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Quabbin region joins Global People’s Climate March for the Earth

Thursday, November 26, 2015

As France prepares for next week’s gathering of world leaders to act on climate change, citizens from the Quabbin region will join with over 2,500 other groups around the world to stage the Global People’s Climate March for the Earth. The North Quabbin People’s March will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Uptown Common in Athol. The common purpose of the international marches are to push …

UN expects 2015 to break heat record

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Because of man-made global warming and a strong El Nino, Earth’s wild weather this year is bursting the annual heat record, the World Meteorological Organization announced on Wednesday. The United Nations weather agency’s early bird report on 2015 says it is the hottest year on record, surpassing last year’s record heat. …

Horns, body of Nola the rhino to be preserved at Smithsonian

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

SAN DIEGO — The horns and body of Nola, the northern white rhino who died Sunday at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, are being sent to the Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington to assist researchers. Nola’s death leaves only three northern white rhinos in the world — all in the Ol Pejeta Sanctuary in Kenya. At 41, …

Environmental news briefs

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

IN THE NEWS Litter gatherers honored as ‘Heroes of the Ocean’ BOSTON — Volunteers who remove plastic bags, bottles and other litter from Massachusetts’ beaches are being honored this week as “Heroes of the Ocean.” The environmentalist group Women Working for Oceans and the Massachusetts Sierra Club, in …

Regional agencies oppose increased Connecticut River water release by Northfield Mountain hydroelectric station

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Two regional organizations are objecting to a proposal for the Northfield Mountain hydroelectric station to pump and release 25 percent more water from the Connecticut River over the next several months to generate more electricity for …

Americans about evenly split in choice of cremation or burial

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

According to The National Funeral Directors Association, in 2014 the national median cost of a conventional adult funeral with viewing, burial and vault was $8,508. The median cost of a funeral with viewing and cremation was $6,078. Though conservation burial prices vary by location, they generally cost about …

‘Woodland partnership’ would offer financial and technical assistance for forest-based economic development

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Eleven western Franklin County towns could get an economic boost with state and federal grants to help preserve woodlands, manage timber, boost tourism and forestry industries — including wood-pellet manufacturing to heat town-owned buildings, according to a new …

Rejection of Keystone XL pipeline latest step by President Barack Obama to show US leadership against global warming

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

WASHINGTON — For years, President Barack Obama chided Republicans and Democrats alike for treating the Keystone XL pipeline as a signal of whether the U.S. would seriously fight global warming. Now that he’s killed the project, Obama is …

Green burial movement advocates alternative to conventional interment

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

As green living continues to take a more prominent place in the United States, there is now a growing movement that is focusing on green dying. “Imagine living your whole life as an environmentally conscious person and at …

Environmentalists support smaller of two expansion plans for Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge

Monday, November 9, 2015

HADLEY — Local environmentalists who testified during a hearing Monday on management options for the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge said they prefer the smaller of two expansion plans. Roughly 60 people attended the hour-long …

Keystone off the table, but back East, pipeline fight builds

Monday, November 9, 2015

ROCKY MOUNT, Va. — Carolyn and Ian Reilly and their four children left Florida’s sprawl in 2010 to farm 58 acres in rural Virginia, raising beef cattle, chicken and hogs. Then a year ago, they learned a natural …

World Bank: Warming to exacerbate poverty

Sunday, November 8, 2015

STOCKHOLM — Climate change could push more than 100 million people into extreme poverty by 2030 by disrupting agriculture and fueling the spread of malaria and other diseases, the World Bank said in a report Sunday. Released just …

Local activists, sustainability experts say Keystone decision a move in the right direction

Friday, November 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Local activists and sustainability experts view President Barack Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL project as an important economic and environmental step in reducing the country’s dependency on oil and paving the way for expansion of …