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Divers stop oil leaking from sunken WWII ship, but threat still looms

Thursday, July 31, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C.— The W.E. Hutton is one of hundreds of wrecks off the North Carolina coast, known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic, where treacherous currents, shifting sands and strong storms have feasted on ships for centuries. Earlier this month, the Coast Guard received a call from a fishing boat reporting a small amount oil leaking on the surface of the ocean 35 miles southeast of Cape Lookout. It was … 0

‘Ocean safari’ shark watch on offer

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

BARNSTABLE (AP) — Two marine conservation groups are offering a daylong ocean trip on Cape Cod to search for great white sharks, humpback whales, gray seals and seabirds in their wild habitat, billing the trip as the first of its kind and calling it a safari. Organizers say there’s room for about 250 people on the Sept. 6 expedition. It is intended to … 0

A weather eye

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Half-century later, ‘Kennedy Compromise’ yields Lake Michigan erosion

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

CHICAGO — The flow of sand on the southernmost tip of Lake Michigan is out of balance, creating serious erosion in some places and too much sand in others, experts say. After decades of treating the problem at … 0

Rare donkey born in state

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

STERLING — A rare Poitou donkey has been born in Massachusetts. The male donkey was born Saturday at Davis Farmland, a petting zoo, spray park and animal sanctuary in the central Massachusetts town of Sterling. Co-owner Larry Davis … 0

Midwest flooding worsens

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

ST. LOUIS — More torrential rain worsened flooding in the Midwest, spawning high water that swept away an Iowa teenager, caused a traffic nightmare near one of the nation’s busiest airports and threatened to swamp a Missouri town … 0

Watershed council helps keep Connecticut River healthy

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Once one of the more polluted waterways in the nation, the Connecticut River has come a long way from its tainted past when few people were on it to boat, much less swim or fish. “Just 40 or … 0

Corporate responsibility for reducing pollution locally at issue in California

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

In the San Francisco Bay Area oil port city of Martinez, where a colossal Shell refinery has long tainted the air, the landmark California law that requires polluters to ease their carbon footprint seemed to some to promise new relief. But one big move by Shell to comply … 0

New York State Supreme Court rules that communities have power to ban fracking

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

WASHINGTON — New York state’s highest court ruled Monday that communities have the power to ban fracking, a decision that comes as local governments across the nation are increasingly trying to use zoning laws to stop the contentious spread of drilling. “I hope our victory serves as an … 0

Study: Plastic debris litters ocean surface

Monday, June 30, 2014

NEW YORK — Plastic junk is floating widely on the world’s oceans, but there’s less of it than expected, a study says. Such ocean pollution has drawn attention in recent years because of its potential harm to fish and other wildlife. The new work drew on results from … 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