Leaf blowers flagged as polluters, possible health threat
Sep20

Leaf blowers flagged as polluters, possible health threat

Five years after starting his first job with a landscaping crew in the suburbs of Seattle, Fredi Dubon decided he had enough and quit. The workdays were long, sometimes 12 hours, but a bigger problem was having to inhale exhaust from his gas-powered leaf blower. The fumes tended to be harshest in the cool mornings or when he ran his machine in the narrow yards of condo buildings. Eventually Dubon, an immigrant from El Salvador, said...

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Report: New England losing 65 acres of forestland per day
Sep20

Report: New England losing 65 acres of forestland per day

BOSTON — New England has been losing forestland to development at a rate of 65 acres per day — a loss that comes at a time when public funding for preservation of open land, both state and federal, has also been on the decline in all six states. That’s the conclusion of a report released Tuesday by the Harvard Forest, a research institute of Harvard University. The study found public funding for land conservation in New England...

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Turn up the heat: Chilifest in Sunderland caps off summer
Sep18

Turn up the heat: Chilifest in Sunderland caps off summer

SUNDERLAND — Clear sinuses and spicy peppers were abound at this weekend’s Chilifest at Mike’s Maze. About 2,000 attended the festival over the weekend, which celebrates locally grown peppers, hot sauce and spicy cuisine. The event, which is in its sixth year, is hosted by Kitchen Garden Farm of Sunderland. Caroline Pam, co-owner of farm, said the event started as a way to create a bigger market for the peppers and turned into...

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Mayoral assistant seeks to attract solar projects to Greenfield
Sep17

Mayoral assistant seeks to attract solar projects to Greenfield

GREENFIELD — Discussion is brewing on a plan aimed to attract the possibility of new solar projects. John Lunt, assistant to the mayor for special projects, recently came before the town’s Economic Development Committee to request lifting a current 10-acre cap on large-scale solar arrays in the Planned and General Industrial districts. He said several companies have approached the town over the last few months to discuss the...

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NMH purchasing renewable energy credits
Sep16

NMH purchasing renewable energy credits

GILL — Looking to increase its use of green energy and to significantly reduce emissions, Northfield Mount Hermon School has entered into three-year electricity and renewable energy credit contracts. According to NMH, the purchase of renewable energy credits will take effect in December, supporting the production of power from sources like wind turbines. By doing so, the school’s net release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, for...

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Environmentalists find Instragram an effective forum
Sep15

Environmentalists find Instragram an effective forum

Dear EarthTalk: How are environmentalists using Instagram to further their causes? — Jason McNeil, Akron, Ohio Instagram, the photo-based social network which Facebook bought in 2012 for a cool $1 billion, continues to rack up new users, doubling its base to 700 million monthly active users over the last two years. Environmental groups, activists and photographers have realized that they can get their messages out more effectively by...

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