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Environment

Greenpeace ship released by Russia after 10 months

Friday, August 1, 2014

The Greenpeace protest ship Arctic Sunrise has been released after 10 months of detention by Russian authorities and the damaged icebreaker is now limping back home to Amsterdam, the environmental activist group said Friday. The Arctic Sunrise was boarded and seized by Russian forces Sept. 19 and the 30 crew members and journalists on board were arrested as they protested oil-drilling by Russian companies in the Arctic Circle. Russia’s Investigative … 0

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, August 1, 2014

HAWK College Highway, Southampton Photograph and text by Andrew Brodeur of Southampton This beautiful hawk was about 40 feet up in a tree on Route 10, very close to the Westfield- Southampton line. When I noticed it, I pulled over quickly, jumped out of my truck and started creating images. It sat there … 0

A naturalist mows the lawn

Friday, August 1, 2014

Lawn mowing gets me thinking. I think about why I mow the lawn; the one-word answer that often comes to me is “wood.” Left alone, most New England soil eventually grows forest. Trees block views, threaten damage from falling branches and trunks, and shade out gardens. If I want open space I need … 0

Ohio scientist to test water before fracking soars

Sunday, July 13, 2014

As the shale gas boom was making its way into Ohio in 2012, University of Cincinnati scientist Amy Townsend-Small began testing private water wells in Carroll County, the epicenter of the Utica Shale. Her project, which includes samples of more than 100 wells, is one of the few … 0

Deerfield fruit farm owner Tom Clark decries Tennessee Gas pipeline project

Friday, July 11, 2014

DEERFIELD — Clarkdale Fruit Farm, usually associated with acres of apples, peaches and cherries, became a focus Friday of growing opposition to the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline, as dozens of anti-pipeline protesters gathered at one stop of a … 0

Earth Talk: Is there a link between obesity and chemicals in everyday products?

Friday, July 11, 2014

Dear EarthTalk: I’ve heard that, above and beyond our bad eating and lifestyle habits, some chemicals in everyday products are contributing to the obesity problem. Can you explain? — Alyssa Israel, Fairfield, Conn. Obesity is a huge problem … 0

Bird Sightings

Friday, July 11, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A red crossbill was heard calling as it flew over the southern end of the Quabbin Reservoir. A black vulture was seen in Belchertown. … 0

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, July 11, 2014

PILEATED WOODPECKER Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Coombs Road, Easthampton Photograph and text by Bette Robo of Worcester My first walk through Arcadia was in May, during a photo workshop field trip. The instructor led us to one of his … 0

Nice day for a walk

Friday, July 11, 2014

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Researchers try to save hellbender, largest US salamander

Thursday, July 10, 2014

CORYDON, Ind. — With a long, slimy body and beady eyes, North America’s largest salamander wouldn’t top any cutest animal lists. The hellbender’s alien appearance and mysterious ways have earned the big amphibian a bad reputation and unflattering … 0

Yarnell Hill fire: A year of agonized, unanswered questions

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

YARNELL, Ariz. — Wildland fire chief Darrell Willis tore along the highway and turned on his truck’s headlights to cut the smoke. Ash and embers rained down around him. Over the past two days, in June 2013, a … 0

Undersea mission in Florida Keys concludes

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

MIAMI — Outside the view port of the underwater habitat Aquarius, during the Fabien Cousteau-led Mission 31, a Goliath Grouper nicknamed Sylvia attacked a barracuda while a reef shark and aquanauts watched in delight. “Oh, did you see that?” one of the aquanauts said with the excitement of … 0

Rescuers save large sea turtle off Cape Cod

Monday, July 7, 2014

BARNSTABLE (AP) — Animal rescuers say they have disentangled a large leatherback sea turtle that was trapped in fishing gear off of Cape Cod. Fishermen spotted the turtle off the Sandy Neck section of Barnstable on Sunday. The fishermen reported the sighting to the U.S. Coast Guard who … 0