Daily Hampshire Gazette - Established 1786
Clear
60°
Clear
Hi 84° | Lo 56°

Environment

Backlit banners at a rally before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission scoping meeting. Recorder/Paul Franz

Berkshire Gas owner buys 2.5% interest in pipeline

Saturday, August 1, 2015

The owner of Berkshire Gas Co. has announced that it will invest in the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline, which would provide natural gas for its customers. UIL Holdings Corp. announced its investment this week in the development of the Northeast Energy Direct project. The pipeline would cross eight Franklin County towns on its 188-mile route from Wright, New York, to …

Earth Matters: Our varied and vibrant Valley vegetation

Friday, July 31, 2015

The Pioneer Valley is a botanist’s paradise, a true hotspot of plant diversity in the state and, indeed New England. But besides pleasing plant geeks, our bounteous flora is the basis for all the animals — birds, insects, furry friends and us — that flourish here, providing food, shelter and a sense of …

Bird Sightings

Friday, July 31, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. Two great egrets and a snowy egret were reported in the Northampton-Hadley area. A Bonaparte’s gull was found in North Adams, and a lesser yellowlegs was seen in Pittsfield. A sora was reported in Belchertown, and an eastern screen-owl …

Critics of Tennessee Gas Pipeline claim underused facilities already exist to meet need for additional natural gas

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The “need” for a proposed $5 billion natural gas pipeline scrutinized last month by state officials — and in the months ahead by federal authorities — is for a winter peak of just 30 to 40 days a year, argue a variety of critics of the Tennessee Gas …

Better understanding of sharks’ migration patterns may be key to survival

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Her name is Jiffy Lube2, a relatively small shortfin mako shark that, like others of her kind, swims long distances every day in search of prey and comfortable water temperatures. But Jiffy Lube2’s travels are making waves among scientists who study sharks. The 140-pound …

Exploring alternatives as bans on single-use plastic bags become more common

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Sometimes referred to as “urban tumbleweed” littering streets and clogging sewers, single-use plastic bags are an scourge to healthy ecosystems across the globe. This has prompted bans and taxes on their use in a number of countries including …

Odds of split-colored lobster? 1 in 50 million

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

SCARBOROUGH, Maine — A rare orange-brown split-colored lobster has turned up off the coast of Maine. The Press Herald reports that the unusual lobster arrived last week at Pine Point Fisherman’s Co-Op in Scarborough. According to research by …

UMass report on climate change to help guide wildlife action plans in 22 states

Monday, July 6, 2015

AMHERST — The work of University of Massachusetts Amherst climate scientists will be used in 22 states to inform decisions about how to protect vulnerable wildlife from the effects of climate change. Michelle Staudinger, science coordinator for the …

US report warns of polar bears’ peril

Thursday, July 2, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Polar bears are at risk of dying off if humans don’t reverse the trend of global warming, a blunt U.S. government report filed Thursday said. “The single most important step for polar bear conservation is …

Earth Matters: The puzzle tree: Independence Day musings on sycamores

Thursday, July 2, 2015

I’ll be thinking about the eastern sycamore tree this Independence Day, an American tree on our national holiday. Although all trees might be said to be “created equal” from a moral perspective, each tree species has its own …

W. Europe swelters in heat wave

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

PARIS — Joggers wheezed, electric wires warped, and Britain sweated through its hottest July day on record as a wide swath of Western Europe sweltered in a heat wave. Authorities in France and elsewhere, mindful that thousands died …

Federal regulators plan July 29 meeting in Greenfield on Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Federal regulators have issued formal notice for the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. Northeast Energy Direct project, scheduling a July 29 public meeting in Greenfield. The notice starts the clock for the 60-day process to decide the scope of issues considered in a environmental impact statement on the project, …