Bernardston’s vulnerability preparedness process wrapping up with Thursday meeting
Jan12

Bernardston’s vulnerability preparedness process wrapping up with Thursday meeting

BERNARDSTON — To finalize the eligibility requirements necessary to be certified as a Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) community, Bernardston is holding a community listening session Thursday at 6:30 p.m.Planning Board member John Lepore said the purpose of the hour-long, virtual meeting will be twofold.“We need community member input on additional climate change challenges, and to further refine the results from the list...

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With Williamstown, Conway explores feasibility of carbon market program
Jan07

With Williamstown, Conway explores feasibility of carbon market program

CONWAY — The town is partnering with another Western Massachusetts community to explore the feasibility of entering into the carbon market, an opportunity that would help to mitigate the effects of global warming while also offering financial benefits to owners of forestland. “We’re beginning to look at entering into an agreement with Williamstown to create a program where owners of forestland could get paid for having and...

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Local legislators hail state climate bill for raising bar
Jan06

Local legislators hail state climate bill for raising bar

State lawmakers have passed an ambitious climate bill that codifies the statewide greenhouse gas limit for 2050 at “net zero” emissions, enacts a schedule for raising the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard and puts environmental justice into state law, among many other provisions.“It makes solid advances in the fight against climate change,” said state Sen. Jo Comerford, D-Northampton.The bill mandates that the state establish...

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Key W.D. Cowls forestland protected in $3.3M deal
Jan05

Key W.D. Cowls forestland protected in $3.3M deal

Nine years after completing the largest contiguous private land conservation arrangement in the state’s history, additional W.D. Cowls forestland totaling 2,038 acres, between North Amherst and the Quabbin Reservoir, is being permanently protected.Last week, state officials announced the creation of the Walter Cowls Jones Working Forest, which supplements the 3,486-acre Paul C. Jones Working Forest and will serve to protect water...

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Negotiators reach deal on major climate bill
Jan04

Negotiators reach deal on major climate bill

BOSTON – After six months of private talks, legislative negotiators on Sunday afternoon reached an agreement on a major bill to accelerate the state’s pace toward addressing the global problem of climate change.The bill (S 2995) would establish in state law a “net zero” greenhouse gas emissions limit for 2050 and establish statewide emissions limits every five years over the next three decades. Within that plan, the bill creates...

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A plastic conscience: Project aims to eliminate political sign waste
Jan01

A plastic conscience: Project aims to eliminate political sign waste

SHUTESBURY — Plastic-coated political signs are designed to withstand the natural elements during campaign season, their durability making them ideal for placement on lawns and along the street.As many end up in the waste stream, though, a Shutesbury artist is trying to remind the public of the dangers posed by a throwaway culture and promoting reuse as being the most environmentally responsible thing to do with them.“We’re doing what...

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