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Boys look at a hot air balloon of the environmental group Greenpeace, near the Eiffel Tower ahead of the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, in Paris, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. The conference with more than 100 heads of state is scheduled to start on Nov.30. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

French President Francois Hollande, environmental activists meet before critical climate talks begin Monday

Saturday, November 28, 2015

PARIS — French President Francois Hollande met with environmental groups Saturday, pushing for an ambitious global deal to reduce man-made emissions blamed for global warming — with emphasis on helping developing countries adapt to a changing world. The talks in the Elysee Palace came as President Barack Obama, the leaders of China, Russia and more than 140 other countries prepare …

Valley Views: Empty, Full Moon

Friday, November 27, 2015

Empty, Full Moon Park Hill Orchards, Easthampton Bob Solosko, Easthampton On the night of the very bright full moon Oct. 27, my wife, Jean, and I went to Art in the Orchard on Park Hill Road in Easthampton to photograph some of the sculptures by moonlight. While I was photographing another sculpture, Jean …

Earth Talk

Friday, November 27, 2015

Dear EarthTalk: What’s the latest in cutting-edge, hyper-efficient solar cells? Are we really moving beyond huge photovoltaic panels anytime soon? — Michael Williams, Hartford, Connecticut Many people still consider environmentalists’ favorite black panels as the cutting edge of renewable energy. However, the burgeoning solar industry has spent the last four decades refining these …

Heading outdoors

Friday, September 4, 2015

∎ Looking for Migrating Ducks, Geese, and Grebes — Broad Brook Coalition sponsors a walk with Bob Zimmerman and David Pritchard Saturday, 8 a.m., Fitzgerald Lake, Northampton. North Farms Road entrance. 268-3668, broadbrookcoalition.org ∎Woods Walk — Franklin Land Trust sponsors field walk at 455 Bug Hill Road, Ashfield Saturday, …

Bird Sightings

Friday, November 6, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. Four red-headed woodpeckers were reported along the Bark Haul and West Road trails in the Longmeadow flats. A green-tailed towhee was seen briefly in …

California delays opening of crab season amid toxic scare

Friday, November 6, 2015

By Ryan Sabalow and Dale Kasler The Sacramento Bee (TNS) SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Fish and Game Commission voted Thursday to delay opening of the crab-fishing season as officials scramble to deal with a coastal algae bloom that has left Dungeness crabs with a potentially fatal toxin …

Kidnapped kid reunited with mother

Thursday, November 5, 2015

PHOENIX — Like a scene out of a Hollywood tearjerker, a baby pygmy goat that vanished from the Arizona State Fair came home to its mother Thursday surrounded by TV cameras and jubilant fairgoers. Dozens of employees and …

Senate Democrats block attack on wetland rules

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — Democrats have blocked a Senate bill that would have forced the Obama administration to withdraw new federal rules to protect smaller streams, tributaries and wetlands from development and pollution. Supporters of the legislation — and opponents …

US youths sue to push government on climate change

Monday, November 2, 2015

SEATTLE — They can’t vote yet, but dozens of young people want a say in the planet’s future, so minors nationwide have been suing states and the federal government in recent years to push action on climate change. They say their generation will bear the brunt of global …

Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst votes to oppose Northeast Energy Direct gas pipeline

Monday, November 2, 2015

AMHERST — An Amherst religious congregation recently voted without dissent to oppose construction of the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline, possibly the first faith-based group in the region to go on record against the project that would pass through western Massachusetts. Members of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst …

Gov. Jerry Brown’s link between climate change and wildfires is unsupported, fire experts say

Monday, November 2, 2015

By Paige St. John Los Angeles Times (TNS) COWBOY CAMP, Calif. — The ash of the Rocky fire was still hot when Gov. Jerry Brown strode to a bank of television cameras beside a blackened ridge and, flanked by firefighters, delivered a battle cry against climate change. The …

Beverly Hills water wasters ‘should be ashamed,’ state regulator says

Friday, October 30, 2015

LOS ANGELES — The city of Beverly Hills and three other water suppliers face financial penalties for falling short of state water conservation mandates, officials said Friday. Statewide, Californians cut their urban water use in September by 26.1 percent compared with the same month in 2013, regulators said. …

Earth Talk: All Democratic candidates are strong on the environment

Friday, October 30, 2015

Dear Earthtalk: Where do the leading Democratic candidates for president stand on environmental issues? — Leslie Mazur, Hauppauge, New York President Obama, with his recent push to join the world in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, will be a …