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Chestnut tree fungus blight on the bark of a 10-year-old chestnut tree in Ohio.

Earth Matters: American chestnut: The king is poised for a comeback

Friday, February 12, 2016

Whatever you’re doing, stop for a moment. Look out the window at the nearest patch of woods. What do you see? Perhaps a pair of squirrels racing up an oak tree? Some chickadees perched in a white pine? Maybe a stand of beeches or hemlocks? Now, consider what you don’t see — not because of your particular angle of view, …

Bird Sightings

Friday, February 12, 2016

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A greater white-fronted goose and a cackling goose were found in Longmeadow. Reports continue of the red-headed woodpeckers in Longmeadow. A northern shrike is still being seen at the Moran Wildlife Management Area in Windsor. A short-eared owl is still being reported in Northampton. A Barrow’s goldeneye and Iceland, …

Valley Views: Winter Texture

Friday, February 12, 2016

Newly discovered fungus killing salamanders in western Europe; concern about potential die-off here

Friday, January 22, 2016

Those bright, orange salamanders that hikers spot in summer or fall, especially after a rainstorm, might be in danger. A newly discovered fungus is killing salamanders in western Europe, and scientists are afraid the deadly disease may spread to the United States’ nearly 190 species of salamanders — …

Would Flint have suffered water crisis if it were wealthier, whiter?

Thursday, January 21, 2016

FLINT, Mich. — Ever since the full extent of the Flint water crisis emerged, one question has persisted: Would this have happened in a wealthier, whiter community? Residents in the former auto-making hub — a poor, largely minority …

Emails show Flint water as political hot potato

Thursday, January 21, 2016

LANSING, Mich. — A day after doctors reported high levels of lead in Flint children, Gov. Rick Snyder’s top aide told him the “real responsibility” for the city’s water issues rested with local government officials, emails released Wednesday …

2015 Earth’s hottest by wide margin

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

WASHINGTON — Last year wasn’t just the Earth’s hottest year on record — it left a century of high temperature marks in the dust. The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration and NASA announced Wednesday that 2015 was by far …

Study reports that man-made heat put in oceans has doubled since 1997

Monday, January 18, 2016

WASHINGTON — The amount of man-made heat energy absorbed by the seas has doubled since 1997, a study released Monday showed. Scientists have long known that more than 90 percent of the heat energy from man-made global warming …

What makes a chimpanzee a BFF? Trust, study finds

Monday, January 18, 2016

By Karen Kaplan Los Angeles Times (TNS) Trust is the key to friendship — not just for humans, but for chimpanzees as well. Elaborate experiments with chimps reveal that they often trust their BFFs to share a delicious snack. The same isn’t necessarily so when it comes to …

Finger-pricks, bottled water rule daily life in Flint, Michigan

Sunday, January 17, 2016

FLINT, Mich. — The longest line at Freeman Elementary School’s Family Fun Night was not for face painting or food. It was for lead testing. For three months, families in the former auto manufacturing hub of Flint have …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline protestors make 3-day walk through Western Mass. to oppose the project and commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

DEERFIELD — A crowd of peaceful protesters are trekking part of the route of the proposed natural-gas pipeline from Northfield to Plainfield, to both commemorate the life of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and to put a stop …

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Earth Matters: Hope, resilience and climate change

Friday, January 15, 2016

Climate change is no longer a distant threat. Its impacts are already being felt across the United States and around the world, with even more devastating impacts ahead unless we change course quickly. As 350.org founder Bill McKibben …