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Quabbin Photo Group offers presention from international exhibit Monday

Friday, November 21, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — The featured program of the Quabbin Photo Group’s November meeting is a visual and audio selection of 500 images from the 2014 Massachusetts Camera Naturalists (CAMNATS) International Nature Exhibition. The meeting, which is open to the public, takes place Monday at 7 p.m. at the Belchertown Senior Center, 60 State St. More than 2,100 images were entered in …

Earth Matters: The future of agriculture; we must all be ecologists

Friday, November 21, 2014

In the autumn, as our neighbors fill their grain bins with barley, and their cellars with potatoes, I am always amazed at their productivity. What a long, interesting journey we and our food plants have taken. Yet farms are a relatively recent feature of the landscape in the long evolutionary history of Homo …

Bird Sightings: Birds recently spotted in western Massachusetts

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. An eared grebe was found on Lake Quaboag in Brookfield. A snowy owl, seen one evening in Longmeadow, may be the same one that was seen the next day in Sheffield. The gray jay continues to be seen at …

Valley Views: Bumblebee on aster, Amherst Rail Trail

Friday, November 7, 2014

Bumblebee on Aster Amherst Rail Trail, Station Road, Amherst Photograph and text by Anne E. Sly, South Hadley September 9, 2014 One encounters many different asters when out walking during the fall season. My favorite is the beautiful …

Bird sightings in western Massachusetts

Friday, November 7, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A brant and 38 black scoters were on the Ludlow Reservoir. A Lapland longspur was found in Amherst. Seven brant, 59 long-tailed ducks, 91 …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline postpones meetings on project until after the holidays

Friday, November 7, 2014

The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. has postponed its series of open house meetings for its Northeast Energy Direct proposal, some of which had been scheduled for early December in Orange, Greenfield and Shelburne Falls, to give the public and officials more time to review its plans filed Wednesday …

Pilgrim Pipeline threatens New Jersey residents with court action if denied access to their properties

Thursday, November 6, 2014

HACKENSACK, N.J. — A company that wants to build an oil pipeline through North Jersey is threatening to take homeowners to court if they don’t allow the company access to their properties to determine the pipeline’s path, environmentalists said Thursday. A letter sent to a Parsippany resident in …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline environmental report rejects alternate routes

Thursday, November 6, 2014

The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. filed sections of its draft environmental report Wednesday for its Northeast Energy Direct project, rejecting alternatives that would send the pipeline along Route 2, the Massachusetts Turnpike or southern New Hampshire instead of its preferred path through Plainfield and nine Franklin County towns. …

Robot baby penguin infiltrates Antarctic colony

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

For decades, humans have built rovers to visit places we can’t easily reach, including the moon and Mars. Now scientists have built a rover to explore another challenging target: colonies of adorable penguins. A team led by scientists from the University of Strasbourg in France have built a …

Citing pipeline capacity, natural gas companies poised to turn away new customers in Valley

Monday, November 3, 2014

A natural gas pipeline that feeds much of the Pioneer Valley is nearly at capacity, a development that will force at least one gas company to turn away new customers in its Franklin County territory by the end of this year and extend the moratorium to Hampshire County …

Storm brings high winds, surf to NE

Sunday, November 2, 2014

BARNSTABLE (AP) — An early November storm hit southern New England with strong winds, high surf and some snow while knocking out power to thousands of customers. Southeastern Massachusetts including Cape Cod was hardest hit Sunday. The area is served by NStar, which said more than 7,200 of …

UN climate report: Emissions may need to drop to zero

Sunday, November 2, 2014

COPENHAGEN — Climate change is happening, it’s almost entirely man’s fault and limiting its impacts may require reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero this century, the U.N.’s panel on climate science said Sunday. The fourth and final volume …

November snow surprises Southeast states

Sunday, November 2, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A surprise snow swept across parts of Tennessee, Georgia and South Carolina on Saturday, falling on pumpkins and power lines. It was the earliest snow on record in the Columbia area by eight days, according to the National Weather Service. Neither Boston nor New …