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Environment

Valley Views: Bald Eagle in Flight

Friday, March 27, 2015

Earth Matters: Maybe we are all climate change deniers

Friday, March 27, 2015

If you’re anything like me, you’re a walking contradiction. I understand climate change and what causes it; I read articles about sea level rise, catastrophic drought and the probability of climate refugees, hunger and planetary strife. I deeply understand what we (I) are doing to our only home. I don’t think I’m immune …

Study: Melting of Antarctic ice shelves speeds up in last decade

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The frozen fringes of western Antarctica have been melting 70 percent faster in the last decade, raising concern that an important buttress keeping land-based ice sheets from flowing to the sea could collapse or vanish in coming decades, a new study shows. An acceleration in the flow of massive ice sheets would add substantially to the ongoing rise of sea levels, according to …

Conte Refuge one of more than 550 in country protecting fish, wildlife and plants

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The National Wildlife Refuge System within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve the country’s fish, wildlife, and plants. Established in 1903, the system has grown to contain more than 150 million acres within more than 550 …

First Pioneer Valley Ecological Management Conference fuels collaborative efforts by environmentalists

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — The first Pioneer Valley Ecological Management Conference was deemed a success by organizers who were pleased by the presentations and the community turnout Saturday. “We are thrilled. This was a tremendous mix of people with a …

After the big snow, the big melt

Monday, March 9, 2015

BOSTON — New England is going from the Big Snow to the Big Melt. After winter storms dumped nearly 9 feet of snow over the course of a month, many parts of the region will see milder weather …

States fight to keep their wood fires burning

Sunday, March 8, 2015

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Smoke wafting from wood fires has long provided a familiar winter smell in many parts of the country — and, in some cases, a foggy haze that has filled people’s lungs with fine particles …

Earth Talk: Once promising Cape Wind Project gasping for air

Friday, March 6, 2015

Dear EarthTalk: What’s the latest on the controversial Cape Wind project off Cape Cod in Massachusetts? — Mitchell Barstow, Bern, North Carolina First proposed in 2001, the Cape Wind Project aims to put 130 wind turbines across 24 …

Concern over proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline passing through contaminated rail yard in East Deerfield

Thursday, March 5, 2015

DEERFIELD — With projects to clean up pollution at the Pan Am Railways yard in East Deerfield underway, some town residents are worried that the Tennessee Gas Pipeline route will pass through the property and further spread contaminants. …

Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary to host Pioneer Valley Ecological Management Conference

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — A conference Saturday will showcase some of the best conservation and ecological preservation work in the Pioneer Valley. The Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary at 127 Combs Road will host its first Pioneer Valley Ecological Management Conference Saturday. Free and open to the public, the conference will highlight …

Ice slows business, traffic on NE, Midwest waterways

Monday, March 2, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine — Waterways around the Northeast and the Midwest are beset by ice more than a foot thick in some places, making life miserable for people who make their living on the water. Portland resident Scott Werner …

South Hadley native Robert Murphy funnels lifelong passion for fish into doctoral research at Northeastern University

Sunday, March 1, 2015

CORRECTION: NORTHAMPTON — A story Monday incorrectly stated the perceived health consequences found in striped bass that eat lobster. Researcher Robert Murphy found that the fish had smaller than normal livers. South Hadley High School science teacher Jacob …

Hilltown Voices: Hilltown Land Trust to host oxen logging demonstration and sustainable forest expo

Friday, February 27, 2015

As concerns grow over fossil fuel consumption, there’s greater interest in alternative low-energy production systems. On March 7, the Hilltown Land Trust will offer an event to teach about low-impact sustainable forestry. It will include a walk through a hardwood upland forest and a demonstration by local forester …