Global warming sage pens novel of Vermont, ‘resistance’
Nov20

Global warming sage pens novel of Vermont, ‘resistance’

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont environmentalist Bill McKibben has taken a break from highlighting global warming dangers to pen what he sees as a novel of the resistance. In “Radio Free Vermont: A Fable of the Resistance,” McKibben uses some of his home state quirkiness that’s known for its craft beer, environmental protection and, more recently, its opposition to President Donald Trump to tout the importance of civic involvement. He says...

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California hit hard by Trump administration’s undoing of green policies
Nov19

California hit hard by Trump administration’s undoing of green policies

WASHINGTON — When 50,000 acre-feet of water went gushing out of the Sacramento River last month, it fast became a test of California’s ability to protect its environmental policies from an increasingly hostile Trump administration. The episode proved humbling. Heeding the calls of big agriculture interests and area congressional Republicans, the administration pumped federally controlled water to Central Valley farms despite protest...

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Getting more ‘wolflike’ is the key to the future for coyotes
Nov18

Getting more ‘wolflike’ is the key to the future for coyotes

PORTLAND, Maine — The future of the coyotes that roam forests, cities and suburbs from Newfoundland to Virginia could hinge on the animals becoming the “wolves” of the East Coast. And humans better get used to them. Coyotes have lived in the East since the 1930s, and recent genetic tests have shown they are actually a mixture of coyote, wolf and dog. That’s why Eastern coyotes tend to be bigger than their Western cousins. And they...

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Editorial: We must stand up for climate protection
Nov18

Editorial: We must stand up for climate protection

When a global problem starts in Washington, D.C., shouting from a soapbox in the Valley might seem futile. This week, three stories made us want to get up on that soapbox anyway. The first, on Monday, reported that global carbon pollution is rising this year, after three years of remaining level. Man-made carbon dioxide is the cause of more than 90 percent of global warming since 1950, according to U.S. scientists. Story two: Also...

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Valley Views: Black Swallowtail Caterpillar in Belchertown
Nov17

Valley Views: Black Swallowtail Caterpillar in Belchertown

Black Swallowtail Caterpillar Route 9, Belchertown Photograph and text by Georgette deFriesse, Belchertown I saw this beauty while walking my dogs one September afternoon. I brought the dogs home, grabbed my camera, and hurried back to capture this image. I saw the caterpillar again the following weekend on the same patch of Queen Anne’s lace, and decided not to photograph it again. During my subsequent walks in the days that...

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Bill Nye, from Science Guy to ‘Science Statesman’
Nov17

Bill Nye, from Science Guy to ‘Science Statesman’

WASHINGTON — In one corner is a roster of climate change deniers who now run key congressional committees and the Environmental Protection Agency. In the other corner is Bill Nye the Science Guy, arguably the scientific community’s biggest advocate. “I’ve got to fight this fight,” Nye says in the forthcoming documentary “Bill Nye: Science Guy,” as he hits back against a growing anti-science movement that questions evolution and...

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