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One of twin newborn pandas in DC dies

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — One of two pandas whose weekend births captured world attention died Wednesday, a reminder that the bears who grow into giant puffy icons enter the world as fragile creatures, hairless and weighing about as much as a bar of soap. The birth of the twins at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo on Saturday night created a frenzy of excitement, crashing the zoo’s “panda cam.” Only four American zoos have …

Vt. snake collector gives pair of pythons to Mass. sanctuary

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

NORTH CLARENDON, Vt. — Two giant southeast Asian pythons that were rescued by a longtime snake collector and were turned over to state game wardens are headed to a sanctuary. The larger of the two reticulated pythons picked up Tuesday by experts from the Massachusetts-based Rainforest Reptile Shows with help from three Vermont …

EPA knew old mine posed risk of ‘blowout’

Monday, August 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — U.S. officials knew of the potential for a catastrophic “blowout” of toxic wastewater from an inactive gold mine, yet appeared to have only a cursory plan to deal with such an event when government contractors triggered a 3-million-gallon spill, according to internal documents released by the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA …

Minn. man accused in African lion’s death

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — An avid Minnesota hunter accused of illegally killing a protected lion in Zimbabwe said Tuesday that he thought everything about his trip was legal and wasn’t aware of the animal’s status “until the end of …

Watershed association scolds Tennessee Gas Pipeline report for lack of transparency

Monday, July 27, 2015

On the eve of the region’s first federal public hearing on Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project, the company’s most recent report has come under heavy criticism from the Greater Northfield Watershed Association. The association wrote to FERC in response to Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s release …

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 …

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, …

Valley Views: Heron and Red-wing

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Earth Talk: Conservatives blame liberals for California drought

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Dear EarthTalk: Is California’s epic drought really the result of too much meddling by environmentalists like some conservatives have suggested? — Betsy Martin, Butte, Montana While no one questions that California is in the midst of one of …

Heading outdoors: Area activities

Friday, February 13, 2015

∎ Pioneer Valley Women’s Running Club — Weekly runs for women of all ages and abilities, Saturdays, 8 a.m., Forest Park, Springfield. pvwrc.org ∎ Invasive Plant Removal at Graves Farm Sanctuary — Removal of Asian bittersweet vine Saturday, 9 a.m. …

Rosenberg wants feds to delay hearing in Greenfield next week on Tennessee Gas Pipeline project

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Senate President Stanley Rosenberg is calling on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to postpone a public hearing in Greenfield next week on the Tennessee Gas Pipeline project to give people more time to review the company’s delated filing …

Pan Am settles alleged violations with EPA

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

EAST DEERFIELD — Pan Am Railways has agreed to pay $152,000 to settle allegations by the federal Environmental Protection Agency that it violated the Clean Water Act at the East Deerfield Railyard and another of its railyards in …

World mayors at Vatican seek ‘bold climate agreement’

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

VATICAN CITY — Dozens of mayors from around the world demanded Tuesday that their national leaders take bold steps at the Paris climate talks this year, saying that could be the last chance to keep the Earth’s warming …