Endangered whales feeding off Cape Cod
Apr24

Endangered whales feeding off Cape Cod

MARSHFIELD — A group of endangered North Atlantic Right whales has been seen feeding near the Cape Cod coast. In weekend sightings that amazed sightseers and boaters, a pod of the endangered whales were seen spouting and coming up for air as they fed on krill. The Patriot Ledger reports 30 whales were spotted a mile from the shore of Marshfield. One man with binoculars said he lost count of the whales. The Marshfield harbormaster...

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Trump likes coal, but that doesn’t mean he’s hostile to wind
Apr23

Trump likes coal, but that doesn’t mean he’s hostile to wind

BOSTON — President Donald Trump has courted coal miners and cast doubt on whether fossils fuel contribute to climate change, but that hasn’t translated into hostility for renewable energy — particularly offshore wind. Using federal offshore leases, wind power projects along the East Coast, including off the shores of Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut, Virginia and New York, are pressing ahead with the goal of transforming the...

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Invasive snake worms make their presence felt in region
Apr23

Invasive snake worms make their presence felt in region

Beware: crazy snake worms may be headed our way. Researchers say when it comes to invasive earthworms, a particularly nasty annelid species poses a growing threat to a large chunk of New England’s forest ecosystem, including sugar maples. Crazy snake worms, an Asian invasive prized by fishermen for their aggressive wriggling, first came to the attention of Justin Richardson in 2011, when he began working on a doctorate at Dartmouth...

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Amherst, Hampshire and Smith colleges join energy agreement to increase their use of solar power
Apr23

Amherst, Hampshire and Smith colleges join energy agreement to increase their use of solar power

NORTHAMPTON —  Three local colleges have joined a solar-power collaborative, together with two other peer institutions, in an effort to offset their collective electrical needs. The deal involves Amherst, Hampshire and Smith colleges, Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, and Williams College in Williamstown. In what the liberal arts colleges are billing as the first collaborative purchase of New England solar power by higher-education...

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3 sentenced for eel poaching and selling
Apr23

3 sentenced for eel poaching and selling

PORTLAND, Maine — Three men accused of together poaching and selling as much as $1 million worth of baby eels, called elvers, have been sentenced to a combination of probation and fines. The Bangor Daily News reports the Thursday sentencing was part of a bust of an eel poaching ring that led to 21 men being prosecuted on charges of illegally catching, selling and transporting more than $5 million worth of elvers in nine East Coast...

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PHOTOS: Second day of cycling sees some smooth riding
Apr23

PHOTOS: Second day of cycling sees some smooth riding

Cyclists buzzed through Turners Falls on the second day of the Easter Collegiate Cycling Conference championships on Sunday.

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