|Welcome to MNN's daily newsletter for Saturday, Aug. 25. For breaking news throughout the day, visit us online at the Mother Nature Network. |
Rather than achieving energy independence through a mix of renewables and fossil fuel, the Republican team is betting heavily on new oil drilling. The big problem: We don't have all that much oil. Read the story...
Lance Armstrong is just one of many to have their accolades rescinded in the name of fair play. We take a trip down memory lane. Read the story...
The cats have been extinct in Israel since the 1990s, but the zoo is working with a European breeding program to improve their numbers. Read the story...
One clever video pokes at our tendency to use smartphones for taking pictures of our food, while a restaurant offers a discount to those who leave their phones behind. Do you use your smartphone too much when you eat? Read the story...
Our editors choose their favorite stories from the past seven days including a close look at Paul Ryan's environmental record, a primer on how to know if you've been infected by the West Nile virus, and a gallery of animals that are beloved by drug lords. Plus, much more. Read the story...
Aug. 25, 1859:
Edwin Drake drills the first successful oil well near Titusville, Pa. Two days later, Drake hits a gusher
, taking the first step toward one of the most dramatic changes in human history.
Aug. 25, 1999:
After nearly three decades of protection on the U.S. Endangered Species List, the peregrine falcon
(at right) is de-listed. Its recovery is attributed to the ban on the pesticide DDT in 1972.
Aug. 25, 2005: Hurricane Katrina
makes its first landfall as a Category 1 storm in South Florida. Katrina kills at least six in the state before crossing into the Gulf of Mexico and taking aim at New Orleans.
Aug. 25, 2011:
Just days after over 100 demonstrators are arrested in front of the White House, the U.S. State Department endorses the Keystone XL pipeline
, which would carry "tar sands" oil from Alberta to refineries in Texas. Critics say tar sands oil are an environmental nightmare, chewing up Canada's boreal forests and threatening one of the world's largest freshwater supplies.