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A woman writes on a sign outside Dr. Walter James Palmer's dental office in Bloomington, Minn., Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Palmer reportedly paid $50,000 to track and kill a black-maned lion, just outside Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

Lion killer stays away from protests at his Minn. dental office

Thursday, July 30, 2015

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A Minnesota dentist who has become the target of worldwide outrage for hunting and killing a protected lion in Zimbabwe advised patients Wednesday to seek care elsewhere and said he rarely discussed his big-game hunting because it can be a “divisive and emotionally charged topic.” Walter James Palmer remained secluded in the face of protests at …

Giant panda is oldest ever in captivity

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

HONG KONG — The oldest giant panda ever in captivity has tasted a vegetable ice cake and, of course, bamboo in celebration of her 37th birthday. Jia Jia was recognized Tuesday as holding two Guinness World Records, the oldest ever and the oldest living giant panda. Born in 1978, Jia Jia has lived …

Minn. man accused in African lion’s death

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — An avid Minnesota hunter accused of illegally killing a protected lion in Zimbabwe said Tuesday that he thought everything about his trip was legal and wasn’t aware of the animal’s status “until the end of the hunt.” Walter Palmer, who has a felony record in the U.S. related to shooting …

Valley Views: Brown creeper

Friday, July 10, 2015

Brown Creeper Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Combs Road, Easthampton Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely, South Hadley Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary on Combs Road in Easthampton is a great place to discover all sorts of birds and wildlife. On …

Bird Sightings

Friday, July 10, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A short-billed dowitcher was found Wednesday on Silver Lake in Pittsfield. Five green herons and an orchard oriole were reported in Longmeadow. Upland sandpipers …

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Opponents seek delay in federal review of Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Friday, July 10, 2015

The Pipeline Awareness Network for the Northeast (PLAN) has joined two other coalitions in asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a delay in the “scoping” process for environmental review of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Northeast Energy Direct project to allow time for analyzing project revisions. The company …

Panel finds fracking uses chemicals with possible contaminating effects

Thursday, July 9, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Hydraulic fracturing uses a host of highly toxic chemicals - the impacts of which are for the most part unknown - that could be contaminating drinking water supplies, wildlife and crops, according to a report released Thursday by a California science panel. The long-awaited final …

Environmental news in brief

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

IN THE NEWS Green movement gains momentum in sports CHICAGO — Andrew Ference was at the beginning of his NHL career when he met Dr. David Suzuki, who hosts a TV show in Canada. The conversation with the award-winning scientist changed the life of the young defenseman. Ference …

Critics of Tennessee Gas Pipeline claim underused facilities already exist to meet need for additional natural gas

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The “need” for a proposed $5 billion natural gas pipeline scrutinized last month by state officials — and in the months ahead by federal authorities — is for a winter peak of just 30 to 40 days a year, argue a variety of critics of the Tennessee Gas …

Better understanding of sharks’ migration patterns may be key to survival

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Her name is Jiffy Lube2, a relatively small shortfin mako shark that, like others of her kind, swims long distances every day in search of prey and comfortable water temperatures. But Jiffy Lube2’s travels are making waves among scientists who study sharks. The 140-pound …

Exploring alternatives as bans on single-use plastic bags become more common

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Sometimes referred to as “urban tumbleweed” littering streets and clogging sewers, single-use plastic bags are an scourge to healthy ecosystems across the globe. This has prompted bans and taxes on their use in a number of countries including …

Odds of split-colored lobster? 1 in 50 million

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

SCARBOROUGH, Maine — A rare orange-brown split-colored lobster has turned up off the coast of Maine. The Press Herald reports that the unusual lobster arrived last week at Pine Point Fisherman’s Co-Op in Scarborough. According to research by …