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Judge won’t stop planned Florida bear hunt

Friday, October 2, 2015

By Gray Rohrer Orlando Sentinel (TNS) TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Licensed Floridians will still be able to bag a bear in Florida later this month after a state judge Thursday refused to stop the planned hunt. “The methodology that (Florida Fish and Wildlife officials) used in coming up with a rule is rational. It bears a relationship to the constitutional mandate,” Leon Circuit Judge George Reynolds said. Attorneys for several environmental …

Joaquin batters Bahamas

Thursday, October 1, 2015

ELEUTHERA, Bahamas (AP) — Hurricane Joaquin unleased heavy flooding as it roared through sparsely populated islands in the eastern Bahamas on Thursday as a Category 4 storm, with forecasters warning it could grow even stronger before carving a path that would take it near the U.S. East Coast. The storm battered trees and …

Corals off South Florida hit with severe bleaching

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

By David Fleshler Sun Sentinel (TNS) FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Corals are turning chalk white and dying on reefs stretching from the Florida Keys to Palm Beach County, in what experts call one of the worst episodes in two decades of coral bleaching. Under stress from unusually warm water, the corals are expelling the tiny bits of algae that give them their fiery …

Theme parks tout their contributions to scientific research

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

By Sandra Pedicini Orlando Sentinel (TNS) ORLANDO, Fla. - In Rafiki’s Planet Watch at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, curious tourists can peer into a lab where researchers’ work includes studying hormones extracted from monkey droppings. A few miles away at SeaWorld, a Pennsylvania researcher recently scrutinized dolphins’ and whales’ …

California climate fight down to late negotiations

Sunday, September 6, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown has made climate change the centerpiece of his final tenure by laying out the most aggressive benchmark in North America, which would reduce California’s carbon footprint and boost the state’s renewable energy …

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission extends public comment period on gas pipeline to Oct. 16

Friday, September 4, 2015

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has extended the public comment period of its scoping process for Kinder Morgan’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline until Oct. 16. The decision comes amid criticism that Kinder Morgan’s release of nearly 6,500 pages of information related to the project in late July …

Earth Talk: Verticle growing offers high-production, pest-free crops

Friday, September 4, 2015

Dear Earthtalk: What advantages do so-called “vertical farms” have over traditional gardens and farms? — Sylvia Pleasant, Washington, DC When Dickson Despommier’s book The Vertical Farm: Feeding the World in the 21st Century was first published, there were …

Valley Views

Friday, September 4, 2015

Cowbirds Quabbin Reservoir, Belchertown Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely, South Hadley I seem to be seeing an abundance of brown-headed cowbirds this year, but maybe I’ve just never paid that much attention before. While driving through …

Bird sightings

Friday, September 4, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A black-crowned night-heron has been seen for several days at Forest Park in Springfield. Two olive-sided flycatchers were reported in Belchertown and another two …

Loan from Common Good Finance boosts completion of Northeast Biodiesel plant in Greenfield

Friday, September 4, 2015

Long in the planning to ensure it is locally owned, the Northeast Biodiesel plant nearly ready at the Greenfield Industrial Park is getting a final boost from a 160-member, community-based nonprofit finance system. The $200,000, seven-year loan is provided by Ashfield-based Common Good Finance to Co-op Power, a …

Whately seeks bids for work stablizing banks of the Mill River

Thursday, September 3, 2015

WHATELY — Town officials are seeking bids from contractors to stabilize the banks of the Mill River before they collapse and contaminate two nearby wells that supply water to nearly half of the town’s residents. The town will accept bids until Sept. 16, and a mandatory prebid conference …

Obama heads north of Arctic Circle

Thursday, September 3, 2015

KOTZEBUE, Alaska — President Barack Obama crossed the Arctic Circle on Wednesday in a first by a sitting U.S. president, telling residents in a far-flung Alaska village that their plight should be the world’s wake-up call on global …

Earth’s tree count: 3 trillion

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

WASHINGTON — More than 3 trillion trees now grow on Earth, seven times more than scientists previously thought. But it’s also trillions fewer than there used to be, a new study concludes. A United Nations-affiliated youth group had a goal of planting one billion trees and Yale forestry …