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Federal regulators approve request by Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage Project to increase winter capacity

Thursday, November 27, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Federal regulators on Wednesday granted last-minute approval for the Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage Project to pump more water from the Connecticut River, boosting storage capacity at its mountaintop reservoir for four months beginning Monday. FirstLight Hydro Generating Co. will be able to add 22 feet of capacity to its 5-billion-gallon reservoir through March 31 to address winter electricity needs in New England. FirstLight’s application, filed with the Federal …

Thanksgiving travel ‘a little hairy’ across region

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A sloppy mix of rain and snow rolled into the Northeast on Wednesday just as millions of Americans began the big Thanksgiving getaway, grounding hundreds of flights and turning highways hazardous along the congested Washington-to-Boston corridor. By early evening, more than 700 flights had been canceled, the bulk of …

Businesses invited to briefings in Hadley, Greenfield on Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A statewide industrial group and local chambers of commerce have scheduled by-invitation-only meetings Tuesday in Hadley and Greenfield to brief businesses about the project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. Associated Industries of Massachusetts is the co-sponsor of the “business community energy briefing” sessions. The meeting in Hadley was organized with the Greater Northampton and Amherst Area chambers of commerce, but Dawn …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline environmental report rejects alternate routes

Thursday, November 6, 2014

The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. filed sections of its draft environmental report Wednesday for its Northeast Energy Direct project, rejecting alternatives that would send the pipeline along Route 2, the Massachusetts Turnpike or southern New Hampshire instead of its preferred path through Plainfield and nine Franklin County towns. …

Robot baby penguin infiltrates Antarctic colony

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

For decades, humans have built rovers to visit places we can’t easily reach, including the moon and Mars. Now scientists have built a rover to explore another challenging target: colonies of adorable penguins. A team led by scientists from the University of Strasbourg in France have built a …

Citing pipeline capacity, natural gas companies poised to turn away new customers in Valley

Monday, November 3, 2014

A natural gas pipeline that feeds much of the Pioneer Valley is nearly at capacity, a development that will force at least one gas company to turn away new customers in its Franklin County territory by the end of this year and extend the moratorium to Hampshire County …

Storm brings high winds, surf to NE

Sunday, November 2, 2014

BARNSTABLE (AP) — An early November storm hit southern New England with strong winds, high surf and some snow while knocking out power to thousands of customers. Southeastern Massachusetts including Cape Cod was hardest hit Sunday. The area is served by NStar, which said more than 7,200 of …

UN climate report: Emissions may need to drop to zero

Sunday, November 2, 2014

COPENHAGEN — Climate change is happening, it’s almost entirely man’s fault and limiting its impacts may require reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero this century, the U.N.’s panel on climate science said Sunday. The fourth and final volume …

November snow surprises Southeast states

Sunday, November 2, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A surprise snow swept across parts of Tennessee, Georgia and South Carolina on Saturday, falling on pumpkins and power lines. It was the earliest snow on record in the Columbia area by eight days, according to the National Weather Service. Neither Boston nor New …

Sweden is a global leader in green efforts

Friday, October 31, 2014

Dear EarthTalk: I recently heard that Sweden is the greenest country in the world. Is this true and, if so, by what standards? And where does the U.S. rank? — Raul Swain, New York, NY It’s true that …

Bird sightings

Friday, October 31, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A golden eagle was seen in Holyoke, and a northern goshawk was reported in Northampton. A greater white-fronted goose was found in Lee. A …

Guard to boost security around Hawaii lava flow

Friday, October 31, 2014

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — The National Guard is deploying troops to a rural Hawaii town as lava makes a slow crawl toward a major road and threatens to further isolate the community that got its start during the …

GE pans EPA’s Housatonic cleanup plan

Thursday, October 30, 2014

PITTSFIELD — General Electric Co. has sharply criticized the federal government’s $619 million proposal to clean chemicals from the Housatonic River in Pittsfield and other communities downstream. GE’s 128-page response this week to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the Rest of River plan “is far larger and …