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U.S. President Barack Obama, right, and  French President Francois Hollande pay their respect at the Bataclan concert hall, one of the recent deadly Paris attack sites, after Obama arrived in the French capital to attend the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21), Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. (Philippe Wojazer, Pool via AP)

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 grandchildren if we fail,” British Prime Minister …

Marchers in Northampton call for decisive international action on climate change

Sunday, November 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Among the first to arrive at Sunday’s climate march, Beth Fairservis assembled her Mother Earth puppet, an 8-foot-tall, full-body puppet she made herself with a likeness of planet Earth in the middle of its forehead. “She brings a lot of peace and, of course, love to the world,” Fairservis said as …

Clean energy investment pledged at climate talks

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Government and business leaders are banking on clean energy technology to fight global warming, kicking off this week’s high-stakes climate change negotiations by pledging billions of dollars to research and develop a technical fix to the planet’s climate woes. Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates, President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande …

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 …

Senate Democrats block attack on wetland rules

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — Democrats have blocked a Senate bill that would have forced the Obama administration to withdraw new federal rules to protect smaller streams, tributaries and wetlands from development and pollution. Supporters of the legislation — and opponents …

US youths sue to push government on climate change

Monday, November 2, 2015

SEATTLE — They can’t vote yet, but dozens of young people want a say in the planet’s future, so minors nationwide have been suing states and the federal government in recent years to push action on climate change. They say their generation will bear the brunt of global …