Champion Freediver Goes Missing

Molchanova set 41 world records and claimed 23 world champion titles after switching from competitive swimming to freediving in her 40s.     Photo: “Molchanova” by Antropomant/Wikimedia Commons

Champion Freediver Goes Missing

Natalia Molchanova did not emerge from dive near Spain

Champion freediver Natalia Molchanova is missing after failing to surface from a dive on Sunday in the Balearic Sea, near Spain, according to the New York Times

Molchanova set 41 world records and claimed 23 world champion titles after switching from competitive swimming to freediving in her 40s. Her record for diving without fins is about 233 feet, set last May.

The 53-year-old Russian did not emerge after a recreational dive to about 115 feet. The Coast Guard, private boats, and a helicopter were deployed when she failed to surface. On Tuesday, the search was expanded to include underwater robots.

“She was a freediving superstar, and we all thought nothing could harm her,” Kimmo Lahtinen, president of the global federation for freediving, the Association Internationale pour le Développement de l’Apnée, told the New York Times. “But, you know, we are playing with the ocean, and when you play with the ocean you know who is the strongest one.”

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New Record Set for Treadmill Running

“It’s so much easier to be outside,” Staley told Yahoo News. “I don’t know why you would run on a treadmill.”     Photo: Jeff Blackler/Flickr

New Record Set for Treadmill Running

Non-pro runs 81.62 miles in 12 hours

David Staley, a resident of the Denver area, set a new world record for the greatest distance run on a treadmill in 12 hours, according to Yahoo Health. Covering 81.62 miles at the University of Denver’s Ritchie Center last Saturday, Staley beat the previous 12-hour record, set last year by his friend Denis Mikhaylov. He outran Mikhaylov by 1.09 miles.

Staley’s supporters kept him entertained during his run by holding stationary bike challenges and dance parties for him to watch. The 30-year-old said boredom wasn’t a problem because there was always something to focus on.

Though he now holds the Guinness World Record for a half day of running on a treadmill, Staley still prefers the trails and open roads. “It’s so much easier to be outside,” he told Yahoo News. “I don’t know why you would run on a treadmill.”

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White House Unveils Carbon Plan

The Clean Power Plan, which establishes the first-ever national standards to limit carbon pollution from power plants, aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent, from 2005 levels, by 2030.     Photo: Tom Lohdan / Flickr

White House Unveils Carbon Plan

Carbon pollution standards for power plants

The Obama administration released a climate change plan on Sunday to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and encourage development of renewable energy, according to a White House press release. The Clean Power Plan, which establishes the first-ever national standards to limit carbon pollution from power plants, aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent, from 2005 levels, by 2030. 

Under the plan, states will be required to develop and implement plans tailored to meet carbon emission standards. The Clean Power Plan also includes an incentive program to encourage states to invest in early deployment of renewable energy.

“We’re the first generation to feel the impact of climate change and the last generation that can do something about it,” Obama said in a press conference on Monday.

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U.S. Airlines Ban Hunting Trophies

The first to announce the change in policy was Delta Air Lines, which specifically banned lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros trophies.     Photo: allen watkin / Flickr

U.S. Airlines Ban Hunting Trophies

Delta, American Airlines, and United

On Monday, three major U.S. airlines announced they would no longer allow the shipment of several types of big-game hunting trophies, according to the AP. The first to announce the change in policy was Delta Air Lines, which specifically banned lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros trophies. Shortly after, United Airlines and American Airlines announced similar policies. 

The decisions come in the wake of outrage over the shooting of Cecil the lion by an American hunter in Zimbabwe. 

It is unclear how many of these shipments were made prior to the ban, though United said its records indicated no trophy shipments, and Delta released a statement saying that it engaged in “absolute compliance with all government regulations regarding protected species.”

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