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Police inspect Kid's Kampus, a daycare facility after a tornado ripped the roof off of the building in Sumrall, Miss., Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. According to the Sumrall Police Department, all 30 children and employees were unharmed and moved to the neighboring Citizens Bank. (AP Photo/The Hattiesburg American, Eli Baylis)

Storms kill 4 in South

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. — Severe weather slamming the southern U.S. two days before Christmas killed at least four people, flipped cars, knocked out power to thousands and damaged several homes and businesses. In Mississippi, Gov. Phil Bryant declared an emergency for two southeastern counties where officials say four people died in the storms and several more were injured. His office said …

Study on need for additional natural gas pipeline capacity produces split reaction

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Even before its release, a state-commissioned study on the need for additional gas pipeline capacity is being hailed by pipeline proponents and attacked by groups opposing the Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. The “low-demand analysis” by Synapse Energy Economics was commissioned by the administration of Gov. Deval Patrick after pipeline opponents in June questioned New-England-wide data backing …

Earth Matters: Awesome auroras: Watch for them in a sky near you

Friday, December 19, 2014

By all accounts, I am a space junkie (I suppose that beats being space junk). Gazing skyward gives me a proper perspective on my worldly concerns. My childhood was enlivened by hours spent watching the first moon landings on a grainy television screen, and I am still stirred by Neil Armstrong’s first words …

Bird Sightings: Birds recently spotted in western Massachusetts

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. An eared grebe was found on Lake Quaboag in Brookfield. A snowy owl, seen one evening in Longmeadow, may be the same one that …

Valley Views: Deerfield Valley seen from atop the Eaglebrook School’s ski slope

Friday, November 21, 2014

Eaglebrook Autumn View Deerfield Valley, Deerfield Photograph and text by Bob Solosko, Easthampton While hiking up Mount Pocumtuck in Deerfield on the last day in October, I made this image of the Deerfield Valley from the top of …

Heading Outdoors

Friday, November 21, 2014

■  Gas Pipeline Walk — 1.5-mile walk with Franklin Land Trust naturalist Joshua Morgan on land in Ashfield that stands in the path of the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline Saturday, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Meet at the intersection of Baptist Corner Road and North Bear River Road in …

Vermont Yankee to begin layoffs in January

Friday, November 21, 2014

VERNON, Vt. — The Vermont Yankee nuclear plant has officially notified the state of Vermont that it will be laying off 165 employees starting in January. That there would be layoffs has been common knowledge since Entergy’s announcement in August 2013 that it would ceas operations at the …

More snow brings Buffalo total to 7 feet

Thursday, November 20, 2014

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Roofs began to creak and collapse and homeowners struggled to clear waist-high drifts atop their houses Thursday as another storm brought the Buffalo area’s three-day snowfall total to an epic 7 feet or more. Gov. …

Buffalo snow onslaught not over

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Homeowners opened their front doors to find themselves sealed in by sheer walls of white. Shovelers turned walkways into head-high canyons. A woman gave birth in a firehouse after the snow prevented her from reaching …

Comments accepted through Tuesday on decommissioning, dismantling of Vermont Yankee nuclear plant

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Two studies on the future of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant site are under review by the Vermont Public Service Department, which is accepting public comment through Tuesday. The Vermont Yankee Site Assessment Study, issued last month by plant owner Entergy, describes its plans for …

Forest owner raises concerns about potential alternate route to Tennesee Gas Pipeline

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

As Massachusetts environmental officials negotiate with Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. about alternatives to its main proposed route across Massachusetts, one private forest owner has raised concerns that a new alignment to avoid state-owned conservation land could jeopardize his own protected timber land. The recently announced “Article 97 Avoidance …

Environmental news in brief

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

EPA chief says not all greenhouse gas cuts from power plants WASHINGTON — The ambitious reductions to greenhouse gases that President Barack Obama pledged in China last week will not lead to deeper emissions cuts at power plants, according to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy. At a …

River walks and paddle created by the Mill Ri er Greenway Initiative

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Here are the river walks and one paddle created by the Mill River Greenway Initiative. ■ Downtown Northampton I: Paradise Pond to Old South Street ■ Downtown Northampton II: Old South Street to Hockanum Road ■ Bay State Village: Paradise Pond to the Cutlery Building ■ Florence I: …