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‘Bee weeks’ in Amherst, Northampton and Greenfield raise awareness about insect population decline

Friday, April 17, 2015

AMHERST — As the number of honeybees continues to decline, efforts are underway in Amherst, Northampton and Greenfield to promote bee habitats in meadows and to encourage residents and business owners to provide flowers that attract bees. All three communities are putting together “bee weeks” this spring. They begin this week in Amherst with a series of events for children and adults. Amherst is striving to become the first “bee-friendly” …

Valley Views: Blue Heron Rookery

Friday, April 17, 2015

Blue Heron Rookery Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Combs Road, Easthampton Marty Espinola, Northampton In mid-April I made my annual trek to the heron rookery on the Mass Audubon Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton. I stayed for over two hours watching the comings and goings of the herons. One couple was especially active and I …

Forums planned in Greenfield and Turners Falls on proposed Tennessee Gas pipeline

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Two forums on the Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. are scheduled in the coming weeks — one for the general public, the other specifically for potentially affected landowners and communities. To mark Earth Day, the Greenfield Community College Green Campus Committee will host a forum from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the college’s dining commons. The …

Obama orders government to cut emissions

Thursday, March 19, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama ordered the federal government on Thursday to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by nearly half over the next decade, driving his climate change agenda forward despite percolating challenges from Republican-led states. By curtailing …

Sky gazers flock to Faeroes for total solar eclipse

Thursday, March 19, 2015

TORSHAVN, Faeroe Islands — For months, even years, hotels on the remote Faeroe Islands have been fully booked by fans who don’t want to miss an almost three-minute-long astronomical sensation. Now the sky gazers just hope the clouds …

Florida manatee count tallies record high

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

MIAMI — Two years after Florida tallied a record number of manatee deaths, state biologists announced Monday that they have documented a near stampede of wintering sea cows in recent months. An annual statewide survey, conducted over several days in February, counted a record high of 6,063 manatees …

Boston breaks seasonal snowfall record

Sunday, March 15, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Boston’s miserable winter is now also its snowiest season going back to 1872. The official measurement of 108.6 inches at Logan International Airport Sunday night topped a season record of 107.9 inches set in 1995-96, …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline files environmental report with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Friday, March 13, 2015

Proponents of a natural gas pipeline that would cross western Massachusetts passed a key milestone Friday by filing its first draft environmental impact report on the roughly $5 billion project with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. is proposing that its Northeast Energy Direct project …

Valley Views: Cardinal Way Pond Mythic Monster

Friday, March 13, 2015

Cardinal Way Pond Mythic Monster Cardinal Way and Burts Pit Road, Florence Photograph and text by Larry Cadotette of Florence This small pound, located near the intersection of Cardinal Way and Burts Pit Road in Florence, is a …

Earth Matters: Global is local: How the climate is changing in the Northeast

Friday, March 13, 2015

Climate change is a huge issue for the entire planet and it touches all parts of our lives. We can see it right here in our region. The good news is that citizens and institutions are responding. New …

Final stages for cleaning two polluted sites at East Deerfield Rail Yard

Friday, March 13, 2015

DEERFIELD — The cleanup of two polluted sites in the East Deerfield Rail Yard is in its final stages. Lyndsey Colburn, a project manager from Environmental Resource Management, the environmental consulting firm hired by rail yard owner Pan Am Railways to oversee the project, told the Select Board …

Historic Deerfield denies permission for Tennessee Gas to survey near Pine Hill

Thursday, March 12, 2015

DEERFIELD — Historic Deerfield now officially counts itself among the growing number of groups standing against the Tennessee Gas Co. proposed pipeline, which is expected to pass through the museum’s property in the North Meadows section of Deerfield. Museum President Philip Zea, in a letter to James D. …

State Sen. Benjamin Downing on legislative committee which issued report on climate change

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A new state Senate report on climate change is a call to action for the new Baker administration, as well as the Legislature, to set policies in the face of deepening environmental impacts, said state Sen. Benjamin Downing, one of six members on the committee which drafted the …