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Loan from Common Good Finance boosts completion of Northeast Biodiesel plant in Greenfield

Friday, September 4, 2015

Long in the planning to ensure it is locally owned, the Northeast Biodiesel plant nearly ready at the Greenfield Industrial Park is getting a final boost from a 160-member, community-based nonprofit finance system. The $200,000, seven-year loan is provided by Ashfield-based Common Good Finance to Co-op Power, a Hatfield-based energy cooperative that is developing the $4.2 million biodiesel plant. It will cap a six-month campaign to raise the final $850,000 …

Whately seeks bids for work stablizing banks of the Mill River

Thursday, September 3, 2015

WHATELY — Town officials are seeking bids from contractors to stabilize the banks of the Mill River before they collapse and contaminate two nearby wells that supply water to nearly half of the town’s residents. The town will accept bids until Sept. 16, and a mandatory prebid conference is scheduled for Wednesday at the project site. The conference will be hosted by Nick …

Obama heads north of Arctic Circle

Thursday, September 3, 2015

KOTZEBUE, Alaska — President Barack Obama crossed the Arctic Circle on Wednesday in a first by a sitting U.S. president, telling residents in a far-flung Alaska village that their plight should be the world’s wake-up call on global warming. Obama’s visit to Kotzebue, a town of some 3,000 people in the Alaska Arctic, …

Off-shore drilling disasters prompt stronger regulations

Friday, August 7, 2015

Dear EarthTalk: Is off-shore drilling any safer for the environment today given lessons learned from the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico? — Leslie Jackson, Bern, North Carolina The Deepwater Horizon oil rig …

Valley Views: Pileated Family

Friday, August 7, 2015

Pileated Family Winsor Park, Quabbin Reservoir, Belchertown Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely, South Hadley As I was driving near the small Winsor Park, on my way out of Quabbin Reservoir in June, something caught my eye. …

Heading outdoors: Area activities

Friday, February 13, 2015

∎  Arcadia Invasive Plant Removal — Volunteers welcome Saturday and Aug. 15, 22 and 29, 9 a.m. to noon, Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd., Easthampton. 584-3009. ∎  Walking Tour of African-American Heritage in 19th-Century Florence — Wendy …

Massachusetts has more aggressive plan than new federal rule reducing power plants’ greenhouse gas emissions

Thursday, August 6, 2015

AMHERST — Massachusetts should have little trouble adapting to President Barack Obama’s new rule on reducing power plants’ greenhouse gas emissions because the state already passed a more aggressive plan, according to Senate President Stanley Rosenberg of Amherst. …

Opponents again dominate pipeline hearing before state Energy Facilities Siting Board

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — Opponents of the Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. again dominated a public hearing Wednesday night — this one a session before the state Energy Facilities Siting Board that included several adamant declarations that no pipeline will be built here. Many …

Florence Bank pledges $10,000 toward curbing excessive plant growth in Nashawannuck Pond

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — If you toss a fishing line into Nashawannuck Pond, it might just sit on top of a layer of heavy plant growth. “It’s almost like a blanket of weeds across the surface of the pond,” said …

President Obama’s Clean Power Plan: Use less coal, clean up the air

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

President Barack Obama’s newly announced Clean Power Plan is a big step forward for a nation that needs to reduce harmful carbon-dioxide emissions from power plants. It’s a strategy worth extra attention in coal-dependent states like Missouri and Kansas. The Show-Me State gets just over 80 percent of …

Toxic algae cloud blooms, spreads from Calif.-Alaska

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

SEATTLE — A vast bloom of toxic algae off the West Coast is denser, more widespread and deeper than scientists feared even weeks ago, according to surveyors aboard a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research vessel. This coastal …

Power plant rules put climate change on 2016 radar

Monday, August 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s sweeping new power plant regulations are thrusting the divisive debate over climate change into the race for the White House, with candidates in both parties seeing an opportunity to capitalize. To Democrats, rallying …

NH floats desalination plant idea

Monday, August 3, 2015

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — A New Hampshire seacoast official says investing in a regional plant to convert seawater into drinking water could provide a limitless supply of clean water to communities from southern Maine to northern Massachusetts. Portsmouth Assistant Mayor Jim Splaine tells the Portsmouth Herald he wants to …