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This Jan. 20, 2015 photo released by Hawaii Department of Land & Natural Resources shows coral being studied for bleaching, which is a stress response that causes corals to lose algae and color from their tissue, in Kaneohe Bay near Kaneohe, Hawaii. Warm ocean temperatures last summer stressed many of Hawaii’s coral reefs so severely that they expelled the algae they rely on for survival. The resulting mass “bleaching” of Hawaii’s corals is a blow to the state’s fragile reefs which are already under pressure from runoff from development on land and overfishing. It’s also a concerning indicator of a warming globe, with some activists calling coral bleaching the most visible sign of climate change. (AP Photo/Hawaii Department of Land & Natural Resources, Dan Dennison)

Most of Hawaii’s coral recover from mass bleaching

Thursday, January 29, 2015

HONOLULU — Coral rely on algae for food and their survival. So when the stress of warmer-than-average ocean temperatures prompted many of Hawaii’s corals to expel algae last year — a phenomenon called bleaching because coral lose their color when they do this — many were worried they might die. Now the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources says …

Storm hits coastal communities hard

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

MARSHFIELD — Some of the areas hardest hit by the blizzard that tore through the state were on the coastline, where oceanfront homes took the brunt of raging seas. In Marshfield, officials were still assessing the damage but said at least four homes will likely be condemned. At least a dozen more sustained …

Dallas woman bitten by shark to leave hospital

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — The Dallas woman who lost a good part of her left side to a hungry shark in the Bahamas is close to leaving a Hollywood hospital to go home. Lacy Webb, 34, who was flown to Memorial Regional Hospital for treatment after the attack, described her death-defying encounter Tuesday at a news conference at the hospital. It was Jan. 6 …

Environmentalists concerned new owner of Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage project may stop erosion control

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

No one ever thought it would be easy, more than 20 years ago, when regional, state and federal agencies, together with environmental groups, joined to pressure the owners of the Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage Project to halt and repair erosion along a 20-mile stretch of the Connecticut River. …

Report by Sightline Institute of Seattle details problems with projects by Kinder Morgan, parent of Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A recently published report by a Seattle-based research organization points to a litany of spills, explosions, and other mishaps involving Kinder Morgan, the parent of the company proposing a natural gas pipeline that would pass through western Massachusetts on its route from Pennsylvania to Dracut. The 15-page report, …

Environmental news in brief

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

IN THE NEWS Ocean terminal for liquefied natural gas debated EATONTOWN, N.J. — Plans for an ocean terminal to import liquefied natural gas off the coast of New York and New Jersey are generating a heated debate. Liberty Natural Gas wants to build a $600 million docking station …

State launches $30 million residential loan program to help homeowners finance solar electric projects

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The state Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs last week announced plans to roll out a new $30 million residential solar loan program to make it easier for homeowners to finance solar electric projects. The Mass Solar Loan program, to be administered by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline reschedules public meetings about project to later this month, February

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. has rescheduled a series of “open house” public meetings about its Northeast Energy Direct project, with one of the sessions planned from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 5 in the Greenfield Community College dining commons. The meetings will include no formal presentation about …

Lawyer representing Deerfield Board of Health raises questions about destination of natural gas that would flow through controversial pipeline

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

DEERFIELD — If a portion of the natural gas that would flow into New England through the pipeline proposed by the Tennessee Gas Co. is for export, that could support the town’s ban on pipeline construction within its borders, according to the lawyer representing the Board of Health. …

Sale of ‘Preserve the Trust’ license plates generates $21 million for environmental projects

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

While driving in Massachusetts, it is not uncommon to see vehicles bearing a “Preserve the Trust” license plate depicting the prominent tail of a diving right whale. What is remarkable, however, is that the sale of this particular …

Black Lab likes to take solo bus ride to dog park

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

SEATTLE — A black Labrador named Eclipse just wants to get to the dog park. So if her owner takes too long finishing his cigarette, and their bus arrives, she climbs aboard solo and rides to her stop …

Activist Ric O’Barry sees public shift in keeping dolphins free of captivity

Monday, January 12, 2015

SOUTH MIAMI, Fla. — Ric O’Barry feels the tide turning in his long quest to change the public’s mind about dolphins in captivity. He went from being a dolphin trainer on the beloved “Flipper” TV series in the …

Valley Views: Path of Hope

Friday, January 9, 2015

PATH OF HOPE Route 9, Belchertown Text and photo by Georgette deFriesse, Belchertown It was cold as I walked my dog through the woods one morning last January. We maneuvered along the well-travelled path. The air was still …