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President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Centre, in Paris, on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. Obama discussed the COP21 climate change summit, and the threat of terrorism from the Islamic State Group. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Obama says parts of climate deal must be legally binding

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

LE BOURGET, France — President Barack Obama said Tuesday that parts of the global warming deal being negotiated in Paris should be legally binding on the countries that sign on, setting up a potential fight with Republicans at home. Obama’s stand won praise at the U.N. climate conference from those who want a strong agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions …

A proposed luxury resort where eagles soar stirs anger

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

WARSAW, Va. — Twice a year, bald eagles from as far north as Canada and as far south as Florida flock by the thousands to a stretch of the Rappahannock River in Virginia for an all-you-can-eat buffet. They perch in trees atop pale cliffs rising along this river to the Chesapeake Bay and …

Leaders make pitches on climate

Monday, November 30, 2015

LE BOURGET, France — With dramatic vows to save future generations from an overheated planet, the largest gathering ever of world leaders began two weeks of talks Monday aimed at producing the most far-reaching pact yet to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and avert environmental havoc. “We should ask what will we say to our …

Keystone off the table, but back East, pipeline fight builds

Monday, November 9, 2015

ROCKY MOUNT, Va. — Carolyn and Ian Reilly and their four children left Florida’s sprawl in 2010 to farm 58 acres in rural Virginia, raising beef cattle, chicken and hogs. Then a year ago, they learned a natural …

World Bank: Warming to exacerbate poverty

Sunday, November 8, 2015

STOCKHOLM — Climate change could push more than 100 million people into extreme poverty by 2030 by disrupting agriculture and fueling the spread of malaria and other diseases, the World Bank said in a report Sunday. Released just …

Local activists, sustainability experts say Keystone decision a move in the right direction

Friday, November 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Local activists and sustainability experts view President Barack Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL project as an important economic and environmental step in reducing the country’s dependency on oil and paving the way for expansion of …

Hearing Monday in Hadley on management plan for Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge

Friday, November 6, 2015

HADLEY — Residents will have the opportunity to offer comments about a document to manage the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, which extends through Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. A public hearing will be held at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service building at …

Valley Views: Red Squirrel

Friday, November 6, 2015

Red Squirrel Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Coombs Road, Easthampton Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely of South Hadley I’m a frequent visitor to the Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary on Coombs Road in Easthampton. On this day in late September …

Earth Matters: Mourning dove, a bird for all seasons

Friday, November 6, 2015

One of the pleasures in observing nature is that repeated encounters with familiar species can evoke ever deeper fascination and appreciation. The mourning dove, one of the most common and widespread birds in North America, is a case …

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 …