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‘Bee weeks’ in Amherst, Northampton and Greenfield raise awareness about insect population decline

Friday, April 17, 2015

AMHERST — As the number of honeybees continues to decline, efforts are underway in Amherst, Northampton and Greenfield to promote bee habitats in meadows and to encourage residents and business owners to provide flowers that attract bees. All three communities are putting together “bee weeks” this spring. They begin this week in Amherst with a series of events for children and adults. Amherst is striving to become the first “bee-friendly” …

Valley Views: Blue Heron Rookery

Friday, April 17, 2015

Blue Heron Rookery Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Combs Road, Easthampton Marty Espinola, Northampton In mid-April I made my annual trek to the heron rookery on the Mass Audubon Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton. I stayed for over two hours watching the comings and goings of the herons. One couple was especially active and I …

Forums planned in Greenfield and Turners Falls on proposed Tennessee Gas pipeline

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Two forums on the Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. are scheduled in the coming weeks — one for the general public, the other specifically for potentially affected landowners and communities. To mark Earth Day, the Greenfield Community College Green Campus Committee will host a forum from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the college’s dining commons. The …

What you need to know about the disputed Keystone XL oil pipeline

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

One of the biggest environmental controversies of the Obama administration got locked up in Congress again this week, when the Republican-controlled Senate failed to override President Barack Obama’s recent veto of legislation that would have forced a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline. From the halls of Congress …

Swiss-made solar-powered plane airborne on historic round-the-world trip

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — With its wings stretched wide to catch the sun’s energy, a Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft took off from Abu Dhabi just after daybreak Monday in a historic first attempt to fly around the …

Environmental films at Tower Theaters

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

IN THE NEWS Environmental films at Tower Theaters The fifth Project Native environmental film festival will begin Sunday at the Tower Theaters in South Hadley. The schedule is 10 a.m., “Dam Nation” (53 minutes); 11:30 a.m., “Plastic Paradise” (57 minutes); 1 p.m., “The Starfish Throwers” (82 minutes); 2:50 …

At Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, partnerships key to conservation efforts

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Forging working partnerships with landowners, state and federal agencies and private and nonprofit groups plays a critical role in the success of most conservation efforts. Assessing potential projects and rounding up the right players is a key part …

Conte Refuge one of more than 550 in country protecting fish, wildlife and plants

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The National Wildlife Refuge System within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve the country’s fish, wildlife, and plants. Established in 1903, the system has grown to contain more than 150 million acres within more than 550 …

First Pioneer Valley Ecological Management Conference fuels collaborative efforts by environmentalists

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — The first Pioneer Valley Ecological Management Conference was deemed a success by organizers who were pleased by the presentations and the community turnout Saturday. “We are thrilled. This was a tremendous mix of people with a …

After the big snow, the big melt

Monday, March 9, 2015

BOSTON — New England is going from the Big Snow to the Big Melt. After winter storms dumped nearly 9 feet of snow over the course of a month, many parts of the region will see milder weather …

States fight to keep their wood fires burning

Sunday, March 8, 2015

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Smoke wafting from wood fires has long provided a familiar winter smell in many parts of the country — and, in some cases, a foggy haze that has filled people’s lungs with fine particles …

Earth Talk: Once promising Cape Wind Project gasping for air

Friday, March 6, 2015

Dear EarthTalk: What’s the latest on the controversial Cape Wind project off Cape Cod in Massachusetts? — Mitchell Barstow, Bern, North Carolina First proposed in 2001, the Cape Wind Project aims to put 130 wind turbines across 24 …

Concern over proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline passing through contaminated rail yard in East Deerfield

Thursday, March 5, 2015

DEERFIELD — With projects to clean up pollution at the Pan Am Railways yard in East Deerfield underway, some town residents are worried that the Tennessee Gas Pipeline route will pass through the property and further spread contaminants. …