Today’s quick hits, Nov. 10, 2020

‘Substantial progress’ in Roundup lawsuits: Court-appointed mediator Kenneth Feinberg said Bayer has made “substantial progress” toward resolving tens of thousands of cases that allege its weedkiller Roundup caused cancer. (Reuters)

A McPlant sprouts on the menu board: Fast-food giant McDonald’s said it would test a plant-based burger in several markets this year as part of its “McPlant” menu offerings, which may include chicken substitutes. (CNBC)

Poultry plant injury rate falls: The illness and injury rate for the poultry industry fell to 3.2 cases per 100 workers in 2019, and for the first time was lower than the recordable injury of 3.3 for all manufacturing jobs. (National Chicken Council)

Insect control for Cape-ivy: Some 5,000 shoot tip-galling flies have been released at 18 locations along the California coast, said USDA scientists, who hope it will be a self-sustaining biocontrol against the invasive Cape-ivy, one of the 10 worst invasive weeds in the U.S. West. (Agricultural Research Service)

White House axes climate-report chief: The Trump administration removed Michael Kuperberg as director of the U.S. Global Change Research Program, which produces comprehensive reports on the risks posed by climate change, and sent him back to his previous job as an Energy Department scientist. (Washington Post)