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In this Friday, July 10, 2015 photo, a Karner Blue butterfly is seen after it was released at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission in Albany, N.Y. More than two decades of habitat restoration and breeding programs have put the endangered Karner blue butterfly on track to recovery in the New York pine barrens where it was discovered by Russian author Vladimir Nabokov. The silvery blue, postage stamp-size butterfly is also making a comeback in parts of Ohio and New Hampshire where it was thought to have been wiped out before 2000. Populations have declined but persisted in Wisconsin and Michigan.  (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Endangered butterfly recovering in some of its range

Sunday, July 26, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. — More than 20 years of habitat restoration and breeding programs have helped the endangered Karner blue butterfly make a comeback in the pine barrens of upstate New York where it was discovered by Russian author Vladimir Nabokov decades ago. “This project has been unbelievably rewarding,” said Neil Gifford, conservation director for the 3,200-acre Albany Pine Bush Preserve. …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. files report with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. submitted its long-awaited Draft Environmental Report for the Northeast Energy Direct project Friday to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, three business days before a public hearing scheduled for Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Greenfield Middle School. The 79-volume report, posted Friday afternoon by FERC, is the first detailed description since March of the nearly $5 billion project that is …

Valley Views: Heron and Red-wing

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Panel finds fracking uses chemicals with possible contaminating effects

Thursday, July 9, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Hydraulic fracturing uses a host of highly toxic chemicals - the impacts of which are for the most part unknown - that could be contaminating drinking water supplies, wildlife and crops, according to a report released Thursday by a California science panel. The long-awaited final …

Environmental news in brief

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

IN THE NEWS Green movement gains momentum in sports CHICAGO — Andrew Ference was at the beginning of his NHL career when he met Dr. David Suzuki, who hosts a TV show in Canada. The conversation with the award-winning scientist changed the life of the young defenseman. Ference …

Critics of Tennessee Gas Pipeline claim underused facilities already exist to meet need for additional natural gas

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The “need” for a proposed $5 billion natural gas pipeline scrutinized last month by state officials — and in the months ahead by federal authorities — is for a winter peak of just 30 to 40 days a year, argue a variety of critics of the Tennessee Gas …

Better understanding of sharks’ migration patterns may be key to survival

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Her name is Jiffy Lube2, a relatively small shortfin mako shark that, like others of her kind, swims long distances every day in search of prey and comfortable water temperatures. But Jiffy Lube2’s travels are making waves among scientists who study sharks. The 140-pound …

Exploring alternatives as bans on single-use plastic bags become more common

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Sometimes referred to as “urban tumbleweed” littering streets and clogging sewers, single-use plastic bags are an scourge to healthy ecosystems across the globe. This has prompted bans and taxes on their use in a number of countries including …

Odds of split-colored lobster? 1 in 50 million

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

SCARBOROUGH, Maine — A rare orange-brown split-colored lobster has turned up off the coast of Maine. The Press Herald reports that the unusual lobster arrived last week at Pine Point Fisherman’s Co-Op in Scarborough. According to research by …

UMass report on climate change to help guide wildlife action plans in 22 states

Monday, July 6, 2015

AMHERST — The work of University of Massachusetts Amherst climate scientists will be used in 22 states to inform decisions about how to protect vulnerable wildlife from the effects of climate change. Michelle Staudinger, science coordinator for the …

US report warns of polar bears’ peril

Thursday, July 2, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Polar bears are at risk of dying off if humans don’t reverse the trend of global warming, a blunt U.S. government report filed Thursday said. “The single most important step for polar bear conservation is …

Earth Matters: The puzzle tree: Independence Day musings on sycamores

Thursday, July 2, 2015

I’ll be thinking about the eastern sycamore tree this Independence Day, an American tree on our national holiday. Although all trees might be said to be “created equal” from a moral perspective, each tree species has its own …