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‘Disruption’ documentary about climate change will be screened Tuesday; more than 1,000 people from Valley expected at People’s Climate March

Monday, September 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A documentary that traces the history of climate change and profiles the People’s Climate March in New York City on Sunday will be shown in Northampton Tuesday night. “Disruption” is being screened at 7 p.m. at Stoddard Hall auditorium on Elm Street across from the Art Museum on the Smith College campus. The film is being presented by the Smith College Green Team and Climate Action Now of …

Connecticut River Watershed Council raises cocnerns about water discharge permit for Vermont Yankee

Saturday, September 13, 2014

VERNON, Vt. — The state’s Agency of Natural Resources is scheduled to issue a new water discharge permit later this month for the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, even though the plant will be a few months away from permanently shutting down by then. Still, the Connecticut River Watershed Council, which had fought in the courts for years to protect migrating fish and other …

Scientists say ozone layer is recovering

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

WASHINGTON — Earth’s protective but fragile ozone layer is beginning to recover, largely because of the phase-out since the 1980s of certain chemicals used in refrigerants and aerosol cans, a U.N. scientific panel reported Wednesday in a rare piece of good news about the health of the planet. Scientists said the development demonstrates …

Bird Sightings

Friday, August 8, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. An immature little blue heron was found at Szot Park in Chicopee, then at the Springfield Plaza in a pond next to the theater …

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, August 8, 2014

THREE’S A CROWD Belchertown Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely of South Hadley “She’s mine. Get your own girl.” That’s what this male wood duck appears to be saying to an interested bachelor. I caught the action …

Cyclists visit Valley raising awareness about climate change

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Dressed in bright orange T-shirts and black cycling shorts and carried miles by their bicycles, six members of the Climate Summer team have been riding around Massachusetts over the past seven weeks, including a vigil Wednesday night and …

The Regulators: MassDEP enforcement notes, violations, fees, orders

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

THE REGULATORS The following are the most recent available state Department of Environmental Protection consent orders and penalty assessments in western Massachusetts. ■ WATER SUPPLY VIOLATIONS AMENDED CONSENT ORDER, JUNE 12, CHESTERFIELD: Entered into an amendment to an …

Contact information for Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Hitchcock Center and Earthwork Programs

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, the Hitchcock Center for the Environment and Earthwork Programs all continue summer camps that have open slots for August. Here is contact information to learn more about these organizations and what they offer. Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary 127 Combs Road, Easthampton massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/arcadia 413-584-3009 Hitchcock Center for …

Tests show higher-than-acceptable noise from Hoosac Wind turbines

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

MONROE — Acoustic testing of the Hoosac Wind turbines in Monroe and Florida show that noise levels have exceeded the maximum decibel range permissible for the 19-turbine New England Wind facility. Wind turbines in Massachusetts are not allowed to exceed the ambient noise level of their surroundings by …

SLIDESHOW: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Hitchcock Center, Earthwork Programs connect children and environment

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

On a hot summer day in mid-July, Rainier Jewett, 8, of Florence rose up from the underbrush in the woods of Conway covered in mud and forest debris and sporting a broad, sly smile. Then several more young …

Agencies team up for first ‘Samplepalooza’ to test Connecticut River health

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Just how pollutant-free is the Connecticut River, from the top of Vermont to the Long Island Sound? A group of agencies will pool their efforts Wednesday to collect data on nitrogen and phosphorous content, along with other algae-growing …

Sunderland residents replace lost maple trees

Monday, August 4, 2014

SUNDERLAND — For years, Sunderland resident Craig Felton has watched as the regal maple trees that line South Main Street have been battered by storms, succumbed to disease, or met their end, one by one, with a chain …

After wildfire, debate over letting nature take its course

Sunday, August 3, 2014

GROVELAND, Calif. — Nearly a year since a historic wildfire charred a huge swath of California’s High Sierra, debate rages over what to do with millions of dead trees left in its wake: truck them to lumber mills …