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Environment

KEVIN GUTTING
Martin Espinola of Northampton stakes out a spot on Mount Sugarloaf in South Deerfield to photograph a storm sweeping over the Connecticut River Valley from the southwest Monday afternoon.

A weather eye

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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Bird Sightings

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. An Acadian flycatcher continues to be seen down from Gate 22 at the Quabbin Reservoir. Two young Orchard orioles were found in the East Meadows of Northampton. A solitary sandpiper and eight least sandpipers were reported at Paradise Pond … 0

Lightning strikes

Friday, July 25, 2014

Caption: Lightning strike west of Hatfield storm of 8 p.m., through a west window on Elm St., 7/23/2014 Your name: Matt Levin Your phone: 247-3368 … 0

Midwest flooding worsens

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

ST. LOUIS — More torrential rain worsened flooding in the Midwest, spawning high water that swept away an Iowa teenager, caused a traffic nightmare near one of the nation’s busiest airports and threatened to swamp a Missouri town … 0

Watershed council helps keep Connecticut River healthy

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Once one of the more polluted waterways in the nation, the Connecticut River has come a long way from its tainted past when few people were on it to boat, much less swim or fish. “Just 40 or … 0

Corporate responsibility for reducing pollution locally at issue in California

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

In the San Francisco Bay Area oil port city of Martinez, where a colossal Shell refinery has long tainted the air, the landmark California law that requires polluters to ease their carbon footprint seemed to some to promise new relief. But one big move by Shell to comply … 0

New York State Supreme Court rules that communities have power to ban fracking

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

WASHINGTON — New York state’s highest court ruled Monday that communities have the power to ban fracking, a decision that comes as local governments across the nation are increasingly trying to use zoning laws to stop the contentious spread of drilling. “I hope our victory serves as an … 0

Study: Plastic debris litters ocean surface

Monday, June 30, 2014

NEW YORK — Plastic junk is floating widely on the world’s oceans, but there’s less of it than expected, a study says. Such ocean pollution has drawn attention in recent years because of its potential harm to fish and other wildlife. The new work drew on results from … 0

West Coast sea stars fall prey to mystery plague

Sunday, June 29, 2014

SEATTLE — A mysterious killer is wiping out sea stars along the entire West Coast of North America, with 20 species affected. Called sea star wasting syndrome, the outbreak hitting the coast from Alaska to Mexico was first reported from Olympic National Park in Washington last summer, and … 0

Legislators raise questions about state officials participating in closed-door meetings on natural gas pipeline development

Saturday, June 28, 2014

The report last week that New England state administrators met in closed-door sessions with energy business leaders to craft a plan for billions of dollars of natural gas pipeline development to be passed onto utility ratepayers is raising eyebrows — and further questions — among some area lawmakers. … 2

Review of Tennessee Gas Pipeline project rescheduled to July 24 at Greenfield Community College

Saturday, June 28, 2014

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments and its Franklin Regional Planning Board have rescheduled to July 24 their first-ever joint meeting to review the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project. The boards’ original May 15 meeting on what Tennessee Gas Pipeline now calls its Northeast Energy Direct project was … 0

A total of 130 acres in Amherst, Belchertown and Hatfield added to the list of conservations lands in the area

Friday, June 27, 2014

A total of 130 acres of newly conserved land in three Valley towns will support outdoor recreation while protecting wildlife and natural resources in the Pioneer Valley. Kristin DeBoer, executive director of the Amherst-based Kestrel Land Trust, announced … 0

Mountain lion scares shoppers in Utah

Friday, June 27, 2014

SANDY, Utah — Utah authorities captured a mountain lion Friday that startled people but didn’t hurt anybody at a shopping center in a Salt Lake City suburb. The mountain lion was spotted walking across a street and into … 0