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Businesses invited to briefings in Hadley, Greenfield on Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A statewide industrial group and local chambers of commerce have scheduled by-invitation-only meetings Tuesday in Hadley and Greenfield to brief businesses about the project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. Associated Industries of Massachusetts is the co-sponsor of the “business community energy briefing” sessions. The meeting in Hadley was organized with the Greater Northampton and Amherst Area chambers of commerce, but Dawn Creighton, western Massachusetts director for AIM, declined …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline considers moving part of route from Franklin County into New Hampshire

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A route through New Hampshire for the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project has emerged as the primary path for the planned pipeline. Tennessee Gas Pipeline, which earlier this month proposed several alternatives to a route crossing through nine Franklin County towns on its path from Wright, N.Y., to Dracut, now plans to list the New Hampshire route as preferred for the $4 billion …

Barley helped ancient humans inhabit ‘Roof of the World’

Monday, November 24, 2014

How did human settlements manage to reach high altitudes in the Tibetan Plateau, a region known as the “Roof of the World”? An international team of researchers has a simple answer: barley. The findings, published in the journal Science, reveal a key factor that helped human settlements overcome such harsh, unforgiving environments. Archaeologists have found traces of intermittent human presence high on the …

Citing pipeline capacity, natural gas companies poised to turn away new customers in Valley

Monday, November 3, 2014

A natural gas pipeline that feeds much of the Pioneer Valley is nearly at capacity, a development that will force at least one gas company to turn away new customers in its Franklin County territory by the end of this year and extend the moratorium to Hampshire County …

Storm brings high winds, surf to NE

Sunday, November 2, 2014

BARNSTABLE (AP) — An early November storm hit southern New England with strong winds, high surf and some snow while knocking out power to thousands of customers. Southeastern Massachusetts including Cape Cod was hardest hit Sunday. The area is served by NStar, which said more than 7,200 of …

UN climate report: Emissions may need to drop to zero

Sunday, November 2, 2014

COPENHAGEN — Climate change is happening, it’s almost entirely man’s fault and limiting its impacts may require reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero this century, the U.N.’s panel on climate science said Sunday. The fourth and final volume …

November snow surprises Southeast states

Sunday, November 2, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A surprise snow swept across parts of Tennessee, Georgia and South Carolina on Saturday, falling on pumpkins and power lines. It was the earliest snow on record in the Columbia area by eight days, according to the National Weather Service. Neither Boston nor New …

Sweden is a global leader in green efforts

Friday, October 31, 2014

Dear EarthTalk: I recently heard that Sweden is the greenest country in the world. Is this true and, if so, by what standards? And where does the U.S. rank? — Raul Swain, New York, NY It’s true that …

Bird sightings

Friday, October 31, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A golden eagle was seen in Holyoke, and a northern goshawk was reported in Northampton. A greater white-fronted goose was found in Lee. A …

Guard to boost security around Hawaii lava flow

Friday, October 31, 2014

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — The National Guard is deploying troops to a rural Hawaii town as lava makes a slow crawl toward a major road and threatens to further isolate the community that got its start during the …

GE pans EPA’s Housatonic cleanup plan

Thursday, October 30, 2014

PITTSFIELD — General Electric Co. has sharply criticized the federal government’s $619 million proposal to clean chemicals from the Housatonic River in Pittsfield and other communities downstream. GE’s 128-page response this week to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the Rest of River plan “is far larger and …

Lava creeps closer to Hawaii homes

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

PAHOA, Hawaii — After weeks of slow, stop-and-go movement, a river of asphalt-black lava was less than the length of a football field from homes in a Big Island community Tuesday. The lava flow easily burned down an …

Coalition plans advertising campaign backing projects such as Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Monday, October 27, 2014

With higher electricity costs scheduled to kick in next week for National Grid customers, a recently created “Coalition to Lower Energy Costs” is planning a media campaign, backed by large industrial electricity users — and organized by lobbyists connected to pipeline proponent Kinder Morgan — pushing for support …