May 18, 2013


Michael Phelps Planning a Comeback?

Denies reports on Twitter

Michael Phelps is pushing back against a report that he'll return to competitive swimming in time for the 2016 Rio Olympics. An NBC affiliate in Fort Myers, Florida, reported Friday that Phelps was considering a comeback. While not naming any sources, the story was posted by Peter Busch, the son of Frank Busch, director of the U.S. national swim team.

Phelps went to Twitter to downplay the news. "Why do I keep getting texts about coming back?" he wrote. "Do (people) really believe everything they hear or read? There are (too) many (people) in the world that think they have a `story.'"

Last weekend, Ryan Lochte hinted that Phelps would return to swimming, considering that many in the sport remain competitive well into their 30s. "I can't really talk about it," Lochte told the Associated Press, while grinning during a Grand Prix meet in Charlotte, N.C. "Who knows?"



Travis Tygart: UCI Has Failed to Confront Doping

"We have seen nothing."

U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart lashed out against the UCI at a meeting of European Union sports officals, saying the body has failed to take "decisive action" against doping since the Lance Armstrong and US Postal scandal.

“We have seen nothing. It has been over seven months since our report and their declaration that they needed to take decisive action,” he told the Associated Press. “So, of course, we are frustrated.”

Tygart pointed to the UCI's decision to disband an independent commission formed to examine the agency's role in the Armstrong case and the recent Spanish ruling to destroy blood bags linked to Operacion Puerto as setbacks in the battle against drug use.


Drought strikes corn and wheat products across the US.     Photo: Out.of.Focus/Flickr

STUDY: Drought to Impact Major Cities

Demand to outstrip supply by 40 percent

Washington, D.C., New York City, Los Angeles, and San Diego may be facing severe water shortages as climate change increase drought potential, a newly released study finds.

The Columbia University Water Center notes that population growth and increased future demand for water combined with climate change may severely stress the current water infrastructure.

“Projecting current trends, if you continue business as usual without any innovation, eventually you're going to get to a point where you're not going to have enough water to cover population demands,” Veolia Water Chief Sustainability Officer Edwin Pinero told Bloomberg News.

The report follows a Ernst & Young sustainability study in which 76 percent of corporate representatives chose water as a top resource risk. Over the next 17 years, global demand for freshwater is expected to outstrip supply by 40 percent while companies in northern India and China are already shutting down due to a lack of water in the region.