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Chestnut tree fungus blight on the bark of a 10-year-old chestnut tree in Ohio.

Earth Matters: American chestnut: The king is poised for a comeback

Friday, February 12, 2016

Whatever you’re doing, stop for a moment. Look out the window at the nearest patch of woods. What do you see? Perhaps a pair of squirrels racing up an oak tree? Some chickadees perched in a white pine? Maybe a stand of beeches or hemlocks? Now, consider what you don’t see — not because of your particular angle of view, …

Bird Sightings

Friday, February 12, 2016

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A greater white-fronted goose and a cackling goose were found in Longmeadow. Reports continue of the red-headed woodpeckers in Longmeadow. A northern shrike is still being seen at the Moran Wildlife Management Area in Windsor. A short-eared owl is still being reported in Northampton. A Barrow’s goldeneye and Iceland, …

Valley Views: Winter Texture

Friday, February 12, 2016

Valley Views: Who Me?

Friday, January 15, 2016

Who Me? Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Easthampton Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely, South Hadley While watching birds at the feeders at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton recently I had to laugh at the antics of the gray …

Robert Floyd gallery in Southampton to host black and white photo shows

Friday, January 15, 2016

The Robert Floyd Photo Gallery and Learning Center, 2 East St., Southampton, is hosting a group photo exhibit “Director’s Picks” from Jan. 25 through Feb. 1. Reception and artist Conversations will be held Jan. 31 at 3 p.m. Wine and local crafted cheese and apple cider will be …

Not just water: City says river’s charm is key to well-being

Thursday, January 14, 2016

By DAN ELLIOTT Associated Press FORT COLLINS, Colo. — A picturesque Colorado river with a peculiar French name is the latest prize in the West’s water wars, where wilderness advocates usually line up against urban and industrial development. …

National Guard called in on Flint water crisis

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Members of the Michigan National Guard began arriving in Flint on Wednesday for briefings on the drinking water crisis, ahead of a larger contingent of Guardsmen who will help distribute bottled water, filters and …

Pipeline foes argue that exporting too much natural gas from hydrofracked shale-oil fields would raise domestic prices

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

With the United States poised to become a net exporter of natural gas, some pipeline foes suspect that the controversial Northeast Energy Direct pipeline through western Massachusetts would deliver relatively low-cost liquefied natural gas to European and Asian customers as well as the New England energy market. And, …

Environmental briefs

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

IN THE NEWS Protections rejected for wolf in decline SEATTLE — For more than two decades, conservation groups have argued that a wolf and the rainforest in southeast Alaska where it lives are at risk. While the groups have won strong restrictions on logging of the Tongass National …

Former Franklin County energy director Jake Plante recalls grassroots activism of 1970s

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

You can expect energy and the environment to be among the key local, state and national issues of the new year, as they were in 2015 — solar policy, pipeline projects, nuclear plant closings and electricity prices. Energy …

Naila Moreira: A world overheating not just in temperature, but in its very structure

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — About a year ago, I saw three deer running across the Connecticut River. They weren’t walking on water: the river had frozen, thick enough to support their lightly tripping hooves. Last winter, Bostonians got so much …

Study over 15 years in Whately connects warming climate to decline of Eastern brook trout

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

As scientists around the world continue to decipher the ways in which global climate change affects wildlife and the environment, researchers in western Massachusetts, have positively connected the warming climate to the decline of the Eastern brook trout. …

‘Walls of Kindness’ provide winter clothes to Iran’s needy

Sunday, January 10, 2016

TEHRAN, Iran — As a brutal winter set in across Iran, anonymous philanthropists throughout the country painted “Walls of Kindness” and installed rows of hooks, inviting passers-by to leave warm clothes if they could spare them or take …