Study to determine source of excess nitrogen in Conn. River
Jun19

Study to determine source of excess nitrogen in Conn. River

NORTHFIELD — Fish populations in the Long Island Sound are decreasing because there’s too much nitrogen in the Connecticut River. A study now going on partly in town will help determine how much of the excess nitrogen is coming from Massachusetts. The connection between nitrogen in the Connecticut River and the fish life of the Long Island Sound is that nitrogen is a food source for certain kinds of algae. When the Connecticut River...

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Connecticut River Conservancy calls for full studies on Northfield Mountain relicensing
Jun19

Connecticut River Conservancy calls for full studies on Northfield Mountain relicensing

With the relicensing of the Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage Project and other Connecticut River hydroelectric facilities delayed, an environmental advocacy organization has called for a “thorough alternatives analysis of the operation and design” of the Northfield facility. The Connecticut River Conservancy, of Greenfield, called on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last week for the comprehensive analysis to look at...

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Building showcases wood’s past, future
Jun19

Building showcases wood’s past, future

A strong aroma of fresh wood greets visitors to the John W. Olver Design Building at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, wafting from large wooden posts and massive beams that support four floors of classrooms and a rooftop garden. Except for a few steel beams, the 87,000-square-foot building, which was completed last year for $52 million, is constructed almost entirely from wooden boards that are glued together with...

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PHOTO: Cycling into summer solstice
Jun19

PHOTO: Cycling into summer solstice

Cyclists cruise past a field on Leyden Road in Greenfield on a recent sunny day. Tom Bevacqua says following Monday’s thunderstorms, we’ll zoom into summer sunshine with the arrival of the solstice this Thursday.

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James Hansen wishes he wasn’t so right about global warming
Jun19

James Hansen wishes he wasn’t so right about global warming

NEW YORK — James Hansen wishes he was wrong. He wasn’t. NASA’s top climate scientist in 1988, Hansen warned the world on a record hot June day 30 years ago that global warming was here and worsening. In a scientific study that came out a couple months later, he even forecast how warm it would get, depending on emissions of heat-trapping gases. The hotter world that Hansen envisioned in 1988 has pretty much come true so far, more or...

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Northampton joins growing list in restricting water use
Jun19

Northampton joins growing list in restricting water use

NORTHAMPTON — The city joined dozens of other communities across the commonwealth when it enacted its water use restriction Friday, though only a small fraction of those are in western Massachusetts. The water use restriction began on June 15 and it applies to all users of the Northampton’s public water supply. The restriction limits nonessential water use between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Limiting water use is needed to ensure a sustainable...

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