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In this undated photo provided by the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Cecil the lion rests in Hwange National Park, in Hwange, Zimbabwe. Two Zimbabweans arrested for illegally hunting a lion appeared in court Wednesday, July 29, 2015. The head of Zimbabwe’s safari association said the killing was unethical and that it couldn’t even be classified as a hunt, since the lion killed by an American dentist was lured into the kill zone. (Andy Loveridge/Wildlife Conservation Research Unit via AP)

Zimbabweans find foreign outrage over lion’s death excessive

Friday, July 31, 2015

HARARE, Zimbabwe — While the death of a protected lion in Zimbabwe has caused outrage in the United States — much of it centered on the Minnesota dentist who killed the animal — most in Zimbabwe expressed a degree of bafflement over the concern. The discovery that Cecil, the star of Zimbabwe national park had been lured out and killed …

Lion killer stays away from protests at his Minn. dental office

Thursday, July 30, 2015

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A Minnesota dentist who has become the target of worldwide outrage for hunting and killing a protected lion in Zimbabwe advised patients Wednesday to seek care elsewhere and said he rarely discussed his big-game hunting because it can be a “divisive and emotionally charged topic.” Walter James Palmer remained …

Giant panda is oldest ever in captivity

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

HONG KONG — The oldest giant panda ever in captivity has tasted a vegetable ice cake and, of course, bamboo in celebration of her 37th birthday. Jia Jia was recognized Tuesday as holding two Guinness World Records, the oldest ever and the oldest living giant panda. Born in 1978, Jia Jia has lived …

State Energy Facilities Siting Board schedules hearing in Greenfield on Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The public will have another opportunity to sound off about the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline Northeast Energy Direct project — this time before the state’s Energy Facilities Siting Board. The board, which is among state agencies participating in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s review of the proposed pipeline …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline compressor proposed for Northfield would be among largest in US

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The 80,000 horsepower compressor station proposed to be built in Northfield would be among the very largest compressor stations along natural gas pipelines in the United States, according to a federal listing. In fact, the three 80,000-horsepower compressor stations planned in Northfield, Windsor, New Hampshire, and Hillsborough, New …

Residents, businesses and nonprofits in Plainfield, Ashfield and Buckland eligible for solar-energy discounts

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Solarize Plainfield-Ashfield-Buckland consortium has enough households signed up to qualify for the deepest discount possible on the purchase of solar-energy panel systems — at a $3.40-per-watt base price. With 38 households on board to buy photovoltaic systems that will collectively generate up to 285 kilowatts (kW) of …

Two dead, 6 missing after floods hit Ky. community

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

FLAT GAP, Ky. — Doris Hardin watched the water rise from the window of her mobile home in rural Johnson County. Her lights flickered off then her neighbor banged on the door, shouting for her to flee. She …

Mount Holyoke Range Landscape Partnership adds about 1,000 acres for preservation

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

HADLEY — About 1,000 acres in the Mount Holyoke Range will be added to a preservation program, bringing the total acreage of protected land in the Mount Holyoke and Mount Tom areas to 11,000. Department of Conservation and …

Easthampton’s fish ladder functional; Atlantic salmon, other species, spotted

Monday, July 13, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — After more than a decade of planning, four years of on-and-off construction and $1.35 million, the city’s much-hyped fish ladder is operating and ending its first year of shuttling aquatic species to the upper reaches of …

Police say cause of RI beach blast may remain a mystery

Monday, July 13, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Investigators have found no physical evidence of an explosion on the ground after a woman on a Rhode Island beach was thrown into a rock jetty, and officials said Monday there may never be an explanation as to what exactly happened. “It could be a …

Huge herring haul worries rival fishermen, environmentalists

Monday, July 13, 2015

ROCKLAND, Maine — A little fish that New Englanders have sought since the Colonial era is at the center of a battle over how to manage massive boats that trawl swaths of ocean off the East Coast. The …

Scientists at Brown study fungus that’s killing bats

Sunday, July 12, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Researchers in Rhode Island may be one step closer to figuring out how a mysterious disease known as white-nose syndrome is killing off bats across North America. A team of scientists led by Brown University …

Look Park’s new sentinel

Saturday, July 11, 2015

PHOEBE JONES …