Area lawmakers sign on to carbon pricing bill
Feb11

Area lawmakers sign on to carbon pricing bill

NORTHAMPTON — More than 100 legislators, including many from western Massachusetts, are co-sponsoring a bill that would put a price on carbon. Filed in mid-January by Rep. Jennifer Benson, D-Lunenburg, the House bill has the co-sponsorship of more than half the House of Representatives, plus some senators. Many area lawmakers are in support; co-sponsors include Reps. Lindsay Sabadosa, D-Northampton, Dan Carey, D-Easthampton, Mindy...

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Columnist Marty Nathan: What the political climate in Venezuela means in the larger climate conversation
Feb07

Columnist Marty Nathan: What the political climate in Venezuela means in the larger climate conversation

The oceans are warming, and the Greenland ice sheet is melting, both occurring faster even than expected. Australia is the hottest it has ever been, and scientists worry that rare, isolated species of plants and animals may be permanently lost due to the heat crisis. The world’s greatest scientists, having pooled all available research to date and analyzed it as thoroughly as can be done, have told us that we face an emergency and...

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Guest columnist Jack Clarke: EPA, do your job!
Feb05

Guest columnist Jack Clarke: EPA, do your job!

Among the hundreds of thousands of federal employees furloughed during the record-setting partial government shutdown were those responsible for tracking pollution, safety hazards and other threats to the American people’s health, safety and welfare. The Environmental Protection Agency was missing oversight of superfund site clean-ups, along with inspections at thousands of factories, recycling plants, power plants and many other...

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Nan Clark: Bird mail
Jan31

Nan Clark: Bird mail

Only one, early on, now none. Very unusual in my large yard, dirt road, surrounding woods. Winter feeder only. Summer feeders attract bears. My feeder record started in 2001. Best variety was 23 in 2014-2015. That included the occasional Carolina wren, 1 wild turkey, and a barred owl watching hungrily from a tree branch. Deep snow that year made him hunt little birds. Also that year I had chickadees, purple finches, tufted titmice,...

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Southampton lands conservation education grant
Jan29

Southampton lands conservation education grant

SOUTHAMPTON — Landowners will be given more opportunities to learn about their options when it comes to land conservation, thanks to a state grant. The town was recently awarded $10,700 from the state Department of Conservation and Recreation to put toward a series of conservation education events geared at landowners, according to Diana Federman, a member of the Southampton Open Space Review Committee. Southampton residents have...

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Reduce, reuse … REPAIR: Local not-for-profit repair clinic helps people fix their broken items
Jan28

Reduce, reuse … REPAIR: Local not-for-profit repair clinic helps people fix their broken items

AMHERST — A fan that won’t spin, headphones that no longer play music and a lamp that doesn’t light up. Many see these items as trash, but Ben Gagnon isn’t ready to take them to the curb just yet — he’s hoping he and his team can fix them all. Gagnon started Repair Public, a volunteer-run, not-for-profit repair clinic that’s been hosting regular events throughout the Valley since 2016. People come in with a broken item and are paired...

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