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Feds eye flood mitigation measures in Pioneer Valley
07-24-2024 11:09 AM

By CHRIS LARABEEand ALEXA LEWIS

With Massachusetts experiencing its seventh-wettest year on record in 2023 as torrential rainstorms ravaged roads, farms and homes, the federal government, the state and those here in the Pioneer Valley are turning their eyes toward future flood...

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A blooming movement: Pollinator gardens proliferate as homeowners, others look to create ecosystems on their properties
07-05-2024 7:32 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

Morey Phippen and Brian Adams’ yard in Florence looks nothing like the traditional blanket of green grass associated with suburban lawns.Instead, bumblebees and butterflies bob and weave around her destined for the nearby foxglove, pink primrose, red...


Valley farmers spotlight agricultural drainage ditch troubles
04-04-2024 4:54 PM

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...


Rural issues on a global stage: Renowned climate justice activist Flowers gives keynote at UMass for Black History Month
03-10-2024 1:52 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

AMHERST — Before acclaimed environmental activist Catherine Coleman Flowers said one word about herself at the outset of a talk at UMass on Feb. 29, she expressed gratitude to marginalized communities across the country who trusted her to share their...


UMass profs picked for new state climate science panel
02-03-2024 10:56 AM

By EMILEE KLEIN

AMHERST — Three faculty members at the University of Massachusetts 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 scientists....


Massachusetts sees record-setting temperatures, precipitation in 2023
01-25-2024 11:08 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

A trend of warm years was further cemented 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, Valley farmers think big
01-25-2024 10:58 AM

By JACOB NELSON

“So much was just about to bloom,” recalls 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...


When misfortune strikes, local farmers unite 
01-02-2024 10:26 AM

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...


On front lines of climate change: Farmers work to mitigate their climate impacts and become more resilient
12-09-2023 1:09 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 or...


New UMass center will “braid” Indigenous know-how, Western science to tackle pressing problems
09-14-2023 11:14 AM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

AMHERST — A new center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst aims to harness both Indigenous and Western environmental science to tackle issues relating to climate change, food insecurity and archeological preservation. The center, officially...


Record warmth in January raises concerns of environmental impacts
03-02-2023 9:18 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

With last month marking the warmest January on record for Massachusetts and New England, updated data from the University of Massachusetts is also putting the region on pace for one of its warmest winters ever.The average temperature in Massachusetts...


Foresters, conservationists oppose Healey logging moratorium
02-01-2023 9:08 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

While campaigning, one of Gov. Maura Healey’s climate priorities was to place a moratorium on commercial logging on state-owned forest land, a move that foresters and environmental advocates say would be detrimental to forest health, the state’s...


Guest columnist Claire Morenon: Resolutions in the face of climate change
01-06-2023 12:05 PM

By CLAIRE MORENON

Many of us take a break from work and spend time gathering with loved ones at this time of year, providing an opportunity for reflection and contemplation alongside the merriment. As this year closes and we look ahead, we ask: What world will each of...


With climate education, Hitchcock Center looks to help children envision ideal world
01-04-2023 8:54 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

WHATELY — While winter’s warmest days remind us that our climate’s future could be bleak, the future generation reminds us that it may not have to be.Stephanie Apanell’s fourth grade class at Whately Elementary School joined forces with Amherst’s...


The conservation card: Land trusts and the forests they preserve play a crucial role in fighting climate change
01-02-2023 11:23 AM

By BOB FLAHERTY

For Sale: 200 Acres. Build to Suit. You see a lot of these enticements on the highways, and anyone with a wad of cash and a fleet of backhoes likely salivates at the sight of them.It’s estimated that 28,000 acres of New England forest each year are...

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