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Sunday rallies in Amherst and Northampton support Global Climate March

Friday, November 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — With the United Nations climate summit set to begin in Paris on Monday, people in Northampton and Amherst will rally Sunday evening in support of a treaty aiming at reducing carbon emissions. “These climate talks in Paris are what many climatologists are calling the last, best chance to prevent catastrophic global warming,” said Marty Nathan, of Northampton, a member of Climate Action Now, a Pioneer Valley-based organization focused …

Friday, November 27, 2015

Here are this week’s bird sightings from Voice of Audubon for Western Massachusetts. Four blue-winged teal and two red-headed woodpeckers were at the Longmeadow flats. Short-eared owls continue to be reported at Arcadia Meadows in Northampton. A cackling goose continues to be seen on the campus pond at the University of Massachusetts in …

Holyoke rail tie fire highlights hazards posed by debris along Connecticut River Line

Friday, November 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A fire that engulfed a massive pile of discarded rail ties in downtown Holyoke this week is raising new concerns among public safety officials and area lawmakers about the hazards posed by thousands of such ties left along the newly constructed Connecticut River Line. Massachusetts Department of Transportation officials had pledged …

Keystone off the table, but back East, pipeline fight builds

Monday, November 9, 2015

ROCKY MOUNT, Va. — Carolyn and Ian Reilly and their four children left Florida’s sprawl in 2010 to farm 58 acres in rural Virginia, raising beef cattle, chicken and hogs. Then a year ago, they learned a natural …

World Bank: Warming to exacerbate poverty

Sunday, November 8, 2015

STOCKHOLM — Climate change could push more than 100 million people into extreme poverty by 2030 by disrupting agriculture and fueling the spread of malaria and other diseases, the World Bank said in a report Sunday. Released just …

Local activists, sustainability experts say Keystone decision a move in the right direction

Friday, November 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Local activists and sustainability experts view President Barack Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL project as an important economic and environmental step in reducing the country’s dependency on oil and paving the way for expansion of …

Hearing Monday in Hadley on management plan for Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge

Friday, November 6, 2015

HADLEY — Residents will have the opportunity to offer comments about a document to manage the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, which extends through Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. A public hearing will be held at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service building at …

Valley Views: Red Squirrel

Friday, November 6, 2015

Red Squirrel Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Coombs Road, Easthampton Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely of South Hadley I’m a frequent visitor to the Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary on Coombs Road in Easthampton. On this day in late September …

Earth Matters: Mourning dove, a bird for all seasons

Friday, November 6, 2015

One of the pleasures in observing nature is that repeated encounters with familiar species can evoke ever deeper fascination and appreciation. The mourning dove, one of the most common and widespread birds in North America, is a case …

Heading outdoors

Friday, September 4, 2015

∎ Looking for Migrating Ducks, Geese, and Grebes — Broad Brook Coalition sponsors a walk with Bob Zimmerman and David Pritchard Saturday, 8 a.m., Fitzgerald Lake, Northampton. North Farms Road entrance. 268-3668, broadbrookcoalition.org ∎Woods Walk — Franklin Land Trust sponsors field walk at 455 Bug Hill Road, Ashfield Saturday, …

Bird Sightings

Friday, November 6, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. Four red-headed woodpeckers were reported along the Bark Haul and West Road trails in the Longmeadow flats. A green-tailed towhee was seen briefly in …

California delays opening of crab season amid toxic scare

Friday, November 6, 2015

By Ryan Sabalow and Dale Kasler The Sacramento Bee (TNS) SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Fish and Game Commission voted Thursday to delay opening of the crab-fishing season as officials scramble to deal with a coastal algae bloom that has left Dungeness crabs with a potentially fatal toxin …

Kidnapped kid reunited with mother

Thursday, November 5, 2015

PHOENIX — Like a scene out of a Hollywood tearjerker, a baby pygmy goat that vanished from the Arizona State Fair came home to its mother Thursday surrounded by TV cameras and jubilant fairgoers. Dozens of employees and …