A plan to assemble as much as 3.5 million acres of private and public land—about a million acres larger than Yellowstone National Park—for a free-roaming bison reservation has some Montana locals fuming, Bloomberg News reports.
The organization behind the land-grab, Prairie Reserve has attracted $60 million from wealthy Wall Street and Silicon Valley financiers. The promise to investors: A chance to get on the ground floor of a potential national park. After assembling the land, t... Read More
Chilean authorities have fined the world's largest gold minion company $16 million for environmental offenses and suspended operations at an $8.5 billion mining project on the border with Argentina. It is the largest fine possible under Chilean law.
Environmental activist and authorities claimed the mine, by Barrick Gold, failed to put in place a water treatment system to contain contaminated waste water and to prevent rainwater contamination from entering the Estecho river.
"We don't know h... Read More
Italian cyclist Danilo Di Luca, who is currently racing at the Giro d'Italia, has been suspended and fired by his team after testing positive for EPO in an out-of-competition test administered ahead of the race. Di Luca, who won the event in 2007, has a long history of doping and was unwelcome at the 2013 Giro by many in the press.
Di Luca's known doping history dates back to 2007. His test samples from the 2007 Giro were classified as suspicious, but he was granted a last-minute reprieve by... Read More
A four-lane section of Washington’s Interstate highway 5 bridge fell into the Skagit River Thursday night, sending cars and people hurtling into the water. Officials believe that the collapse may have been caused by an oversized load that “immediately” caused the bridge to give out.
While no fatalities have been reported, a spokeswoman for Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon said that two patients taken from the accident were being treated for injuries. A third was taken ... Read More
A new law that would legalize fracking in Germany could risk destroying something much more important than the environment: The world's supply of German beer. According to a statement from the country's Brauer-Bund beer association, chemicals left over from fracking could pollute the underground wells that supply more than half of Germany's breweries with water.
"You cannot be sure that the water won't be polluted by chemicals," said a Brauer-Bund spokesman, "so we have urged the government t... Read More