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Businesses invited to briefings in Hadley, Greenfield on Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A statewide industrial group and local chambers of commerce have scheduled by-invitation-only meetings Tuesday in Hadley and Greenfield to brief businesses about the project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. Associated Industries of Massachusetts is the co-sponsor of the “business community energy briefing” sessions. The meeting in Hadley was organized with the Greater Northampton and Amherst Area chambers of commerce, but Dawn Creighton, western Massachusetts director for AIM, declined …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline considers moving part of route from Franklin County into New Hampshire

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A route through New Hampshire for the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project has emerged as the primary path for the planned pipeline. Tennessee Gas Pipeline, which earlier this month proposed several alternatives to a route crossing through nine Franklin County towns on its path from Wright, N.Y., to Dracut, now plans to list the New Hampshire route as preferred for the $4 billion …

Barley helped ancient humans inhabit ‘Roof of the World’

Monday, November 24, 2014

How did human settlements manage to reach high altitudes in the Tibetan Plateau, a region known as the “Roof of the World”? An international team of researchers has a simple answer: barley. The findings, published in the journal Science, reveal a key factor that helped human settlements overcome such harsh, unforgiving environments. Archaeologists have found traces of intermittent human presence high on the …

Earth Talk: Global warming threatens crop nurtients

Friday, November 14, 2014

Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that global warming is causing our crops to be less nutritious? — William Persson, Glendale, Ohio It is difficult to say whether or not the climate change we are now experiencing is negatively …

French police out in force to track ‘tiger’ on prowl

Thursday, November 13, 2014

PARIS (AP) — Scores of police patrolled a small town west of the French capital on Thursday night after a tiger eluded a massive search and remained on the prowl in the region near Disneyland Paris. The small …

Sage grouse gets federal protection

Thursday, November 13, 2014

DENVER — Federal officials granted protection to the Gunnison sage grouse on Wednesday, a move that could bring restrictions on oil and gas drilling and other activity to preserve the bird’s habitat in parts of Colorado and Utah. …

California leads by example on climate change

Thursday, November 13, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — As the U.S. and China — the world’s top two polluting nations — turn to implementing new rules aimed at curbing climate change, the countries can look to the most populous U.S. state as an example of the costs and challenges of fighting global warming. …

Scientists cool to US-China climate pact

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

WASHINGTON — Don’t expect the landmark U.S.-China climate change agreement to nudge the world’s rising thermostat downward much on its own, scientists say. While they hail it as a start, experts who study heat-trapping carbon dioxide don’t see …

‘Free plants’ sign leads to magnolia mix-up at Smith College Lyman Conservatory

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Students and staff at the Smith College Lyman Conservatory were relieved to learn Wednesday that the disappearance of a flat of rare plants was the result of a mix-up, not a theft. The plants, which had …

Snow, cold sock Upper Midwest

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

PIERRE, S.D. — People in the Upper Midwest and Rockies woke up to frigid temperatures Tuesday, with heavy snow blanketing some areas. Other parts of the country are expecting a dose of the icy weather later this week …

Underwater ‘storms’ may hold key to melting Antarctic ice

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Scientists using robotic ocean gliders to wander frigid Antarctic waters say they may have discovered a mechanism behind the melting of polar ice shelves - miniature submarine “storms” that are lobbing packets of warmer water toward the continent. The findings, published in the journal Nature Geoscience, shed light …

UMass reviews environmental impact of proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Monday, November 10, 2014

The University of Massachusetts is reviewing the state’s environmental resources that could be affected by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s proposed 128-mile route across the state. The university’s Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment plans to issue a series of reports beginning this month that will put the …

Study: Dead zones getting worse with warming

Monday, November 10, 2014

WASHINGTON — Global warming is likely playing a bigger role than previously thought in dead zones in oceans, lakes and rivers around the world and it’s only going to get worse, according to a new study. Dead zones …