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Biochar: A solution to climate change, soil fertility and energy production

By Gavin Portwood

September 26, 2013

Biochar has made waves in academic and agricultural circles within the past decade as a solution to climate change, soil fertility and energy production. Biochar is created from biomass through a process called pyrolysis – high te...

Annie Leonard addresses students on Earth Day

By Erin Wolosz

April 22, 2013

An Earth Day packed full of activities on campus came to a close Monday night, with a keynote address from filmmaker and environmental activist Annie Leonard. Leonard, whose film “The Story of Stuff” has reached over 20 million views and has...

UMass students protest Keystone pipeline in capital

By Patrick Hoff

February 28, 2013

Over 40,000 protesters flooded the United States capital on Feb.17 in an effort to alert President Barack Obama to the potential repercussions that approving the Keystone XL pipeline could have on the future of the country and climat...

UMass Hillel volunteers aid N.Y. Hurricane Sandy relief efforts

By Chelsie Field

February 22, 2013

Three months after Hurricane Sandy devastated regions of the Caribbean, mid-Atlantic and parts of the Northeast, relief efforts are still ongoing. Last Sunday, volunteers from the University of Massachusetts aided in these efforts first hand. “There’s more (effort needed) ...

Research team finds fishways ineffective

By Patrick Hoff

February 7, 2013

Migratory fish, including salmon, shad and river herring, are unable to pass many hydropower dams on major northeastern United States waterways, making it impossible for them to reach their spawning grounds, according to a team of e...

Men’s rugby to hold Hurricane Sandy relief fundraiser

By Collegian News Staff

November 30, 2012

The University of Massachusetts’ men’s rugby team is holding a Hurricane Sandy relief benefit to raise money for public school systems in Long Island, N.Y., according to the event’s Facebook page.  The fundraiser will...

Effects of Hurricane Sandy may hit Amherst

By Mary Reines

October 26, 2012

The effects of Hurricane Sandy are expected to impact the Amherst area Monday or Tuesday next week, according to National Weather Service meteorologist and hurricane specialist Charlie Foley. Although the storm – which could include s...

Leaves begin to change

By Katie Landeck

October 5, 2012

The University of Massachusetts campus is starting to look like a New England postcard with all the leave-color changes. Ranked 14th out of 25, Amherst is on Yankee Magazine’s list for top foliage towns in New England. The 2010 article listed the town common, the ...

Wintry mid-autumn storm sweeps Western Mass., recovery begins

By Herb Scribner

November 1, 2011

It had many of the typical features of a mid-winter storm – several inches of snow on the ground, icy roads and cold temperatures. Only it was in mid-autumn, at October’s end. The rare fall nor’easter that pummeled t...

UMass to host farmers’ markets every Friday

By Chris Shores

September 14, 2011

The University of Massachusetts Campus Center concourse, in the area directly across from the University Store, will serve as the home for a weekly farmers' market, beginning this Friday at noon. The market was established...

Connecticut River commission member to address river’s significance

By Collegian News Staff

April 26, 2011

While rivers may have once been a foundation of transport, shipping and a crossroads of people and cultures, some may take for granted their ongoing significance. But not Nathaniel Tripp, a member of the Connecticut River Joint Commission,...

UPDATE: UMass abroad students safe after Japan earthquake

By Herb Scribner

March 11, 2011

An 8.9-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Japan at 2:46 p.m. local time, and caused a tsunami to rip apart the islands. Reports from Japan suggest there have been over 100 deaths. As of 3 p.m. on March 11, the Int...