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In this Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 photo, an eagle sits on a branch near the shoreline of the Rappahannock river at Fones Cliff in Richmond County, Va. A developer is proposing a luxury development of hundreds of homes and other attractions on a cliff overlooking this critical feeding area for migratory waterfowl. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

A proposed luxury resort where eagles soar stirs anger

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

WARSAW, Va. — Twice a year, bald eagles from as far north as Canada and as far south as Florida flock by the thousands to a stretch of the Rappahannock River in Virginia for an all-you-can-eat buffet. They perch in trees atop pale cliffs rising along this river to the Chesapeake Bay and dive bomb the waters for shad, catfish, …

Leaders make pitches on climate

Monday, November 30, 2015

LE BOURGET, France — With dramatic vows to save future generations from an overheated planet, the largest gathering ever of world leaders began two weeks of talks Monday aimed at producing the most far-reaching pact yet to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and avert environmental havoc. “We should ask what will we say to our …

Marchers in Northampton call for decisive international action on climate change

Sunday, November 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Among the first to arrive at Sunday’s climate march, Beth Fairservis assembled her Mother Earth puppet, an 8-foot-tall, full-body puppet she made herself with a likeness of planet Earth in the middle of its forehead. “She brings a lot of peace and, of course, love to the world,” Fairservis said as …

Solarize PAB signs up 104 residents in Plainfield, Ashfield and Buckland

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Plainfield, Ashfield and Buckland residents have signed up for 104 solar photovoltaic energy systems through the Solarize PAB (Plainfield, Ashfield, Buckland) purchasing collective, which will result in about 800 kilowatts of solar-produced energy to be produced in those …

US, Cuba authorize environmental accord

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

HAVANA — The United States and Cuba signed an agreement Wednesday to join forces and protect the vast array of fish and corals they share as countries separated by just 90 miles, the first environmental accord since announcing …

Study commissioned by Attorney General Maura Healey finds no need for increased gas supply

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

A new energy reliability report commissioned by state Attorney General Maura Healey concludes that New England is unlikely to face electric reliability issues in the next 15 years and that energy efficiency and “demand-response” mechanisms can better provide …

Natural gas pipeline opponent seeks extension for prospective intervenors to file with federal commission

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

On the eve of the expected filing by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. of its formal application for its controversial Northeast Energy Direct project, a key opponent is asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to extend to 45 days its deadline for prospective intervenors to apply for that …

6 quintillion gallons of water are hiding in the Earth’s crust

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

By Deborah Netburn Los Angeles Times (TNS) Most of us think of the water cycle as something that occurs above ground - water falls from the sky, evaporates back into the atmosphere and then condenses into rain once again. But above-ground water is just a fraction of our …

Forest fires in Indonesia spawn ecological disaster

Monday, November 16, 2015

KAMPAR, Indonesia — For farmer Achmad Rusli, it was a season of smoke: Ten weeks without sunlight for his oranges, guavas and durians, thanks to deliberately set forest fires that burned a chunk of Indonesia the size of …

White deer face uncertain future at defunct weapons site

Monday, November 16, 2015

ROMULUS, N.Y. — Hundreds of ghostly white deer roaming among overgrown munitions bunkers at a sprawling former Army weapons depot face an uncertain future after living and breeding largely undisturbed since the middle of last century. The white …

Zebras flee circus in Philly

Monday, November 16, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — When you hear hoofbeats, the saying goes, you should think horses, not zebras. In Philadelphia on Sunday, you would have been wrong. A pair of zebras escaped from a circus and went running through the streets of west Philadelphia before they were recaptured, police said. The …

Bird sightings

Friday, November 13, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A pair of redheads was found in an open area of Cheshire Lake. A long-tailed duck was seen for two days on the Connecticut …

Valley Views: Enfield Lookout Autumn

Friday, November 13, 2015

Enfield Lookout, Autumn Quabbin Reservoir, Belchertown Photograph and text by Anne E, Ely, Amherst The Quabbin Reservoir has many wonderful spots. One of my favorites is the Enfield Lookout, so called because it overlooks the place of the …