|Welcome to MNN's daily newsletter for Monday, July 23. For breaking news throughout the day, visit us online at the Mother Nature Network. |
Neither presidential candidate has placed much emphasis on science or environmental issues, so a coalition of U.S. scientists is taking them to task. Read the story...
As cheaters run out of drugs that authorities can't detect, 'gene doping' emerges as the next frontier at the London Games. Read the story...
These talented pups prove that our canine companions can be taught to do much more than just sit and shake. Grab a cup of morning Joe and enjoy this fun way to start the week. Read the story...
This EPA tool lets you know how clean the air is, and whether you should plan to stay indoors that day. Our columnist has the scoop. Read the story...
Deemed fit for parched pashas and thirsty laborers, there's a lot more to drinking tea than dunking teabags in hot water. This summer try expanding your horizons with these five tea-inspired infusions with a plant that changed the world. Read the story...
THIS DAY IN HISTORY:
July 23, 1981:
After two decades of legal battles, Consolidated Edison, New York City's electric utility formally abandons plans
to build a "pump-storage" facility at Storm King Mountain (at right, in 2009) north of the city. The project would have carved away the face of the scenic mountain, drawn water from the Hudson River, and released that water to turn electricity-generating turbines.
July 23, 1982:
The International Whaling Commission
votes to ban commercial whaling by 1986. Exceptions are made for subsistence hunts by native communities. Japan, Norway, and Iceland have continued whaling on a much-reduced scale, citing a loophole allowing for killing whales for "scientific research" purposes.
July 23, 2010:
A Dutch court finds Trafigura, an oil trading company, guilty of illegally dumping toxic waste
in the Ivory Coast. In 2006, ten people died and 70,000 were made ill by waste dumping in the West African nation.