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Developers eye propane as natural gas ban hits

Friday, May 29, 2015

The owners of a new downtown Amherst restaurant specializing in Italian cuisine got an unexpected surprise in March when they discovered that they could not tap into the natural gas supply. Faced with uncertainty over how he would power the kitchen at Fratelli’s Ristorante now that Berkshire Gas has imposed a moratorium on natural gas connections in Amherst, Hadley and Hatfield, owner Joseph Bowman turned to propane. He now intends …

Moose that prowled Amherst streets, school grounds darted for move to rural area

Friday, May 29, 2015

AMHERST — Though taming a moose is not part of her job description, Superintendent Maria Geryk was among the first on the scene Friday morning assisting Carol Hepburn, the town’s animal welfare officer, in shepherding a 350- to 400-pound female moose into an area where the animal could be tranquilized and removed by …

Heat kills 1,100 in India

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

HYDERABAD, India (AP) — Soaring summer temperatures in India have left over 1,100 people dead over the past month, officials said Wednesday. Most of the deaths have been reported in the southeastern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telengana. More than 852 people have died from the stifling heat in Andhra Pradesh since May …

CO2 hits 400 ppm milestone

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

WASHINGTON — Global levels of carbon dioxide, the most prevalent heat-trapping gas, have passed a daunting milestone, federal scientists say. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says in March, the global monthly average for carbon dioxide hit 400.83 …

Calif. regulators approve sweeping water cutbacks

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California water regulators adopted sweeping, unprecedented restrictions Tuesday on how people, governments and businesses can use water amid the state’s ongoing drought. The State Water Resources Control Board approved rules that force cities to limit …

Study: CO2 cuts will save 3,500 US lives a year

Monday, May 4, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Obama Administration’s hotly debated plan to reduce heat-trapping carbon dioxide from the nation’s power plants will save about 3,500 lives a year by cutting back on other types of pollution as well, a new independent …

Valley Views: Tree Swallow Pair

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Tree Swallow Pair Pondside Road, Longmeadow Photograph and text by Margaret “Pedge” Daniels, Longmeadow I have a favorite spot for tree-swallow watching down along Pondside Road in Longmeadow, and often visit it just to see who might be …

Heading outdoors: Area activities

Friday, February 13, 2015

∎  Weed Walk and Taste — Wild edible walk with Blanche Derby Saturday, 1 to 3 p.m. Meet at 66 Stage Rd., Westhampton. 584-3381. ∎ Spring Bird Walk — Hitchcock Center for the Environment sponsors walk with John Green at Mount Warner in Hadley Saturday, 7 to 10 …

Environmental news in brief

Saturday, May 2, 2015

IN THE NEWS THE REGULATORS The following are recent state Department of Environmental Protection consent orders and penalty assessments in western Massachusetts. …

Hilltown Voices: Wild and Scenic Westfield River Committee sponsors training in Worthington

Saturday, May 2, 2015

The Wild and Scenic Westfield River Committee is sponsoring a training to teach people how to do visual surveys of the river and its tributaries. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 9, and participants will gather at the Worthington Town Hall. “They will …

For 100 years, celebrities have helped urge animal kindness

Friday, May 1, 2015

LOS ANGELES — These days, people pay piles of cash to pamper their pets, but problems remain on the farm and in the slaughterhouse, on movie sets and at animal shelters — even in the wild. That’s why the American Humane Association is touting its past to move …

Berkshire Gas spokesman apologizes for referring to pipeline opponents as engaging in ‘ecoterrorism’

Friday, May 1, 2015

Ecoterrorism? The term used by Berkshire Gas Co. spokesman Christopher Farrell last week to describe Tennessee Gas Pipeline project opponents has caused some confusion, hard feelings and, in some cases, amusement, among those who say they have never thought of themselves that way. Farrell, the company’s manager of …

Study blames humanity for 75% of very hot days

Monday, April 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — If you find yourself sweating out a day that is monstrously hot, chances are you can blame humanity. A new report links three out of four such days to man’s effects on climate. And as climate …