What are we reading? May 27, 2021

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Mark Falkenberg, deputy managing editor

Persistent COVID-19 outbreaks at B.C. care-home facilities have raised questions about whether gaps in the vaccination of staff have contributed to the problem. – CTV



A U.S. park ranger on patrol in the Sierra Nevada has discovered a 10-million-year-old petrified forest, and fossilized remains of the area’s Miocene-era inhabitants, including an extinct species of camel, a four-tusked mastodon and a 200 kilogram salmon with sharp teeth. – Smithsonian



Timothy Renshaw, managing editor:

Friends syndication money machine keeps cranking out multimillions in a world with a low bar for what constitutes quality entertainment  – Yahoo Finance



HIstory pop quiz: How old was Cleopatra's first brother when she married him? Which pope ordered a purge of black cats? Who is the all-time richest person in the world? What was the loudest sound recorded in history [aside from the Ted Nugent and the Amboy Dukes December 1974 concert at Vancouver's Commodore Ballroom]? Answers to these and more courtesy of Newsweek 



New uses for old cabbage: durable building material – CNET



New uses for old or new buildings: energy storage – Anthropocene



Nelson Bennett, reporter

A prevailing climate change zeitgeist wind blew back a lot of hair in the board rooms of big oil companies on May 26. In a single day, a Dutch court sided with climate change activists and ordered Royal Dutch Shell to reduce its GHG emissions by 45% by 2030, activist shareholders managed to install two climate hawks on Exxon Mobil’s board of directors, and Chevron’s investors voted in favour of pushing the company to cut the emissions of its customers. Forbes sums up what happened, and delves into the challenge these companies face in explaining to their own shareholders the realities of what they are demanding. -- Forbes



Oman has a lot of oil, but it also has a lot of sun, which it plans to harness to become a major green hydrogen producer. Oman has ambitions of becoming the world’s first large scale green hydrogen producer with a $30 billion plan to build 25 gigawatts of wind and solar energy to produce hydrogen from water and electricity. -- The Guardian