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This Jan. 20, 2015 photo released by Hawaii Department of Land & Natural Resources shows coral being studied for bleaching, which is a stress response that causes corals to lose algae and color from their tissue, in Kaneohe Bay near Kaneohe, Hawaii. Warm ocean temperatures last summer stressed many of Hawaii’s coral reefs so severely that they expelled the algae they rely on for survival. The resulting mass “bleaching” of Hawaii’s corals is a blow to the state’s fragile reefs which are already under pressure from runoff from development on land and overfishing. It’s also a concerning indicator of a warming globe, with some activists calling coral bleaching the most visible sign of climate change. (AP Photo/Hawaii Department of Land & Natural Resources, Dan Dennison)

Most of Hawaii’s coral recover from mass bleaching

Thursday, January 29, 2015

HONOLULU — Coral rely on algae for food and their survival. So when the stress of warmer-than-average ocean temperatures prompted many of Hawaii’s corals to expel algae last year — a phenomenon called bleaching because coral lose their color when they do this — many were worried they might die. Now the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources says …

Storm hits coastal communities hard

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

MARSHFIELD — Some of the areas hardest hit by the blizzard that tore through the state were on the coastline, where oceanfront homes took the brunt of raging seas. In Marshfield, officials were still assessing the damage but said at least four homes will likely be condemned. At least a dozen more sustained …

Dallas woman bitten by shark to leave hospital

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — The Dallas woman who lost a good part of her left side to a hungry shark in the Bahamas is close to leaving a Hollywood hospital to go home. Lacy Webb, 34, who was flown to Memorial Regional Hospital for treatment after the attack, described her death-defying encounter Tuesday at a news conference at the hospital. It was Jan. 6 …

Bird sightings in western Massachusetts

Friday, January 9, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. Two barnacle geese have been present the last few mornings near the sandbar off West Road in Longmeadow. A snowy owl is still being …

Author and avian song expert Don Kroodsma to speak in Amherst Jan. 12

Friday, January 9, 2015

Author and avian song expert Don Kroodsma will takes listeners to the hour before dawn when birdsong is at its best at the Hampshire Bird Club’s meeting on Jan. 12. The meeting, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:15 p.m. in the Immanuel Lutheran …

Cynthia and Gary Phelps of Granby preserve 186 acres of Holyoke Range woodland from development

Thursday, January 8, 2015

GRANBY — The decision to sell development rights to 186 acres of wooded land behind their log-cabin house at 137 Bachelor Street was not a difficult one for Cynthia and Gary Phelps. The land, which lies along the …

Winter gets down to business across US

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Snow followed by a wave of frigid air is plodding eastward, bringing warnings well ahead of time for people to take precautions and stay warm. The storm snarled traffic across much of the country and is threatening to …

Environmental news in brief

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

IN THE NEWS Kentucky blasts EPA carbon-pollution rule Officials with the state of Kentucky say the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency needs to rethink a carbon-pollution rule that could have the “most significant and far-reaching impact to environmental and energy policy that we have seen in 40 years.” In …

3 men see snout, free moose buried in Alaskan avalanche

Friday, January 2, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — There’s an extra moose alive in southcentral Alaska thanks to three snowmobilers who freed it from an avalanche. Marty Mobley, Rob Uphus and Avery Vucinich, residents of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, on Sunday went riding on the west side of Hatcher Pass about 55 miles northeast …

Bird carcasses along Pacific shore baffle biologists

Friday, January 2, 2015

The carcasses of thousands of small birds called Cassin’s auklets have been washing ashore over the last few months from Northern California up to the north coast of Washington. Scientists along the Pacific Coast have been trying to determine what is causing the large die-off of the birds …

Wildscaping: Landscaping for wildlife

Friday, January 2, 2015

Since you’re reading this column, I’m sure you care about the environment because you know we depend on it for our own survival and because you’re concerned for the well-being of other forms of life. We are all …


Friday, January 2, 2015

∎∎ Moonlight Snowshoe/Hike for Fitness — Jan. 3, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Northfield Mountain Recreation Center, Route 63, Northfield. Free (snowshoe rental $16). 800-859-2960. ∎∎ Moonlight Skiing — Trustees of Reservations sponsor moonlight skiing, Jan. 3 and 31, 7 to 9 p.m., Notchview Reservation, Route 9, Windsor. $10. 684-0148. ∎∎ Moonlight …

Storm dumps snow, casts chill over West for New Year’s

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A blustery winter storm dumped snow and ice across the West on Wednesday, making driving treacherous in the mountains from California to the Rockies and forcing residents and party-goers in some usually sun-soaked cities to bundle up for …