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Environment

REBECCA REID
"Hitchcock Center educator Helen Ann Sephton explaining the natural water cycle to students. Mimicking nature, a project meeting the Living Building Challenge has to supply all its water needs by captured precipitation or other natural closed-loop water systems, along with recycling its wastewater.

Earth Matters: The changing face of environmental education

Friday, February 27, 2015

How do we equip ourselves and our children with the tools needed to sustain the Earth? This is a challenging time for the field of environmental education. It’s no longer enough for environmental centers to help people learn about the natural world and the ecological systems that support life. The potentially devastating consequences of humans’ actions on the environment make …

Local bird sightings

Friday, February 27, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A northern shrike continues to be seen in Windsor, and a Bohemian waxwing was also found. A rough-legged hawk continues in Lee, and five black vultures were seen in Sheffield. A clay-colored sparrow continues to come to a feeder …

Valley Views: Winter Full Moon

Friday, February 27, 2015

China lead contributor to plastic trash in oceans

Friday, February 13, 2015

The first worldwide estimate of where the ocean’s massive amount of plastic garbage comes from points at China and developing economies in Asia. The study, published online Thursday in the journal Science, estimates that China’s heavily coastal population contributes 1.3 million to 3.5 million metric tons of plastic …

Study: Most plastic trash in oceans from China

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The first worldwide estimate of where the ocean’s massive amount of plastic garbage comes from points at China and developing economies in Asia. The study, published online Thursday in the journal Science, estimates that China’s heavily coastal population contributes 1.3 million to 3.5 million metric tons of plastic …

Fresh cold snap brings threat of more snow

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

BOSTON — Just as southern New England residents finished digging out from the latest storm, forecasters say more snow is on the way. The region, which has already had record snowfall, saw a dusting of snow Wednesday and …

Anti-Tennessee Gas Pipeline groups seek to intervene in opposing Nova Scotia export terminal

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Several groups opposing the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Northeast Energy Direct project have also filed to become intervenors fighting an export terminal for natural gas they say Tennessee Gas would feed. The Cummington-based Massachusetts Pipeline Action Network on Monday called on the U.S. Department of Energy to extend the …

Environmental news in brief

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Researchers help guard sunken tribal artifacts from planned turbines PROVIDENCE, R.I. — University of Rhode Island researchers are working with Native Americans to ensure that energy companies hoping to erect massive wind turbines off New England don’t inadvertently disturb the tribes’ ceremonial sites and burial grounds, now submerged …

Mount Holyoke College physics professor Alexi Arango seeks new ways to produce solar cells

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — In the custom-designed, state-of-the-art solar cell fabrication laboratory at Mount Holyoke College, Alexi Arango and his students are performing cutting-edge research on new semiconducting materials. Arango, 39, an assistant professor of physics, is exploring ways …

Researchers who use bees to study neuroscience suggest social imbalances cause sudden collapse of colonies

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Environmental stressors that push honey bees to begin foraging earlier in life can cause a domino effect on hives, accelerating their sudden collapse, a new study suggests. The study, based on hive experiments and computer models, showed that any stress that causes younger bees to begin leaving the …

Four Rivers Charter Public School seniors produce documentary about Cape Wind project

Saturday, February 7, 2015

GREENFIELD — Throughout the school year, seniors at Four Rivers Charter Public School have been researching the Cape Wind offshore wind project, talking to stakeholders and traveling to Cape Cod to study energy and its politics and economic …

Acapulco, Mexico, officials find 60 abandoned bodies at funeral home

Friday, February 6, 2015

ACAPULCO, Mexico — Sixty rotting bodies have been found at a shuttered crematorium near Acapulco after neighbors complained to authorities about a foul smell coming from the building, officials said Friday. The bodies, including those of men, women …

Valley Views: Northern Shrike, Arcadia

Friday, February 6, 2015

Northern Shrike, Arcadia Coombs Road, Arcadia Wildlife Refuge, Easthampton Photograph and text by Jeff Pilger, Easthampton While walking down a dirt road in November at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton, this not-so-common northern shrike perched on a vine …