Articles about people and animals interacting with their natural and built environments.

Sustainability, astrobiology illuminate future of life in the Universe and civilization on Earth


Two astrophysicists argue that questions about the future of life on Earth and beyond may soon be resolvable scientifically, thanks to new data about the Earth and about other planets in our galaxy.

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Are Polar Bears Stressing Out About Climate Change? Check Their Hair


A laboratory at the University of Massachusetts is generating new evidence of the effects of rising temperatures on this threatened species.

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UMass Architecture Students Design Community Center for Local Native American Tribe


Architecture students at the University of Massachusetts design a community center for Native Americans with strong ties to a plot of land in central Massachusetts.

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Fracking for Natural Gas in Western Mass? Probably Not Anytime Soon, Says UMass Geologist and Amherst Attorney

A 2012 report suggested there may be some untapped natural gas resources underneath the Pioneer Valley. The finding has communities concerned that it could invite the controversial hydraulic fracturing into their backyard.

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