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Two invaders marked for state’s prohibited plant list
08-29-2023 5:26 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

State agriculture officials are moving to prohibit the importation, sale and trade of two plants thought to be invasive to Massachusetts, including one that “is well-known for having nasty-smelling flowers.”The Department of Agricultural Resources is...


Energy Committee chairman details utility savings in Orange
08-25-2023 5:21 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — The town is looking at $264,000 in utility savings thanks to a net-metering contract with the community solar field in Warren, according to the Orange Energy Committee’s chairman.Henry Oertel went before the Selectboard last week to give his...


Rich Earth Institute hosts remote talk on expanding ‘peecycling’ in Franklin County
08-04-2023 1:11 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

The Rich Earth Institute hopes you’ll stop wasting your waste.The research and education center in Brattleboro, Vermont, hosted the first of two sessions dubbed “Peecycling in the Valley: Community Conversations for Franklin County, MA” on Thursday to...


Laurie Woodward Garcia: Mosquitos worsened by climate change
08-01-2023 3:39 PM

The article [“They’re like ‘vampires’: Heavy rains, warm temperatures cause mosquito excess,” Recorder ,July 31], offers an essential reminder of why mosquito control is necessary to help reduce the spread of mosquito-borne diseases. But the article...


Shutesbury hit with violation notice over water release at Lake Wyola
08-01-2023 1:26 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

SHUTESBURY — A significant drop in the level of Lake Wyola in mid-July, apparently caused by the intentional release of water through the dam, is prompting the Conservation Commission to issue the town a violation notice under the Massachusetts...


FRCOG awarded $500K to assess contaminated sites
07-27-2023 2:46 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — The Franklin Regional Council of Governments has received a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to assess brownfield sites across the county.The money will enable FRCOG to hire a professional engineering firm to...


Public advised to avoid rivers following sewage discharges in Greenfield, Montague
07-17-2023 5:34 PM

By MARY BYRNE and JULIAN MENDOZA

For the third time in just over a week, heavy rains led to the discharge of untreated sewage and waste mixed with stormwater at locations in Greenfield and Montague that have impacted parts of three Franklin County rivers and made swimming unsafe.In...


Deep sea mining permits may be coming soon: What are they and what might happen?
07-08-2023 10:53 PM

By VICTORIA MILKO

JAKARTA, Indonesia — The International Seabed Authority – the United Nations body that regulates the world’s ocean floor – is preparing to resume negotiations that could open the international seabed for mining, including for materials critical for...


Report: Massachusetts has ample solar power potential
07-07-2023 11:39 AM

By MICHAEL P. NORTON

BOSTON — Massachusetts has more than enough solar energy potential to support the decarbonization requirements enshrined in state laws, according to a report officials released Thursday.The Department of Energy Resources report found the state’s land...


Indigenous rep added to Woodlands Partnership of Northwest Massachusetts board
07-02-2023 4:09 PM

The board of the Woodlands Partnership of Northwest Massachusetts is expanding its membership to include Indigenous representation.Following a unanimous vote taken during the board’s June meeting, the Ohketeau Cultural Center of Ashfield, a...


PFAS bill could impose bans
06-23-2023 4:38 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON — Following years of a piecemeal approach to PFAS contamination and more than a year after a task force unanimously recommended 30 steps to deal with the problem, environmental groups, consumer advocates, firefighters and the Attorney General’s...


State formalizing forestry role in emissions fight
06-07-2023 3:53 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

The Healey administration moved Wednesday to draft the state’s forests into the effort to address climate change, announcing a new initiative to invest in conservation, develop updated guidelines for state lands, and provide incentives for landowners...


The Mill at Shelburne Falls participates in No Mow May to support pollinator health
05-26-2023 6:21 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

SHELBURNE FALLS — Many have let their lawns go wild this month in observance of the growing movement called “No Mow May.” While participating lawns are often private yards, The Mill at Shelburne Falls also decided to participate. Building owner Brad...


Speaking of Nature: Parenthood and the midnight raiders — Raccoon breeding season
05-07-2023 11:08 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

Three or four times last week I noticed an enormous raccoon on my deck in the moments just before dawn. This was clearly a raccoon that was scrounging for any scraps left over from the meal that I had set out for the birds the evening before and I...


EarthTalk: A new generation of inspiring environmental documentaries 
05-07-2023 10:55 PM

By GRACE LYONS

Dear EarthTalk: I am looking for more stuff I can binge watch on my TV. Any environmental documentaries you’d recommend? — Couch Potato, via email The power of film is in its capacity to transport viewers to places we might not have been able to go...


Speaking of Nature: A spa day for the hens
05-01-2023 7:14 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

It was Wednesday afternoon of last week and I had just returned home from a long day at work. I spent most of the drive home pondering the topic of this week’s column and reflecting on just how tired and worn out I felt. By the time I pulled down my...


EarthTalk: TikTok environmental — Sustainability social media stars are born
04-29-2023 10:15 PM

Dear EarthTalk: How are environmental advocates using TikTok to raise awareness and gather support for their causes? — B.K., Seattle, WASocial media has become a powerful tool for environmental activists to raise awareness and advocate for change, and...


Local river watchdogs receive state grants for water-quality monitoring, salaries
04-27-2023 7:56 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE and DOMENIC POLI

Local river watchdogs will have additional tools at their disposal through a state grant intended to provide water-quality monitoring equipment for the Deerfield and Connecticut rivers.The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has...


State’s new climate chief meets with local activists, announces new Youth Climate Council
04-25-2023 4:49 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — A day after announcing the creation of a new state Youth Climate Council during a visit to Mass Audubon’s Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton on Sunday, the state’s new climate chief met with activists from across western...


My Turn: Too little, too late — what FirstLight won’t be doing for the next 10 years
04-24-2023 1:25 PM

By KELSEY WENTLING

While a lot can happen in 10 years, FirstLight is proposing to do very little in the next decade under their recently submitted Flows and Fish Passage Settlement Agreement.Ten years from now, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)...

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