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Children whose school is under construction sit in the shade of a tree for classes on a hot summer day near Badshahpur, on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Delhi recorded a maximum temperature of 42 degrees Celsius on Wednesday. In southern India, hundreds of people have died since the middle of April as soaring summer temperatures scorch the country, officials said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

Heat kills 1,100 in India

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

HYDERABAD, India (AP) — Soaring summer temperatures in India have left over 1,100 people dead over the past month, officials said Wednesday. Most of the deaths have been reported in the southeastern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telengana. More than 852 people have died from the stifling heat in Andhra Pradesh since May 13, a government statement said. In neighboring …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline meeting raises legal, technical consideration for municipal officials

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Although less heated than many forums about the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline project that would cross western Massachusetts, a two-hour meeting Tuesday hosted by the Franklin Regional Council of Governments raised several legal and technical considerations for many of the roughly 60 municipal officials and others attending. Jeffrey Bernstein of Newton-based BCK Law told the gathering at Greenfield Community College that although the …

Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary earns spot in Yankee Magazine ‘Best of New England’ travel guide

Monday, May 25, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Yankee Magazine has named Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary to its annual list of New England’s best travel destinations. The sanctuary, listed in the category of “Best Birdwatching” in Massachusetts, is featured in the magazine’s Best of New England 2015 Editors’ Choice travel guide. The guide appears in the magazine’s May / June …

Study: CO2 cuts will save 3,500 US lives a year

Monday, May 4, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Obama Administration’s hotly debated plan to reduce heat-trapping carbon dioxide from the nation’s power plants will save about 3,500 lives a year by cutting back on other types of pollution as well, a new independent …

Valley Views: Tree Swallow Pair

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Tree Swallow Pair Pondside Road, Longmeadow Photograph and text by Margaret “Pedge” Daniels, Longmeadow I have a favorite spot for tree-swallow watching down along Pondside Road in Longmeadow, and often visit it just to see who might be …

Heading outdoors: Area activities

Friday, February 13, 2015

∎  Weed Walk and Taste — Wild edible walk with Blanche Derby Saturday, 1 to 3 p.m. Meet at 66 Stage Rd., Westhampton. 584-3381. ∎ Spring Bird Walk — Hitchcock Center for the Environment sponsors walk with John Green at Mount Warner in Hadley Saturday, 7 to 10 …

Environmental news in brief

Saturday, May 2, 2015

IN THE NEWS THE REGULATORS The following are recent state Department of Environmental Protection consent orders and penalty assessments in western Massachusetts. …

Hilltown Voices: Wild and Scenic Westfield River Committee sponsors training in Worthington

Saturday, May 2, 2015

The Wild and Scenic Westfield River Committee is sponsoring a training to teach people how to do visual surveys of the river and its tributaries. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 9, and participants will gather at the Worthington Town Hall. “They will …

For 100 years, celebrities have helped urge animal kindness

Friday, May 1, 2015

LOS ANGELES — These days, people pay piles of cash to pamper their pets, but problems remain on the farm and in the slaughterhouse, on movie sets and at animal shelters — even in the wild. That’s why the American Humane Association is touting its past to move …

Berkshire Gas spokesman apologizes for referring to pipeline opponents as engaging in ‘ecoterrorism’

Friday, May 1, 2015

Ecoterrorism? The term used by Berkshire Gas Co. spokesman Christopher Farrell last week to describe Tennessee Gas Pipeline project opponents has caused some confusion, hard feelings and, in some cases, amusement, among those who say they have never thought of themselves that way. Farrell, the company’s manager of …

Study blames humanity for 75% of very hot days

Monday, April 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — If you find yourself sweating out a day that is monstrously hot, chances are you can blame humanity. A new report links three out of four such days to man’s effects on climate. And as climate …

Late spring complicates amphibian migration

Monday, April 27, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — Northern New England’s annual amphibian migration is always perilous, but critters that cross roads to breed are facing an additional challenge this year: a delayed start after the long winter. Every spring, several species of salamanders and frogs travel to vernal pools — temporary bodies …

Berkshire Gas Co. spokesman tells Franklin County Chamber of Commerce of ‘critical need’ for Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Saturday, April 25, 2015

DEERFIELD — Berkshire Gas Co. spokesman Christopher Farrell made a case last week with the region’s business leaders for what he called the “critical need” for the Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by Tennessee Gas Pipeline. Farrell said it is needed not only to grow the economy, but …