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Valley Views: Bald Eagle in Flight

Friday, March 27, 2015

Earth Matters: Maybe we are all climate change deniers

Friday, March 27, 2015

If you’re anything like me, you’re a walking contradiction. I understand climate change and what causes it; I read articles about sea level rise, catastrophic drought and the probability of climate refugees, hunger and planetary strife. I deeply understand what we (I) are doing to our only home. I don’t think I’m immune …

Study: Melting of Antarctic ice shelves speeds up in last decade

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The frozen fringes of western Antarctica have been melting 70 percent faster in the last decade, raising concern that an important buttress keeping land-based ice sheets from flowing to the sea could collapse or vanish in coming decades, a new study shows. An acceleration in the flow of massive ice sheets would add substantially to the ongoing rise of sea levels, according to …

Valley Views: Junco with snowflake

Friday, February 20, 2015

Junco with Snowflake Newton Street, South Hadley Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely, South Hadley During the morning snowstorm Jan. 24, I set up my tripod and camera on my back porch in South Hadley hoping to …

National Grid joins Eversource Energy as developer of Access Northeast project to increase natural gas supply

Thursday, February 19, 2015

National Grid is joining the former Northeast Utilities in a $3 billion project to bring an additional 1 billion cubic feet of natural gas a day to the region for electricity generation. Eversource Energy — formerly Northeast Utilities — and Houston-based Spectra Energy on Wednesday helped announce that …

Roofs across NE sag under weight of snow

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

BOSTON — No building is safe from the incredible stress of the 8 feet of snow that has piled up on roofs across New England, and things are expected to get worse before they get better, experts said …

From the Gulf to New England, cold grips nation

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

DURHAM, N.C. — A powerful winter storm dumped snow from Nashville to Nantucket, and arctic-like temperatures gripped much of the U.S. and hundreds of thousands of people lost power in the South. While some shivered, others bundled up …

T’d off: Transit system woes irk Boston commuters

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

BOSTON — Nearly 8 feet of snowfall this winter has paralyzed greater Boston’s transit system, infuriating commuters on and off the rails who may not see a return to normal for at least a month. Commuter, subway and …

Vermont Yankee decommissioning subject of Nuclear Regulatory Commission meeting Thursday

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Decommissioning plans for the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant will be aired at a Nuclear Regulatory Commission meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Quality Inn, 1380 Putney Road. The meeting will review the Post-Shutdown Decommissioning Activities Report for the 42-year-old power plant in Vernon that …

Cold snap brings snow to South

Monday, February 16, 2015

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Snow swirled sideways in Kentucky and the typically bustling state capital of Frankfort came to a frozen halt Monday as a storm walloped parts of the South, which unlike the Northeast, had been mostly spared …

More frigid weather to follow latest storm

Sunday, February 15, 2015

BOSTON — Another weekend, another major snowstorm: The latest system to sweep the Northeast brought another foot to Boston — on top of 6 feet that has fallen over the last month — and tested New Englanders who …

Area briefs

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Amherst CLIMATE CHANGE MUSIC: A community gathering featuring poetry and music that aims to inspire action on climate change will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Jewish Community of Amherst, 742 Main St. The event will feature readings by poets John Berkowitz and Don Ogden, songs …

Alan Eccleston of Hadley comes up with idea for voluntary carbon tax which gains momentum

Friday, February 13, 2015

LEVERETT — It dawned on Alan Eccleston as he was silently worshipping at the Mount Toby Friends Quaker Meeting one day that if the government is not willing to tackle carbon-induced global warming, why can’t people impose a …