farrell said it is needed not only to grow the economy, but to keep businesses from leaving. Having Tennessee Gas Pipeline as the only supplier for Berkshire Gas, with all service to Franklin, Hampshire …

Earth Matters: Birdwatching for a cause — but mostly for fun

Friday, April 24, 2015

There are many reasons to watch birds. Developing identification skills, appreciating ecological and evolutionary relationships, appreciating the beauty of birds, visiting interesting places, building lists of species one has seen and enjoying good company are among them. Once a year I have an additional reason to watch birds — supporting environmental education at …

Valley Views: Green Heron, Juvenile

Friday, April 24, 2015

Green Heron, Juvenile University of Massachusetts Campus Pond, Amherst Photograph and text by Georgette deFriesse, Belchertown Last summer, I wandered around the pond at the University of Massachusetts watching the antics of a juvenile green heron. The young ones are a lot of fun to watch because they’re kind of goofy. So are …

Obama warns climate change harming health

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

WASHINGTON — Global warming isn’t just affecting the weather, it’s harming Americans’ health, President Barack Obama said Tuesday as he announced steps government and businesses will take to better understand and deal with the problem. Obama said hazards …

Two new peregrine falcons and one egg at nesting site atop UMass library

Monday, April 6, 2015

AMHERST — For the first time in a dozen years, a new pair of young peregrine falcons has nested on the top of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The nesting site lost …

High-efficiency wood burners winning converts

Sunday, April 5, 2015

ATHENS, N.Y. — With the touch of a finger on an iPod-style screen, Eric Besenfelder can monitor and troubleshoot the shiny, wood-pellet furnace that heats Athens Elementary School in the Hudson Valley. Like the smoky, outdoor wood boilers …

Valley Views

Friday, April 3, 2015

Coyote Cemetery Road, Hadley Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely, South Hadley On a recent drive through the Honey Pot section of Hadley, off Cemetery Road, having seen nothing except a few camera-shy horned larks, I was …

Two new exhibits on view at Robert Floyd gallery

Friday, April 3, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON — Two new exhibits are on view at The Robert Floyd Photo Gallery and Learning Center this month. “Perceptions II” by Bob Solosko of Easthampton runs through April 30. There will be an opening reception Sunday from …

Calif. set to clamp down on water use

Thursday, April 2, 2015

LONG BEACH, Calif. — What’s it going to take to get people to use a lot less water in drought-stricken California, the Technicolor landscape of lush yards, emerald golf courses and aquamarine swimming pools? Residents may be about …

Area brief

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Amherst BIRDS OF PREY TALK — Raptor rehabilitator Julie Anne Collier will give a live birds of prey presentation from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Amherst Copy and Designworks, 37 East Pleasant St. Birds to be displayed include an American kestrel, a peregrine falcon, a red-tailed  hawk and a great horned owl. Collier’s artwork, including portraits of the raptors she cares for, will also be on display. …

Franklin Council of Governments will offer assistance to towns in Tennessee Gas Pipeline filing

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments is looking into providing legal and technical assistance to help towns deal with the Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. The COG’s Regional Pipeline Advisory Committee, which has been coordinating its efforts with the Berkshire Regional Planning …

Report catalogs lasting damage from Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Monday, March 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — Dolphins are dying in unusually high numbers. Sea turtle nests are declining. Tuna are developing abnormally. And pelicans and gulls are suffering from the lasting effects of a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico five years ago, the National Wildlife Federation warned in a …

US offers up to 28% emissions cut for global climate treaty

Monday, March 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — In a highly anticipated announcement, the United States will offer a roughly 28 percent emissions cut as its contribution to a major global climate treaty nearing the final stages of negotiation, according to people briefed on …