Quick hits, October 10, 2019

No progress on trade war (South China Morning Post): Chinese Vice Premier Liu He may limit trade negotiations with the Trump administration to one day, instead of the scheduled two, after working-level talks made no progress and the United States announced new sanctions against Chinese companies and government officials.

Toasty September for U.S. (NOAA): Americans sweltered last month, which tied with 2015 for the second-hottest September on record in the contiguous 48 states. The average temperature of 68.5 degrees Fahrenheit was 3.8 degrees higher than the 20th century average for the month.

Antibiotic resistance in marine mammals (High Country News): Half of 38 seals and porpoises sampled by researchers in the Salish Sea in the Pacific Northwest carried antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and 12 had bacteria resistant to at least two antibiotics, say researchers.

On patrol for diseased pigs (Wall Street Journal): South Korean soldiers are under orders to shoot or capture wild hogs that cross the border with North Korea in case they carry the virus that causes the highly contagious and deadly African swine fever, believed to be widespread in the North and confirmed on 13 farms in the South.

Farming and women’s health (Harvest Public Media): Although women play an active role in more than half of U.S. farming operations, in a physically demanding occupation that carries the risk of zoonotic disease and pesticide exposure, fewer than half of rural hospitals offer reproductive care.