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U.S. President Barack Obama, right, and  French President Francois Hollande pay their respect at the Bataclan concert hall, one of the recent deadly Paris attack sites, after Obama arrived in the French capital to attend the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21), Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. (Philippe Wojazer, Pool via AP)

Leaders make pitches on climate

Monday, November 30, 2015

LE BOURGET, France — With dramatic vows to save future generations from an overheated planet, the largest gathering ever of world leaders began two weeks of talks Monday aimed at producing the most far-reaching pact yet to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and avert environmental havoc. “We should ask what will we say to our grandchildren if we fail,” British Prime Minister …

Marchers in Northampton call for decisive international action on climate change

Sunday, November 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Among the first to arrive at Sunday’s climate march, Beth Fairservis assembled her Mother Earth puppet, an 8-foot-tall, full-body puppet she made herself with a likeness of planet Earth in the middle of its forehead. “She brings a lot of peace and, of course, love to the world,” Fairservis said as …

Clean energy investment pledged at climate talks

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Government and business leaders are banking on clean energy technology to fight global warming, kicking off this week’s high-stakes climate change negotiations by pledging billions of dollars to research and develop a technical fix to the planet’s climate woes. Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates, President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande …

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Environmental news briefs

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

IN THE NEWS Litter gatherers honored as ‘Heroes of the Ocean’ BOSTON — Volunteers who remove plastic bags, bottles and other litter from Massachusetts’ beaches are being honored this week as “Heroes of the Ocean.” The environmentalist group Women Working for Oceans and the Massachusetts Sierra Club, in …

Regional agencies oppose increased Connecticut River water release by Northfield Mountain hydroelectric station

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Two regional organizations are objecting to a proposal for the Northfield Mountain hydroelectric station to pump and release 25 percent more water from the Connecticut River over the next several months to generate more electricity for …

Americans about evenly split in choice of cremation or burial

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

According to The National Funeral Directors Association, in 2014 the national median cost of a conventional adult funeral with viewing, burial and vault was $8,508. The median cost of a funeral with viewing and cremation was $6,078. Though conservation burial prices vary by location, they generally cost about …

‘Woodland partnership’ would offer financial and technical assistance for forest-based economic development

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Eleven western Franklin County towns could get an economic boost with state and federal grants to help preserve woodlands, manage timber, boost tourism and forestry industries — including wood-pellet manufacturing to heat town-owned buildings, according to a new …

Rejection of Keystone XL pipeline latest step by President Barack Obama to show US leadership against global warming

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

WASHINGTON — For years, President Barack Obama chided Republicans and Democrats alike for treating the Keystone XL pipeline as a signal of whether the U.S. would seriously fight global warming. Now that he’s killed the project, Obama is …

Green burial movement advocates alternative to conventional interment

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

As green living continues to take a more prominent place in the United States, there is now a growing movement that is focusing on green dying. “Imagine living your whole life as an environmentally conscious person and at …

Environmentalists support smaller of two expansion plans for Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge

Monday, November 9, 2015

HADLEY — Local environmentalists who testified during a hearing Monday on management options for the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge said they prefer the smaller of two expansion plans. Roughly 60 people attended the hour-long …

Keystone off the table, but back East, pipeline fight builds

Monday, November 9, 2015

ROCKY MOUNT, Va. — Carolyn and Ian Reilly and their four children left Florida’s sprawl in 2010 to farm 58 acres in rural Virginia, raising beef cattle, chicken and hogs. Then a year ago, they learned a natural …

World Bank: Warming to exacerbate poverty

Sunday, November 8, 2015

STOCKHOLM — Climate change could push more than 100 million people into extreme poverty by 2030 by disrupting agriculture and fueling the spread of malaria and other diseases, the World Bank said in a report Sunday. Released just …