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Environment

Workshop Tuesday in Greenfield on federal review of Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Saturday, May 23, 2015

To help communities in the region plan for the formal federal review process of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project, the Franklin Regional Council of Governments, with the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, will hold a workshop at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the dining commons at Greenfield Community College. The meeting, funded as part of a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, is intended …

Area legislators join anti-pipeline groups seeking legal status to intervene in Berkshire Gas pact with Tennesee Gas

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Several area state legislators are joining anti-pipeline groups seeking legal status to intervene in the request by Berkshire Gas Co. to become a customer of the planned Tennessee Gas Pipeline project. Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, has joined with an affiliate of Massachusetts PipeLine Awareness Network in its formal filing for intervenor status in …

Congressman James McGovern, attorneys for environmental groups criticize Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Friday, May 22, 2015

Two letters released by federal officials this week — including one by Congressman James McGovern — chide the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. for lack of transparency and misleading statements about its proposed Northeast Energy Direct Project. In letters to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, McGovern and attorneys for a coalition of environmental groups …

Plastic bag, bottle bans take effect in Massachusetts towns

Sunday, May 10, 2015

GREENFIELD — Several cities and towns throughout the state have banned either plastic bags or bottles. Some are considering banning more plastic items in the future. But it appears Greenfield may be the first to try to ban …

Gas pipeline opponents plan presentation at Deerfield Community Center

Saturday, May 9, 2015

DEERFIELD — Hattie Nestel of Athol and David Keith of Deerfield will address the question “Why the Pipeline Is Bad for Massachusetts” during a presentation from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the Deerfield Community Center, 16 Old Main St., in Old Deerfield. The presenters said they will …

Earth Matters: Hormones, another amazing aspect of trees’ wondrous systems

Friday, May 8, 2015

In my Jan. 31 column, I wrote about the incredible complexity of trees’ hydraulic system. Now, I’m going to focus on another amazing way trees have evolved to survive: their hormonal system. Yes, that’s right — their hormonal …

Heading outdoors: Area activities

Friday, February 13, 2015

∎  “Florence: Dedicated to the Proposition”: A History Walking Tour — Historical walking tour covering the founding of Florence Saturday, 10 a.m., Sojourner Truth Memorial, corner of Park and Pine Streets, Florence. 586-2869 . ∎  Wildflower Hike and Vernal Pool Exploration — Trustees of Reservations sponsor hike with …

Forecasters predict more Plains storms

Thursday, May 7, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY — Communities in several southern Plains states set to work cleaning up Thursday after a night of storms that spawned 51 tornadoes, assessing the damage under sunny skies but with the threat of even worse weather …

CO2 hits 400 ppm milestone

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

WASHINGTON — Global levels of carbon dioxide, the most prevalent heat-trapping gas, have passed a daunting milestone, federal scientists say. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says in March, the global monthly average for carbon dioxide hit 400.83 …

Calif. regulators approve sweeping water cutbacks

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California water regulators adopted sweeping, unprecedented restrictions Tuesday on how people, governments and businesses can use water amid the state’s ongoing drought. The State Water Resources Control Board approved rules that force cities to limit …

Study: CO2 cuts will save 3,500 US lives a year

Monday, May 4, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Obama Administration’s hotly debated plan to reduce heat-trapping carbon dioxide from the nation’s power plants will save about 3,500 lives a year by cutting back on other types of pollution as well, a new independent …

Valley Views: Tree Swallow Pair

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Tree Swallow Pair Pondside Road, Longmeadow Photograph and text by Margaret “Pedge” Daniels, Longmeadow I have a favorite spot for tree-swallow watching down along Pondside Road in Longmeadow, and often visit it just to see who might be …

Heading outdoors: Area activities

Friday, February 13, 2015

∎  Weed Walk and Taste — Wild edible walk with Blanche Derby Saturday, 1 to 3 p.m. Meet at 66 Stage Rd., Westhampton. 584-3381. ∎ Spring Bird Walk — Hitchcock Center for the Environment sponsors walk with John Green at Mount Warner in Hadley Saturday, 7 to 10 …