Renewables Growth Is Stalling ; The Last of the Great American Hobos ; and More Picks 5/14

IEA: Renewables Growth is Stalling (Jeff C.)

For the first time since 2001, renewable energy deployment was flat from 2017 to 2018, according to the International Energy Agency. That’s a real problem for the goal of reaching targets for 2030 as laid out in the Paris Climate Agreement.

CO2 Levels in Earth’s Atmosphere Exceed 415 PPM for the First Time in Human History (Mili)

From Mic: “The CO2 in the atmosphere has now reached a whopping 415.26 parts per million, according to data from the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii.”

Monsanto Hit With Staggering $2B Verdict in Roundup Cancer Suit (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “An Oakland jury awarded a staggering $2 billion-plus in damages Monday to a Bay Area couple who both came down with cancer after spraying Monsanto Co.’s widely used Roundup weed killer on their properties for more than 30 years. It’s the third such verdict against Monsanto, all in Bay Area lawsuits, and by far the largest judgment against the company.”

The Media’s Being Too Kind to John Bolton (Celia)

From Lobe Log: “The Trump administration’s claims about this supposed Iranian threat has been repeated by credulous reporters and TV news programs far and wide. And after all, that was the goal. Bolton and Co. knew the media would take the bait for a few days (war and conflict sell after all) and that, by the time the truth about what they were up to was eventually uncovered, the narrative about dire and nefarious Iranian threats … would, [as] in the saying often mistakenly attributed to Winston Churchill or Mark Twain, have ‘travel[ed] halfway around the world while the truth was still putting on its shoes.’”

The Last of the Great American Hobos (Chris)

From the Smithsonian: “Hop a train to Iowa, where proud vagabonds gather every summer to crown the king and queen of the rails.”

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