Exxon agrees to pay millions over Yellowstone River spill

Sep 22, 2016

Exxon agrees to pay millions over Yellowstone River spill

Exxon Mobil Corp. has agreed to pay $12 million for environmental damages caused by a pipeline break that spilled 63,000 gallons (238,474 liters) of oil into Montana’s Yellowstone River and prompted a national debate over lax pipeline safety rules, officials said Wednesday. The payment ...

Obama creates America's first protected area in Atlantic

Sep 16, 2016

Obama creates America's first protected area in Atlantic

Creating the Atlantic Ocean’s first marine national monument is a needed response to dangerous climate change, oceanic dead zones and unsustainable fishing practices, President Barack Obama said Thursday. The new Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument consists of nearly 5,000 square miles of ...

Sep 15, 2016

Obama to declare new marine reserve at Oceans summit

U.S. President Barack Obama was to announce the creation of a new marine reserve on Thursday as Washington hosted a major world summit on protecting the planet’s oceans. The American leader was to address the first day of the Our Oceans meeting, where ministers ...

Sep 4, 2016

Urban park cafes and shops may get longer contracts

The government plans to scrap the 10-year cap on contracts for cafes and retail shops operating in urban parks, informed sources said. The Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry intends to revise the urban park law to grant 20- to 30-year-contracts to venders who ...

Kumamoto garden's spring-fed pond dries up

May 2, 2016

Kumamoto garden's spring-fed pond dries up

A traditional garden in Kumamoto landscaped around a spring-fed pond has mostly dried up since earthquakes started rocking Kyushu in April. The park, Suizenji Jojuen, has been closed since April 16, when the first quake that struck Kumamoto caused a large stone gateway to ...

Agreement signed for Harriet Tubman National Park in NY

Apr 24, 2016

Agreement signed for Harriet Tubman National Park in NY

A proposal to turn Harriet Tubman’s upstate New York home into a National Historical Park is moving ahead days after it was announced that the abolitionist would be featured on the $20 bill. The Citizen newspaper in Auburn, New York, reports that U.S. Attorney ...

Dec 17, 2015

U.K. allows fracking beneath national parks

British lawmakers on Wednesday voted in favor of allowing fracking under national parks, despite earlier promises of a ban. Legislators voted by 298 to 261 in favor of extending legislation to permit fracking 1,200 meters below national parks, areas of outstanding natural beauty and ...

Oct 16, 2015

Belgian tourist dies after falling into Chilean geyser

A Belgian woman who suffered burns on 80 percent of her body after falling into a boiling hot geyser last week in northern Chile died on Thursday, the Santiago hospital where she was receiving treatment said. Francoise Guillaume, 68, was visiting the El Tatio ...