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Quabbin Photo Group offers presention from international exhibit Monday

Friday, November 21, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — The featured program of the Quabbin Photo Group’s November meeting is a visual and audio selection of 500 images from the 2014 Massachusetts Camera Naturalists (CAMNATS) International Nature Exhibition. The meeting, which is open to the public, takes place Monday at 7 p.m. at the Belchertown Senior Center, 60 State St. More than 2,100 images were entered in …

Earth Matters: The future of agriculture; we must all be ecologists

Friday, November 21, 2014

In the autumn, as our neighbors fill their grain bins with barley, and their cellars with potatoes, I am always amazed at their productivity. What a long, interesting journey we and our food plants have taken. Yet farms are a relatively recent feature of the landscape in the long evolutionary history of Homo …

Bird Sightings: Birds recently spotted in western Massachusetts

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. An eared grebe was found on Lake Quaboag in Brookfield. A snowy owl, seen one evening in Longmeadow, may be the same one that was seen the next day in Sheffield. The gray jay continues to be seen at …

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 …

Rockies, Midwest get wintry blast

Monday, November 10, 2014

PIERRE, S.D. — A blast of wintry weather blew into parts of the Rockies and Upper Midwest on Monday, bringing a foot of snow in some areas, along with plunging temperatures. The cold weather is expected to eventually …

Northeasst Utilities confident that regulators will approve controversial Northern Pass electrical transmission line

Friday, November 7, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. — The utility company proposing a 187-mile electrical transmission line across New Hampshire said Friday that it’s confident state and federal regulators will agree to a plan by the middle of 2015. On a call with investors, Northeast Utilities says if the proposal is approved, construction …

Environmentalists: Pipeline company threatens NJ residents

Friday, November 7, 2014

HACKENSACK, N.J. — A company that wants to build an oil pipeline through North Jersey is threatening to take homeowners to court if they don’t allow the company access to their properties to determine the pipeline’s path, environmentalists said Thursday. A letter sent to a Parsippany resident in …

Gov. Brown: GOP will climb on bullet train idea

Friday, November 7, 2014

LOS ANGELES — California Gov. Jerry Brown played down concerns Thursday about Republicans killing the state’s $68 billion bullet train, saying that “they’re going to join the chorus” in support of high-speed rail once construction around Fresno and Bakersfield gains momentum. “Look, we have the ingredients to get …