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President Barack Obama, accompanied by Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, steps off Air Force One after arriving at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, in Anchorage, Alaska. President Barack Obama opens a historic three-day trip to Alaska aimed at showing solidarity with a state often overlooked by Washington, while using its glorious but changing landscape as an urgent call to action on climate change. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

In Alaska, Obama urges climate action

Monday, August 31, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Submerged countries, abandoned cities and floods of refugees await the world barring urgent action on climate change, President Barack Obama warned Monday, painting a doomsday scenario as he opened a historic visit to Alaska. In a bid to further his environmental legacy, Obama brought the power of the presidential pulpit to Anchorage and called on other nations …

Obama changes Mt. McKinley’s name to Denali on eve of trip

Sunday, August 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration will change the name of North America’s tallest mountain peak from Mount McKinley to Denali, the White House said Sunday, a major symbolic gesture to Alaska Natives on the eve of President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Alaska. By renaming the peak Denali, an Athabascan word meaning “the …

Effects of climate change seen most dramatically in Alaska

Sunday, August 30, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Global warming is carving measurable changes into Alaska, and President Barack Obama is about to see it. Obama leaves Monday for a three-day visit to the 49th state in which he will speak at a State Department climate change conference and become the first president to visit the Alaska Arctic. …

Deerfield seeks public reaction to documents on natural gas pipeline

Friday, August 7, 2015

DEERFIELD — The Select Board will hold a public comment session Wednesday where residents will be able to express opinions on two documents the town is crafting about their concerns surrounding Kinder Morgan’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline project. The documents will be submitted to the …

Off-shore drilling disasters prompt stronger regulations

Friday, August 7, 2015

Dear EarthTalk: Is off-shore drilling any safer for the environment today given lessons learned from the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico? — Leslie Jackson, Bern, North Carolina The Deepwater Horizon oil rig …

Valley Views: Pileated Family

Friday, August 7, 2015

Pileated Family Winsor Park, Quabbin Reservoir, Belchertown Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely, South Hadley As I was driving near the small Winsor Park, on my way out of Quabbin Reservoir in June, something caught my eye. …

Heading outdoors: Area activities

Friday, February 13, 2015

∎  Arcadia Invasive Plant Removal — Volunteers welcome Saturday and Aug. 15, 22 and 29, 9 a.m. to noon, Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd., Easthampton. 584-3009. ∎  Walking Tour of African-American Heritage in 19th-Century Florence — Wendy …

Massachusetts has more aggressive plan than new federal rule reducing power plants’ greenhouse gas emissions

Thursday, August 6, 2015

AMHERST — Massachusetts should have little trouble adapting to President Barack Obama’s new rule on reducing power plants’ greenhouse gas emissions because the state already passed a more aggressive plan, according to Senate President Stanley Rosenberg of Amherst. …

Opponents again dominate pipeline hearing before state Energy Facilities Siting Board

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — Opponents of the Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. again dominated a public hearing Wednesday night — this one a session before the state Energy Facilities Siting Board that included several adamant declarations that no pipeline will be built here. Many …

Florence Bank pledges $10,000 toward curbing excessive plant growth in Nashawannuck Pond

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — If you toss a fishing line into Nashawannuck Pond, it might just sit on top of a layer of heavy plant growth. “It’s almost like a blanket of weeds across the surface of the pond,” said …

President Obama’s Clean Power Plan: Use less coal, clean up the air

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

President Barack Obama’s newly announced Clean Power Plan is a big step forward for a nation that needs to reduce harmful carbon-dioxide emissions from power plants. It’s a strategy worth extra attention in coal-dependent states like Missouri and Kansas. The Show-Me State gets just over 80 percent of …

Toxic algae cloud blooms, spreads from Calif.-Alaska

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

SEATTLE — A vast bloom of toxic algae off the West Coast is denser, more widespread and deeper than scientists feared even weeks ago, according to surveyors aboard a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research vessel. This coastal …

Power plant rules put climate change on 2016 radar

Monday, August 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s sweeping new power plant regulations are thrusting the divisive debate over climate change into the race for the White House, with candidates in both parties seeing an opportunity to capitalize. To Democrats, rallying …