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Workers at a Pittsfield waste-to-energy facility risked breathing in smoke containing arsenic, cadmium and lead, the federal government says, a finding that confirms other accounts of hazards at the bankrupt plant.
PITTSFIELD — Jane Winn grew up in Pittsfield in a house that bordered a less than clean Housatonic River when General Electric was in its heyd…
Asked how it will help meet Massachusetts climate goals, Berkshire Gas said natural gas will have a key role. “All scenarios taken together ... envision an important role for natural gas in the energy transition,” it said. Others beg to differ.
A warmer and wetter climate will mean more severe storms, less snow and worse heat waves in Berkshire County. Changes may alter the forest ecosystems that not only provide clean air and water but bring tourists.
The Berkshire Environmental Action Team has purchased a former church in Pittsfield that will serve as the 19-year-old group's first real headquarters.
Climate activists called for Berkshire Gas to move from fossil fuels to clean heating sources. After protesters arrived at the company’s Cheshire Road headquarters, Berkshire Gas called the police.
Activists are asking Massachusetts to up its climate efforts to 100 percent. The 100 percent Clean Act would add deadlines for completely removing fossil fuels from the state’s electricity, transportation and heating.
Scrolling through such gloomy projections can lead people to a sense of “climate despair.” But, local organizers say there is a lot that can be done.
Burning wood for energy emits more carbon dioxide than fossil fuels. But, while the state has proposed new regulations to protect 90 percent of Massachusetts municipalities from new wood-burning facilities, 35 towns — seven in the Berkshires — remain eligible for new facilities.
PITTSFIELD — Air pollution might not come up often in conversations between medical doctors and patients. Yet, doctors say that pollutants, in…