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Divers stop oil leaking from sunken WWII ship, but threat still looms

Thursday, July 31, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C.— The W.E. Hutton is one of hundreds of wrecks off the North Carolina coast, known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic, where treacherous currents, shifting sands and strong storms have feasted on ships for centuries. Earlier this month, the Coast Guard received a call from a fishing boat reporting a small amount oil leaking on the surface of the ocean 35 miles southeast of Cape Lookout. It was … 0

‘Ocean safari’ shark watch on offer

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

BARNSTABLE (AP) — Two marine conservation groups are offering a daylong ocean trip on Cape Cod to search for great white sharks, humpback whales, gray seals and seabirds in their wild habitat, billing the trip as the first of its kind and calling it a safari. Organizers say there’s room for about 250 people on the Sept. 6 expedition. It is intended to … 0

A weather eye

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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Old Field Farm: Moving toward sustainability

Friday, July 4, 2014

Two years ago, we moved into our new home: a renovated early-19th-century house on nine acres in Leverett, which we’ve named Old Field Farm. This event marked a new level in our ability to live according to our … 0

Agency wants Vermont Yankee to monitor warming of Connecticut River with water samples

Friday, July 4, 2014

VERNON, Vt. — The state’s Agency of Natural Resources wants the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant to monitor how much it warms the Connecticut River with actual sampling rather than through estimates and calculations. The agency on Thursday released its long-awaited draft permit for the nuclear plant governing … 0

Vermont Yankee closing’s economic impact on region assessed

Friday, July 4, 2014

It has been 17 years since University of Massachusetts economic development researcher John R. Mullin published his study on the Yankee Atomic plant’s closing and its impact on the region around Rowe. Now, as the tri-state region looks at how to address the economic dislocation of the Vermont … 0

Arthur threatens 4th plans along East Coast

Thursday, July 3, 2014

KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. — A strengthening Hurricane Arthur forced thousands of vacationers on the North Carolina coast to abandon their Independence Day plans while cities farther up the East Coast rescheduled fireworks displays threatened by rain from … 0

Manatees might lose their endangered status

Thursday, July 3, 2014

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The manatee’s 47-year run as an endangered species may soon come to an end, as the federal government assesses whether the tubby marine mammal can look forward to a brighter future. The U.S. Fish … 0

Severe weather causes power outages Wednesday, while threat of more storms prompt concern about July 4 festivities

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Severe weather including heavy rain, lightning and wind moved through the Pioneer Valley late Wednesday afternoon, knocking out power for thousands of customers, bringing down tree limbs, and prompting the National Weather Service to issue severe thunderstorm and … 0

Tennessee Gas Pipeline project would include compressor station

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The natural gas pipeline project that would pass through Plainfield in Hampshire County and nine Franklin County towns also includes a barn-sized compressor station to maintain pressure on the line. The pumping station, which a Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. map of its proposed Northeast Energy Direct project shows … 0

Lightning strikes near Vt. firefighters

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

GUILFORD, Vt. (AP) — Seven firefighters were checked for injuries after lightning struck nearby as they battled a blaze in Guilford. According to a posting on the Guilford Volunteer Fire Department’s Facebook page, firefighters from that company and others were working on a structure fire Wednesday afternoon when … 0

Storm spurs evacuation order for Outer Banks

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

CHARLESTON, S.C. — As one of the year’s busiest travel weekends approaches, so does another visitor: Tropical Storm Arthur, expected to grow into a hurricane by the Fourth of July and hit most harshly at North Carolina’s Outer Banks, a popular getaway spot of thin barrier islands along … 0

Study: Ocean’s plastic garbage disappearing

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Plastic seems to be disappearing from the world’s oceans, and scientists are not sure why. Exposure to waves and radiation from the sun can cause plastics to break down into micro-fragments, but scientists say those fragments are stable and durable enough to last for hundreds of thousands of … 0