Today’s quick hits, May 19, 2022

EU shifts on biomass: A committee of the European Parliament voted to change how the EU subsidizes the burning of wood to produce electricity and how it tracks emissions from burning that wood, much of which is imported from the U.S. (New York Times)

Fishermen win massive settlement: After years of negotiations, Plains All American Pipeline has agreed to pay fishermen and property owners a whopping $230 million in damages for its Southern California oil spill in 2015. (Associated Press)

Another day, another water cut for California farmers: State officials have warned water-rights holders that they should expect further cuts this summer as California’s drought reaches emergency levels. (Ag Alert)

HPAI in 35th state: New Jersey is the 35th state where highly pathogenic avian influenza has been confirmed since outbreaks began in early February. Nearly 38 million birds in domestic flocks have died of bird flu or been culled to prevent spread of the viral disease. (USDA)

Urban-rural diet split: Urban Americans are more likely than rural residents to be satisfied with their diets and their lives overall, said a Purdue survey, which also found that the food insecurity rate is higher in rural areas than urban areas: 23 percent vs. 14 percent. (Purdue)