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Environmental briefs

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

IN THE NEWS Quabbin renovation to cost $3.2 million BELCHERTOWN — The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority will spend $3.2 million on a 14-month project to upgrade electrical and security equipment at the Quabbin Reservoir. The Telegram & Gazette reports the project will replace existing power lines and enhance communications and security measures at Winsor Dam, Quabbin Tower and the Shaft 12 intake works. William Pula, regional director of the Quabbin …

Naila Moreira: Plastic bag ban in Northampton ‘necessary, but not sufficient’

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — A friend of mine recently forgot his reusable bags when he dropped in at Stop & Shop. To make matters worse, he’d also forgotten about Northampton’s new plastic bag ban, which started Jan. 1. Then the person in line behind him lectured him on the merits of the ban. “Don’t give …

Walk opposing pipeline, picketing of Berkshire Gas office planned in Greenfield on Presidents Day

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

GREENFIELD — Walkers who oppose the Kinder Morgan Northeast Energy Direct pipeline will walk on Monday, Presidents Day, from Greenfield Community College to the First Congregational Church at 43 Silver St. between 10 a.m. and noon, according to Hattie Nestel of the No NED Pipeline Affinity Group, which is sponsoring the event. The walk’s route will include a stop to picket with others …

2015 Earth’s hottest by wide margin

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

WASHINGTON — Last year wasn’t just the Earth’s hottest year on record — it left a century of high temperature marks in the dust. The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration and NASA announced Wednesday that 2015 was by far …

Study reports that man-made heat put in oceans has doubled since 1997

Monday, January 18, 2016

WASHINGTON — The amount of man-made heat energy absorbed by the seas has doubled since 1997, a study released Monday showed. Scientists have long known that more than 90 percent of the heat energy from man-made global warming …

What makes a chimpanzee a BFF? Trust, study finds

Monday, January 18, 2016

By Karen Kaplan Los Angeles Times (TNS) Trust is the key to friendship — not just for humans, but for chimpanzees as well. Elaborate experiments with chimps reveal that they often trust their BFFs to share a delicious snack. The same isn’t necessarily so when it comes to …

Finger-pricks, bottled water rule daily life in Flint, Michigan

Sunday, January 17, 2016

FLINT, Mich. — The longest line at Freeman Elementary School’s Family Fun Night was not for face painting or food. It was for lead testing. For three months, families in the former auto manufacturing hub of Flint have …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline protestors make 3-day walk through Western Mass. to oppose the project and commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

DEERFIELD — A crowd of peaceful protesters are trekking part of the route of the proposed natural-gas pipeline from Northfield to Plainfield, to both commemorate the life of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and to put a stop …

Your Photos

Friday, January 15, 2016

Earth Matters: Hope, resilience and climate change

Friday, January 15, 2016

Climate change is no longer a distant threat. Its impacts are already being felt across the United States and around the world, with even more devastating impacts ahead unless we change course quickly. As 350.org founder Bill McKibben …

Valley Views: Who Me?

Friday, January 15, 2016

Who Me? Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Easthampton Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely, South Hadley While watching birds at the feeders at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton recently I had to laugh at the antics of the gray …

Robert Floyd gallery in Southampton to host black and white photo shows

Friday, January 15, 2016

The Robert Floyd Photo Gallery and Learning Center, 2 East St., Southampton, is hosting a group photo exhibit “Director’s Picks” from Jan. 25 through Feb. 1. Reception and artist Conversations will be held Jan. 31 at 3 p.m. Wine and local crafted cheese and apple cider will be …

Not just water: City says river’s charm is key to well-being

Thursday, January 14, 2016

By DAN ELLIOTT Associated Press FORT COLLINS, Colo. — A picturesque Colorado river with a peculiar French name is the latest prize in the West’s water wars, where wilderness advocates usually line up against urban and industrial development. …