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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 …

National Guard called in on Flint water crisis

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Members of the Michigan National Guard began arriving in Flint on Wednesday for briefings on the drinking water crisis, ahead of a larger contingent of Guardsmen who will help distribute bottled water, filters and …

Pipeline foes argue that exporting too much natural gas from hydrofracked shale-oil fields would raise domestic prices

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

With the United States poised to become a net exporter of natural gas, some pipeline foes suspect that the controversial Northeast Energy Direct pipeline through western Massachusetts would deliver relatively low-cost liquefied natural gas to European and Asian customers as well as the New England energy market. And, …

Environmental briefs

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

IN THE NEWS Protections rejected for wolf in decline SEATTLE — For more than two decades, conservation groups have argued that a wolf and the rainforest in southeast Alaska where it lives are at risk. While the groups have won strong restrictions on logging of the Tongass National …

Former Franklin County energy director Jake Plante recalls grassroots activism of 1970s

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

You can expect energy and the environment to be among the key local, state and national issues of the new year, as they were in 2015 — solar policy, pipeline projects, nuclear plant closings and electricity prices. Energy …

Naila Moreira: A world overheating not just in temperature, but in its very structure

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — About a year ago, I saw three deer running across the Connecticut River. They weren’t walking on water: the river had frozen, thick enough to support their lightly tripping hooves. Last winter, Bostonians got so much …

Study over 15 years in Whately connects warming climate to decline of Eastern brook trout

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

As scientists around the world continue to decipher the ways in which global climate change affects wildlife and the environment, researchers in western Massachusetts, have positively connected the warming climate to the decline of the Eastern brook trout. …

‘Walls of Kindness’ provide winter clothes to Iran’s needy

Sunday, January 10, 2016

TEHRAN, Iran — As a brutal winter set in across Iran, anonymous philanthropists throughout the country painted “Walls of Kindness” and installed rows of hooks, inviting passers-by to leave warm clothes if they could spare them or take …

Your Photos

Friday, January 8, 2016

Christine and Joe Dragon of Holyoke were hiking the trail toward to top of Mount Warner in Hadley around 3 p.m. last Saturday when they came upon this outlook overlooking private farmland with a view of Lake Warner. …

Valley Views: Hermit Thrush

Friday, January 8, 2016

Hermit Thrush Route 9, Belchertown Text and photograph by Georgette deFriesse, Belchertown I set out on New Year’s Day to explore the scant snow cover. My eyes were resolutely on the ground so when I heard a sort …

Bird sightings

Friday, January 8, 2016

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A yellow-headed blackbird was seen and photographed with a flock of grackles at a feeder in Chicopee. Reports continue of the red-headed woodpeckers n …