The Slow Death of Nuclear Power ; National Spelling Bee Ends in 8-Way Tie ; and More Picks 5/31

The Slow Death of Nuclear Power (Jeff C.)

If the emotional response to HBO’s disaster miniseries Chernobyl wasn’t enough, there’s the reality of the ongoing data: Increasingly cost-effective renewables, aging existing plants, and the constant reminders of Chernobyl and Fukushima catastrophes have the world slowly turning away from nuclear.

Firm Plans to Track Carbon Emissions From Power Plants Worldwide (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “Hoping to advance another front in the fight against climate change, a Bay Area energy nonprofit plans to harness the powers of space technology and machine learning to make a trove of planet-warming emissions data publicly available. … Backed by a $1.7 million grant from Google’s philanthropic arm, [WattTime] hopes to make the information readily accessible to anyone within the next few years.”

Judge Confirms Trump Associate Gave Feds Osama bin Laden’s Number (DonkeyHotey)

From Politico: “Felix Sater, who became an FBI informant after pleading guilty in a 1998 fraud scheme, later helped drive talks for a potential Trump Tower Moscow.”

Report Criticizes Probe Into Slaying of Malta Journalist (Chris)

The author writes, “A Council of Europe report has criticized the ‘glacial’ pace of the investigation into the car bomb assassination of a leading Maltese investigative journalist and called Wednesday for an independent public inquiry into the case. Three Maltese men are believed to have triggered the powerful car bomb that killed 53-year-old Daphne Caruana Galizia on a road close to her rural home on Oct. 16, 2017. They were ordered two months later to stand trial for murder but the trial has not yet begun and they could soon be released.”

National Spelling Bee Ends in 8-Way Tie (Chris)

The author writes, “Eight spellers were better than the dictionary. They were better than anything the Scripps National Spelling Bee could throw at them. And they all ended up with a hand on the trophy. In the most extraordinary ending in the 94-year history of the competition, the bee ended in an eight-way tie on Thursday night. The eight co-champions spelled the final 47 words correctly, going through five consecutive perfect rounds.”