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Horns, body of Nola the rhino to be preserved at Smithsonian

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

SAN DIEGO — The horns and body of Nola, the northern white rhino who died Sunday at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, are being sent to the Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington to assist researchers. Nola’s death leaves only three northern white rhinos in the world — all in the Ol Pejeta Sanctuary in Kenya. At 41, Nola was in rapidly declining health; zookeepers …

Activists challenge deer hunt

Sunday, November 22, 2015

BOSTON — A plan to allow hunting in a nearly 11-square-mile swath of pristine forest within sight of downtown Boston to thin the exploding deer population is coming under fire from activists who insist that contraception and other more humane methods be used. The hunt in the Blue Hills Reservation is needed to …

Coalitions in Massachusetts and New Hampshire call for joint federal review of all pipeline proposals in region

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Three municipal coalitions in Massachusetts and New Hampshire have called for a consolidated federal review of all pipeline proposals in the region. A letter sent Friday to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from the coalitions representing 38 communities follows release last week of a study commissioned by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey that concludes additional gas pipeline capacity is not needed to lower …

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 …

Senate Democrats block attack on wetland rules

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — Democrats have blocked a Senate bill that would have forced the Obama administration to withdraw new federal rules to protect smaller streams, tributaries and wetlands from development and pollution. Supporters of the legislation — and opponents …

US youths sue to push government on climate change

Monday, November 2, 2015

SEATTLE — They can’t vote yet, but dozens of young people want a say in the planet’s future, so minors nationwide have been suing states and the federal government in recent years to push action on climate change. They say their generation will bear the brunt of global …

Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst votes to oppose Northeast Energy Direct gas pipeline

Monday, November 2, 2015

AMHERST — An Amherst religious congregation recently voted without dissent to oppose construction of the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline, possibly the first faith-based group in the region to go on record against the project that would pass through western Massachusetts. Members of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst …

Gov. Jerry Brown’s link between climate change and wildfires is unsupported, fire experts say

Monday, November 2, 2015

By Paige St. John Los Angeles Times (TNS) COWBOY CAMP, Calif. — The ash of the Rocky fire was still hot when Gov. Jerry Brown strode to a bank of television cameras beside a blackened ridge and, flanked by firefighters, delivered a battle cry against climate change. The …

Beverly Hills water wasters ‘should be ashamed,’ state regulator says

Friday, October 30, 2015

LOS ANGELES — The city of Beverly Hills and three other water suppliers face financial penalties for falling short of state water conservation mandates, officials said Friday. Statewide, Californians cut their urban water use in September by 26.1 percent compared with the same month in 2013, regulators said. …