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Friday, November 27, 2015

Here are this week’s bird sightings from Voice of Audubon for Western Massachusetts. Four blue-winged teal and two red-headed woodpeckers were at the Longmeadow flats. Short-eared owls continue to be reported at Arcadia Meadows in Northampton. A cackling goose continues to be seen on the campus pond at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and another cackling goose is on …

Holyoke rail tie fire highlights hazards posed by debris along Connecticut River Line

Friday, November 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A fire that engulfed a massive pile of discarded, wooden rail ties in downtown Holyoke earlier this week is raising new concerns among public safety officials and area lawmakers about the hazards posed by the thousands of such ties left along the newly constructed Connecticut River Line. Massachusetts Department of Transportation …

Quabbin region joins Global People’s Climate March for the Earth

Thursday, November 26, 2015

As France prepares for next week’s gathering of world leaders to act on climate change, citizens from the Quabbin region will join with over 2,500 other groups around the world to stage the Global People’s Climate March for the Earth. The North Quabbin People’s March will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Uptown Common in Athol. The common purpose …

US youths sue to push government on climate change

Monday, November 2, 2015

SEATTLE — They can’t vote yet, but dozens of young people want a say in the planet’s future, so minors nationwide have been suing states and the federal government in recent years to push action on climate change. They say their generation will bear the brunt of global …

Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst votes to oppose Northeast Energy Direct gas pipeline

Monday, November 2, 2015

AMHERST — An Amherst religious congregation recently voted without dissent to oppose construction of the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline, possibly the first faith-based group in the region to go on record against the project that would pass through western Massachusetts. Members of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst …

Gov. Jerry Brown’s link between climate change and wildfires is unsupported, fire experts say

Monday, November 2, 2015

By Paige St. John Los Angeles Times (TNS) COWBOY CAMP, Calif. — The ash of the Rocky fire was still hot when Gov. Jerry Brown strode to a bank of television cameras beside a blackened ridge and, flanked by firefighters, delivered a battle cry against climate change. The …

Beverly Hills water wasters ‘should be ashamed,’ state regulator says

Friday, October 30, 2015

LOS ANGELES — The city of Beverly Hills and three other water suppliers face financial penalties for falling short of state water conservation mandates, officials said Friday. Statewide, Californians cut their urban water use in September by 26.1 percent compared with the same month in 2013, regulators said. …

Earth Talk: All Democratic candidates are strong on the environment

Friday, October 30, 2015

Dear Earthtalk: Where do the leading Democratic candidates for president stand on environmental issues? — Leslie Mazur, Hauppauge, New York President Obama, with his recent push to join the world in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, will be a …

Robert Floyd gallery to exhibit Newfoundland photos

Friday, October 30, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON — The Robert Floyd Photo Gallery and Learning Center will exhibit “Newfoundland Adventure” in November. The photo exhibit with accompanying Sunday afternoon “Artist Conversations” shares stories by nine Learning Center participants who converged in St. John’s, Newfoundland in June. During their 12-day experience, they observed and photographed …

Valley Views: Holyoke Range from the Honey Pot

Friday, October 30, 2015

Holyoke Range from the Honey Pot Honey Pot Road, Hadley Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely Not only does the fall season bring us great colors, but also some pretty fantastic skies. I often sputter about the …

Preparation and economic forces combine for lower winter electricity rate increases than last year

Thursday, October 29, 2015

In the wake of a brutal winter that saw some serious sticker shock for residents opening their electric bills, Eversource Energy and National Grid, the region’s two large public utilities, are reporting far milder increases to their rates for the coming season. The general consensus in the energy …

Eversource requests winter rate hike for electricity which is substantially less than last year

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Eversource customers in western Massachusetts will see a 6 percent increase over current prices in their monthly electricity bills this winter, if a new basic service rate filed with state regulators Wednesday is approved. But that figure is substantially lower than the roughly 60 percent spike caused by …

Opposition to Tennessee Gas Pipeline includes coalitions, nonviolence training

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The fight against the Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. has been morphing. The nearly 415-mile pipeline, which would cross Plainfield in Hampshire County eight Franklin County towns on its path from Pennsylvania shale …