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Hampshire Power will supply Lowell with locally produced renewable energy in first-of-its-kind deal

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In what its leaders believe is a first-of-its-kind agreement, the Hampshire Council of Governments has signed a deal to supply power to the city of Lowell solely through renewable energy produced in New England. The state’s fourth-largest city in northeastern Massachusetts during September signed a contract through which Hampshire Power will supply electricity to about 31,000 residential and 4,200 commercial ratepayers citywide. Hampshire Power is a unit of …

‘Ghost riders’ draw scrutiny for transit systems

Sunday, September 28, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Transit agencies across Pennsylvania are being scrutinized by the state over the subsidies they claim for transporting riders 65 and older, with at least four agencies being docked millions for inflating senior ridership numbers. Criminal charges are pending against two high-ranking employees of the transit agency in Wilkes-Barre, and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has demanded it pay a $3.1 …

Miraculous migrations in the insect world

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Now that summer is behind us, many Valley residents are making plans for trips to warmer climes during the colder months and students are migrating back to college. But we aren’t the only creatures traversing thousands of miles when the seasons change — many insects use migration to their advantage. For instance, the …

‘Disruption’ documentary about climate change will be screened Tuesday; more than 1,000 people from Valley expected at People’s Climate March

Monday, September 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A documentary that traces the history of climate change and profiles the People’s Climate March in New York City on Sunday will be shown in Northampton Tuesday night. “Disruption” is being screened at 7 p.m. at Stoddard Hall auditorium on Elm Street across from the Art …

Connecticut River Watershed Council raises concerns about water discharge permit for Vermont Yankee

Saturday, September 13, 2014

VERNON, Vt. — The state’s Agency of Natural Resources is scheduled to issue a new water discharge permit later this month for the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, even though the plant will be a few months away from permanently shutting down by then. Still, the Connecticut River Watershed …

Scientists say ozone layer is recovering

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

WASHINGTON — Earth’s protective but fragile ozone layer is beginning to recover, largely because of the phase-out since the 1980s of certain chemicals used in refrigerants and aerosol cans, a U.N. scientific panel reported Wednesday in a rare …

Kinder Morgan has 15 days to answer Deerfield Board of Health questions about proposed natural gas pipeline

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

DEERFIELD — Kinder Morgan has 15 days to respond to concerns raised by the town’s Board of Health before it meets to evaluate the safety of the company’s proposed natural gas pipeline and decide whether it should be allowed to pass through the town. During a public hearing …

CO2 pollution levels at record high in 2013

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

GENEVA — Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere reached a record high in 2013 as increasing levels of man-made pollution transform the planet, the U.N. weather agency said Tuesday. The heat-trapping gas blamed for the largest share of …

Deerfield Board of Health to hold hearing on Tennessee Gas Co. pipeline

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

DEERFIELD — The Board of Health will hold a public hearing tonight to discuss whether the proposed Tennessee Gas Co. pipeline would present an “unacceptable health danger” to the town. The hearing will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Frontier Regional School. Cristobal Bonifaz, a …

Global warming a threat to many birds’ habitats, Audubon reports

Monday, September 8, 2014

WASHINGTON — As the world gets warmer, the Baltimore oriole will no longer be found in Maryland. The Mississippi kite will move north, east and pretty much out of its namesake state. And the California gull will mostly …

Phoenix swamped by rainfall

Monday, September 8, 2014

PHOENIX — The remnants of Hurricane Norbert pushed into the desert Southwest and swamped Phoenix with record rainfall for a single day, turning freeways into small lakes and sending rescuers scrambling to get drivers out of inundated cars. …

Two hit by lightning on Mass. beach

Sunday, September 7, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Ipswich police say two women who were struck by lightning remain in critical condition. Police on Sunday did not identify the women who were injured while at a beach during severe storms on Saturday. Police said one woman is 69 and is from Concord, and …

Great white shark may have attacked kayakers

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

PLYMOUTH (AP) — Authorities say two women in kayaks taking photographs of seals were attacked by what appears to be a great white shark off Plymouth. They were not injured. WCVB-TV reports the women, both in their 20s, were about 150 yards off White Horse Beach in Plymouth …