Recent earthquakes swarms in Yellowstone National Park and continued eruptions of Steamboat Geyser are proof that the park still is seismically active, though a new study suggests that the "hotspot" that fuels Yellowstone's geothermal fury has been in a "significant decline" for quite some time.

In May the famous geyser erupted five times, while nearly 300 earthquakes centered in the park registered on seismometers. The largest quake had a magnitude of 3.1 and was centered about 5 miles west of Norris Junction.

Kenya implemented one of the strictest bans on plastic bags in the world in 2017 and now it has banned single-use plastics in protected areas.

Kenya has banned the use of single-use plastic as the world is celebrating the international environment day. The decision to ban single-use plastic in Kenya was taken in 2017, but the directive was legislated on June 5, 2019, by the Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife, through Gazette that stated the ban to take effect from June 4, 2020. The latest development comes three years after Kenya implemented one of the strictest bans on plastic bags in the world. Kenya had banned the use of plastic bags in the country in 2017 and since then it has attained over 80% success in enforcement.

Criticism was mounting Friday ahead of President Trump's trip to Maine, where he was expected to ease some of the protections for the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Monument, a biologically robust area located about 100 miles southeast of Cape Cod National Seashore that became the Atlantic Ocean's first national monument when established by President Obama in 2016.

According to the NOAA Fisheries, the nearly 5,000 square-mile monument "includes two distinct areas, one that covers three canyons and one that covers four seamounts. These undersea canyons and seamounts contain fragile and largely pristine deep marine ecosystems and rich biodiversity, including important deep sea corals, endangered whales and sea turtles, other marine mammals and numerous fish species."

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