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FILE - This Aug. 19, 2014 file photo shows flash flood waters from the overrun Skunk Creek flood I-10 in northwestern Phoenix. Global warming is here, human-caused and can already be considered dangerous, a draft of a new international science report says, warning that it is increasingly likely that climate change could be irreversible. The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on Monday sent governments a final draft of its synthesis report, which combines three earlier, gigantic documents by the Nobel Prize-winning group. There is little in the report, that wasn’t in the other more-detailed versions, but the language is more stark and the report attempts to paint a bigger picture of the problem caused by the burning of fossil fuels, such as coal, oil and gas. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

UN panel: Global warming human-caused, dangerous

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

WASHINGTON — Global warming is here, human-caused and probably already dangerous — and it’s increasingly likely that the heating trend could be irreversible, a draft of a new international science report says. The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on Monday sent governments a final draft of its synthesis report, which combines three earlier, gigantic documents by the Nobel … 0

Nuclear Regulatory Commission reopens petition from anti-nuclear groups seeking Entergy financial information

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission recently reopened a year-old petition from anti-nuclear groups concerned about the financial ability of Entergy Corp. to safely operate its nuclear plants, including Vermont Yankee. The original petition, filed before Entergy announced plans to shut the 620-megawatt reactor in Vernon, Vermont, at the end of 2014 for economic reasons, had called for NRC staff to seek detailed financial information … 0

Crocodile attacks swimmers in Coral Gables canal

Monday, August 25, 2014

MIAMI — Coral Gables, Fla., authorities on Monday were combing a canal for a crocodile that went on the attack over the weekend. They’re also handing out warnings to area residents. Two people were bitten by the croc while swimming in a Coral Gables canal around 2 a.m. Sunday, said Jorge Pino, a spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation. Both were … 0

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, July 25, 2014

HUMMINGBIRD River Valley Way, Easthampton Photograph and text by Bob Solosko of Easthampton I’ve been watching this hummingbird since it discovered some red flowers in a field on River Valley Way in Easthampton. It’s been visiting these flowers … 0

Increase in wildfires raises questions, concerns

Friday, July 25, 2014

Dear EarthTalk: Why are wildfires on the increase and what can be done to stop them from happening? — Sandy Heffran, Albuquerque, New Mexico There’s no question that wildfires are on the increase across the American West and … 0

Deal reached to preserve Lenox land

Thursday, July 24, 2014

LENOX (AP) — A deal has been reached to preserve more than 140 acres of pristine farmland and open space in the Berkshires. Under a $700,000 agreement announced Tuesday between the Berkshire Natural Resources Council and the Sprague family, owners of Undermountain Farm and Stables, 83 acres of … 0

After loss of dog to coyote, Hadley couple spreads word on dangers

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

HADLEY — Hershey loved being outdoors, especially in the large Middle Street yard and garden where she could chase critters around. But a recent foray outside her home ended in tragedy for the miniature dachshund when she was … 1

Climate scientists have a beef with beef

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

If you want to slow climate change, white meat may be the right meat, according to two studies that tally the environmental effect of the beef industry. Raising cattle in the U.S. requires 28 times as much land and 11 times as much irrigation water, and pumps at … 0

Shark sightings off Cape Cod boost tourism

Monday, July 21, 2014

CHATHAM — Great white sharks are having an unusual effect on Cape Cod this summer, and many a merchant is going to need a bigger wallet. The sharks being spotted in growing numbers are stirring curiosity and a … 0

Rare bumblebee rebounding? Sightings creating hopeful buzz

Monday, July 21, 2014

SEATTLE — For Will Peterman, the first thrill was spotting a rare, Western bumblebee north of Seattle last summer. The second was when the calls and emails started rolling in. Once abundant throughout the Western United States, the … 0

A brief getaway: 200 pairs of panties stolen at Georgia mall

Monday, July 21, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the theft of 200 pairs of panties at an east Georgia shopping mall. Richmond County sheriff’s officials say a thief stole the panties from Victoria’s Secret in Augusta Mall shortly before noon Saturday. The Augusta Chronicle reports that security video shows … 0

Resurgence of gray seals spurs calls for hunt

Sunday, July 20, 2014

ROCKLAND, Maine — Decades after gray seals were all but wiped out in New England waters, the population has rebounded so much that some frustrated residents are calling for a controlled hunt. The once-thriving New England gray seal … 0

Suddenly, the sun is quiet: Where did the sunspots go?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The sun has gone quiet. Almost too quiet. A few weeks ago it was teeming with sunspots, as you would expect since we are supposed to be in the middle of solar maximum-the time in the sun’s 11-year cycle when it is the most active. But now, there … 0