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Environment

Deal reached to preserve Lenox land

Thursday, July 24, 2014

LENOX (AP) — A deal has been reached to preserve more than 140 acres of pristine farmland and open space in the Berkshires. Under a $700,000 agreement announced Tuesday between the Berkshire Natural Resources Council and the Sprague family, owners of Undermountain Farm and Stables, 83 acres of pristine farmland and the 63-acre northern end of Parson’s Marsh in Lenox will be protected for all time as agricultural and open … 0

After loss of dog to coyote, Hadley couple spreads word on dangers

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

HADLEY — Hershey loved being outdoors, especially in the large Middle Street yard and garden where she could chase critters around. But a recent foray outside her home ended in tragedy for the miniature dachshund when she was critically wounded, likely by a coyote that attacked her. The death of the 6½-year-old dog … 1

Climate scientists have a beef with beef

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

If you want to slow climate change, white meat may be the right meat, according to two studies that tally the environmental effect of the beef industry. Raising cattle in the U.S. requires 28 times as much land and 11 times as much irrigation water, and pumps at least five times as much planet-warming gases into Earth’s atmosphere than producing the equivalent calories … 0

West Coast sea stars fall prey to mystery plague

Sunday, June 29, 2014

SEATTLE — A mysterious killer is wiping out sea stars along the entire West Coast of North America, with 20 species affected. Called sea star wasting syndrome, the outbreak hitting the coast from Alaska to Mexico was first reported from Olympic National Park in Washington last summer, and … 0

Legislators raise questions about state officials participating in closed-door meetings on natural gas pipeline development

Saturday, June 28, 2014

The report last week that New England state administrators met in closed-door sessions with energy business leaders to craft a plan for billions of dollars of natural gas pipeline development to be passed onto utility ratepayers is raising eyebrows — and further questions — among some area lawmakers. … 2

Review of Tennessee Gas Pipeline project rescheduled to July 24 at Greenfield Community College

Saturday, June 28, 2014

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments and its Franklin Regional Planning Board have rescheduled to July 24 their first-ever joint meeting to review the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project. The boards’ original May 15 meeting on what Tennessee Gas Pipeline now calls its Northeast Energy Direct project was … 0

A total of 130 acres in Amherst, Belchertown and Hatfield added to the list of conservations lands in the area

Friday, June 27, 2014

A total of 130 acres of newly conserved land in three Valley towns will support outdoor recreation while protecting wildlife and natural resources in the Pioneer Valley. Kristin DeBoer, executive director of the Amherst-based Kestrel Land Trust, announced … 0

Mountain lion scares shoppers in Utah

Friday, June 27, 2014

SANDY, Utah — Utah authorities captured a mountain lion Friday that startled people but didn’t hurt anybody at a shopping center in a Salt Lake City suburb. The mountain lion was spotted walking across a street and into … 0

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, June 27, 2014

PHOEBE Route 9, Belchertown Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely of South Hadley I was visiting a friend one day and noticed that the phoebes were flying back and forth to a nest. Not wanting to intrude … 0

Bird Sightings

Friday, June 27, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A red crossbill was heard calling as it flew over New Salem. A northern shoveler was seen flying low over Pittsfield. A hooded warbler … 0

Calif. wind farm exempt on eagle deaths

Thursday, June 26, 2014

FRESNO, Calif. — A California wind farm will become the first in the nation to avoid prosecution if eagles are injured or die when they run into the giant turning blades, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said … 0

Solar array dedicated in Belchertown expected to start producing electricity next week

Thursday, June 26, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — Town Planner Douglas Albertson called a new 1.5 megawatt solar array that was dedicated Thursday at the former driving range of the Evergreene mini-golf course “a point of pride” for the community. Albertson spoke to about … 0

Watchdog slams New England governors for close ties to electric, gas execs in drafting regional gas pipeline, electric line financial plan

Thursday, June 26, 2014

A regional environmental watchdog group has released documents it says reveal close involvement by electric and gas utilities in developing a plan by the six New England governors to finance gas pipelines and electric transmission lines through ratepayers. … 2