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When misfortune strikes, local farmers unite 
11-24-2023 5:19 PM

By JACOB NELSON

In many ways, farming is an act of faith. Faith that nature will provide for a harvest, and a farmer’s faith in themselves to figure out whatever challenges arise. Some years bring bumper crops, others disappointment, but with climate change fueling...

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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...


$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...


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...


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...


Giving students ‘a seat at the table’: Youth Climate Summit hosts schools for action plans to curb crisis
11-22-2023 3:32 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

BUCKLAND — Nine Mohawk Trail Regional School eighth graders were among the more than 130 students from across western Massachusetts to attend a recent Youth Climate Summit, exploring how they can spearhead change to address the climate crisis.“I...


Farms on the front lines: Amid extreme weather, farmers rush to mitigate climate impacts, become more resilient
11-17-2023 4:42 PM

By JACOB NELSON

It’s hard to throw water on a burning house while trying to rebuild it at the same time, but that’s exactly what addressing climate change requires. Rising greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are already changing the planet. The choice is whether to...


State climate chief offers sweeping call for change
10-29-2023 7:17 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — Massachusetts needs to shift from an era of statewide planning for climate policy to the key details of implementing it, according to a new report from the state’s top climate official, which includes sweeping recommendations to accelerate...


State outlines climate threats, possible responses
10-13-2023 9:28 AM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON — Fifty years from now, Massachusetts could see as much as 42% more winter precipitation, average summertime temperatures in line with North Carolina’s current climate, and a 4.3 feet rise in sea levels along the its coast as coastal flooding...


Sunderland Public Library to host climate café
10-09-2023 3:38 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — Feeling anxious about the state of the climate and want to talk about it? The Sunderland Public Library may have the event for you.On Saturday, Oct. 14, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., the public is invited to participate in a “climate café,” where...


Deerfield seeks support for green municipal campus from state climate chief
10-02-2023 6:51 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — With the town continuing to make progress on its municipal campus plans, officials welcomed the state’s first-ever climate chief to Town Hall on Monday to discuss potential state and federal funding sources that could support the project’s...


Solar panel donation creates Greenfield’s first net-zero building
09-03-2023 2:38 PM

By MARY BYRNE

GREENFIELD — Within a few months of moving to Greenfield, William “Bill” Ashley reached out to the solar energy company on Wells Street and inquired about installing solar panels on his roof.“The property was set up for that,” he said of Green River...


Experts warn to heed lessons of previous floods, push analysis of aging infrastructure
09-01-2023 5:07 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

The Flood of 1936 caused widespread devastation in the Northeast and led to the passage of federal legislation aimed at mitigating damage caused by natural disasters. But the lawmakers who greenlighted the work would likely never have predicted that...


With swings from drought to flooding, Northeast region reeling from ‘weather whiplash’
08-04-2023 7:54 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — With 2021 marking the wettest July on record in Massachusetts, followed by a severe drought in 2022, which was then followed by this year’s weekly deluges, one might be feeling a bit of “weather whiplash.” New Englanders know their...


Floods inspire talks in Conway, Deerfield on prepping farmers for changing climate
08-02-2023 6:18 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

CONWAY — As farms around the region determine their plans going forward following unprecedented rainstorms, U.S. Sen. Ed Markey and several other state and federal partners emphasized the opportunity in this moment to prepare farmers for a changing...


My Turn: ‘Protect and restore nature’
07-31-2023 4:44 PM

By FRIENDS OF CONTE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

This summer’s epic flooding up and down the Connecticut River watershed, from the hillsides of Vermont to the low-lying farmland and neighborhoods in Massachusetts and Connecticut, is simply astonishing. Gurgling little brooks, once just a few inches...


Eight dams in Hampshire, Franklin counties at threat to fail amid bigger storms
07-26-2023 5:14 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

In July 2021, heavy rainfall caused a beaver dam to burst, leading to the collapse of a 20-foot-long portion of East Street in Belchertown and causing property damage to nearly half a dozen homes.While the beavers faced the brunt of the blame,...


Guest columnists Phil Korman, Claire Morenon, and Margaret Christie: Farms, floods, and climate change
07-24-2023 8:10 PM

By CLAIRE MORENON, MARGARET CHRISTIE and PHIL KORMAN

On July 10, heavy rains led to widespread flooding alongside small rivers and creeks throughout our region. The next day, the Connecticut River overflowed its banks to levels not seen since Hurricane Irene in 2011.This flooding event was fast in some...


Next Charlemont Forum speaker to discuss climate-related migration
07-16-2023 2:04 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

CHARLEMONT — Organizers of the Charlemont Forum are bringing discussions on climate change and resulting migration to town in this season’s second program.The Charlemont Forum will host Columbia University professor Alex de Sherbinin for his free talk...


Lawmakers weigh wood-burning for energy, heat
07-12-2023 12:17 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — Facilities that burn wood to create energy should not be eligible for credits under a state program that rewards generators of “clean heat,” advocates said last week, arguing that two bills would close loopholes in the state’s climate...


My Turn: Climate change affects everyone through water — even in Massachusetts
06-15-2023 4:31 PM

By JULIA BLATT

When we think of climate change, the first images that come to mind are of hot temperatures, melting ice caps, and greenhouse gases clogging the atmosphere. A recent report by the United Nations, however, warns that most people will actually...

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