Today’s quick hits, May 15, 2019

Another blow to Bayer (Wall Street Journal): A jury awarded an elderly couple $2 billion in their litigation against Monsanto. The couple alleged that years of applying the weedkiller Roundup had caused them both to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Delivery wars continue (CNBC): Walmart is rolling out next-day delivery in an effort to compete with Amazon. The company says it will deliver overnight to 75 percent of customers by the end of 2019.

Soda tax slashes sugary beverage sales in Philadelphia ( The city’s 1.5 cent-an-ounce tax on soda and sweetened beverages led to an overall 38 percent reduction in soda sales in Philadelphia, according to research published a week before primary elections where Mayor Jim Kenney faces two Democratic challengers who oppose the levy.

Beetles vs. grizzlies (InsideClimate News): Pine beetles are destroying the forests of Yellowstone National Park and prompting grizzly bears to roam out of the park, where almost 250 of them have been killed in the past four years as a threat to people or livestock.

Fishery consolidation brings vulnerability (SeafoodSource): There are fewer commercial fishermen in Alaska than three decades ago and they are specializing more and more on what they catch, leaving them more vulnerable to environmental, political and economic pressures.