How climate change affects us: A local look at a global issue
Feb13

How climate change affects us: A local look at a global issue

Two major climate reports, one through the United Nations and the other through the federal government, were released last year, and local climate researchers say they have implications for western Massachusetts. In October, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report on the impacts of 1.5 Celsius of warming above pre-industrial levels, a goal set by the Paris Agreement, a global plan to address climate...

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Citizen ‘beecologists’ digging into pollinator decline mystery
Feb13

Citizen ‘beecologists’ digging into pollinator decline mystery

When Larri Cochran sees a bee in the Northampton Community Garden, she does not avoid it. Rather, she whips out her camera to snap photos and videos. Though she knows how to look at the thorax of a bee and determine whether it’s a carpenter bee or a bumblebee, she’s not a formally trained entomologist. Rather, she’s one of more than 100 citizen scientists participating in a project that aims to track bumblebee abundance and help...

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McConnell wields Green New Deal as bludgeon against Dems
Feb13

McConnell wields Green New Deal as bludgeon against Dems

  WASHINGTON — The Senate will vote on the Green New Deal, a moonshot plan by Democrats to combat climate change, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday, announcing a move designed to force Senate Democrats — including a cast of presidential candidates — into a political bind. The plan, initially championed by freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, calls for a New Deal-style mobilization to shift the U.S. economy away...

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Adia Bennet, Saraphina Forman and Willa Sippel: ‘If we give up on our climate, we give up on humanity’
Feb13

Adia Bennet, Saraphina Forman and Willa Sippel: ‘If we give up on our climate, we give up on humanity’

We’re not the first generation to know climate change, but we’re the last to be able to do something about it. We all know the horrendous effects that climate change has. Climate change is not some abstract prediction for the future; it is happening right now. And if these carbon emissions continue at this rate, things will get much, much worse. We too often deal with climate change as a one-dimensional issue, when really, this is far...

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Columnist Karen Gardner: Trusting in science means believing in climate change
Feb13

Columnist Karen Gardner: Trusting in science means believing in climate change

I’m headed north on Amtrak’s Auto Train having just left the Sunshine State for my home in Massachusetts. As I work on this month’s column, I’m feeling very grateful that I’m not in my car driving the 855 miles the train will cover before it arrives in Virginia in the morning, though there’s still another 450 to go before I reach home. This train can carry as many as 600 passengers and 300 cars, but since it’s February, we only have...

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Northampton solar policy change snags on trees
Feb12

Northampton solar policy change snags on trees

NORTHAMPTON — A proposed policy change that would free solar-power developers from a strict tree preservation requirement was pushed back for additional consideration Monday at a joint meeting of a City Council committee and the Planning Board. “This makes me feel like we need to step back and start all over,” said Lilly Lombard, who chairs the Public Shade Tree Commission. The meeting drew substantial public comment, almost all of...

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