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Healey wants $1 billion each for life sciences, climate tech
03-01-2024 10:58 AM

By ALISON KUZNITZ

Filling in some blanks on her economic development plans, Gov. Maura Healey said Thursday she wants to reauthorize the life sciences initiative at $1 billion for the next decade, and launch a separate $1 billion, 10-year climate tech initiative that...

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Climate expert to speak at All Souls Church in Greenfield
04-04-2024 12:58 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — William Moomaw is accustomed to giving lectures on the effects of climate change, but not from the pulpit of a place of worship.That is set to change on Sunday morning, when the retired Tufts University professor will visit Greenfield to...


Firefighters prep to meet ‘unique challenge’ as electrical vehicles gain popularity
03-29-2024 4:23 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

Take a drive down Routes 5 and 10 and count the number of electric or hybrid vehicles you see. Compare those numbers to what you saw two years, five years or 10 years ago and you’re likely looking at a significant increase.Data from the Massachusetts...


Pioneer Valley farmers spotlight agricultural drainage ditch troubles
03-27-2024 8:38 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — During a summer in which area farms dealt with significant rainfall and flooded fields, keeping agricultural drainage ditches cleared became essential to protecting crops by ensuring excess water could be removed.Often, though, farmers found...


State gripped by solar slowdown: Worst year in decade for installations
03-18-2024 5:35 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

Massachusetts’ solar development just had its worst year in more than a decade in terms of new installations, but Greenfield Solar partner Claire Chang says her firm that does jobs throughout the Pioneer Valley hasn’t experienced the same downturn.As...


Public comment sought on responsible clean energy development
03-13-2024 6:26 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

Residents have until Friday to submit their input regarding the process by which clean energy projects are permitted in Massachusetts.An online survey is soliciting public comment on how the state should protect health, safety and community livability...


$50K grant will fund geothermal heat study in South Deerfield
03-07-2024 5:38 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — With the help of a $50,000 grant, the town will explore the feasibility of a geothermal heating and cooling system for the proposed town campus project.Over the next year, Deerfield will explore the possibility of using the earth below...


Climate justice activist Flowers gives keynote at UMass for Black History Month
03-01-2024 6:25 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

AMHERST — Before acclaimed environmental activist Catherine Coleman Flowers said one word about herself at the outset of a talk at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Thursday night, she expressed gratitude to marginalized communities across...


Management role: Forestry experts explain efforts to bolster forest health, climate resilience
02-22-2024 12:09 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

With the state dealing with catastrophic consequences of climate change, the debate around forest management continues to make headlines as Massachusetts policymakers discuss the best way to maximize carbon sequestration in forests.Trees and other...


Local artist seeks building facades to share pro-environmental message
02-16-2024 5:00 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — A local artist hopes some Main Street building owners are willing to donate or rent their facades to exhibit a climate crisis tribute to Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg.Joseph “JJ” White has crafted a 17½-foot-wide,...


A case for ditching natural gas: Mothers Out Front aims to send message to legislators, utilities
02-07-2024 5:21 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

The influential lobby group Mothers Out Front took aim at the natural gas industry this week, using its monthly climate action call to encourage people to push for a future without gas.Each month, the statewide group with local chapters in the Pioneer...


Balancing solar with farms and forestland: Experts tout middle way in picking sites
01-26-2024 4:46 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

AMHERST — As debate continues over how best to develop solar throughout the state to help meet an ambitious net-zero emissions goal, representatives from Mass Audubon and Harvard Forest are touting a recently completed report that details how solar...


Three UMass professors picked for state’s Climate Science Advisory Panel
01-21-2024 12:28 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

AMHERST — Three faculty members at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are joining the state’s new Climate Science Advisory Panel, a group of 21 experts who will attempt to bridge the communication and knowledge gap between policymakers and...


MEMA chief: Weather delivering more ‘gap disasters’
01-15-2024 10:28 AM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

BOSTON — The climate crisis is fueling a steady growth in the intensity and frequency of extreme weather, and Massachusetts cities and towns face an increasingly common conundrum trying to respond to those crises.Many of the disasters that have hit...


Massachusetts sees record-setting temperatures, precipitation in 2023
01-14-2024 10:01 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

A trend of warm years further cemented itself in 2023, as Massachusetts experienced, on average, its warmest year on record, according to new data from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.The average temperature around Massachusetts for the year...


Heat pumps slow to gain traction: Complexity, questions dog adoption of key factor in net-zero goal
01-07-2024 1:14 PM

By JAIMEE FRANCIS

Heat pumps, which use electricity rather than directly burning fossil fuel, are a key piece of Massachusetts’ goal of reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. But the state has hit only 1% of its installation target, in large part because...


EarthTalk: Direct air capture: Secret sauce to climate fight?
12-31-2023 10:01 AM

E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: How feasible is so-called Direct Air Capture as a tool in mitigating runaway climate change? — James Hawthorne, Tampa, FloridaThe United Nations has emphasized limiting global temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels...


Learning from the floods: To prepare for an unpredictable future, Pioneer Valley farmers think big
12-22-2023 11:32 AM

By JACOB NELSON

“So much was just about to bloom,” said Suna Turgay of Flowerwork Farm in Northampton. “And then the flooding came.”Warmer, wetter and less predictable weather are all on the rise in New England as our climate changes. The idea of normal is constantly...


Clean energy lobby says it’s ‘get serious’ time; state not on track to meet 2030 goals
12-21-2023 6:03 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

BOSTON — Massachusetts will fail to hit a major emissions reduction requirement in 2030 unless Beacon Hill passes significant legislation to accelerate progress, leaders of a top advocacy group warned this week.As plans begin to take shape for the...


Slow-moving disaster looms: UMass experts contribute to cryosphere report on display at COP28
12-12-2023 3:41 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

AMHERST — Ice once both founded and hindered research for glacial geologist Julie Brigham-Grette.As a graduate student working off the coast of Alaska four decades ago, loose sea ice would accumulate onto the shores of Brigham-Grette’s campsite and...


A farming intervention: State plan confronts threat of development, barriers to access, viability in face of climate change
12-11-2023 4:02 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

For farms across western Massachusetts, the effects of climate change were tangible this growing season.At Red Fire Farm with property in Montague and Granby, co-owner Sarah Voiland said that after the May frost event, the farm’s full harvest on...

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