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This week, meet Boston University environmental scientist Nathan Phillips, whose recent hunger strike against the construction of a compressor station illustrates the conflict many scientists are struggling with between being neutral observers and activists. At the polls, New Hampshire primary voters kept climate near the top of their concerns while selecting their preferred candidates for the Democratic nomination. The first-in-the-nation primary was in a state where the impacts of climate change have already begun, from tidal surges to a plunging moose population.

Plus, don’t miss ICN’s debut edition of the Inside Clean Energy newsletter. Dan Gearino talks to energy experts about staying positive in a world full of negative climate change news, and takes a closer look at the net-zero emissions pledges from BP and Dominion.

Crossing the Line: A Scientist’s Road From Neutrality to Activism
BY: PHIL MCKENNA
Nathan Phillips, who just ended a 14-day hunger strike, said he was compelled to action by dissatisfaction with academia’s passivity and the fervor of his students.
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Inside Clean Energy: The Case for Optimism
BY: DAN GEARINO
I spend just about every day talking to the researchers, entrepreneurs and advocates behind the transition to clean energy. Their enthusiasm, plus the evidence of their progress, makes me feel like I'm covering the story of our lifetimes.
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An Obscure Issue Four Years Ago, Climate Emerged as a Top Concern in New Hampshire
BY: MARIANNE LAVELLE
Sanders and Buttigieg aggressively touted plans to combat climate change, but even more motivating for voters: Trump’s fossil fuel agenda.
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In Wildfire’s Wake, Another Threat: Drinking Water Contamination
BY: NEELA BANERJEE
From bacterial infiltration to debris to leaching of man-made pollutants like plastics and chemicals, the aftereffects of fire can be long-lasting and expensive.
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Trump May Approve Strip Mining on Tennessee’s Protected Cumberland Plateau
BY: JAMES BRUGGERS, INSIDECLIMATE NEWS, AND TYLER WHETSTONE, KNOXVILLE NEWS SENTINEL
The Obama administration designated 75,000 acres “unsuitable” for coal mining at the state’s behest four years ago. Now, Trump officials may be making an exception. Read More
Cross-State Air Pollution Causes Significant Premature Deaths in the U.S.
BY: NEELA BANERJEEE
Midwestern states are the biggest exporters of air pollution, while Northeastern states are the leading importers. Read More
Billions of Acres of Cropland Lie Within a New Frontier. So Do 100 Years of Carbon Emissions
BY: GEORGINA GUSTIN
Crops grown on this land could feed a growing population. But if these soils are plowed, they could unleash as much carbon as the U.S. emits in more than a century. Read More
Is Trump’s USDA Ready to Address Climate Change? There are Hopeful Signs.
BY: GEORGINA GUSTIN
Though critics are dubious, in a new 5-year plan the agency addresses weather disasters that have battered American farms and specifically mentions climate change. Read More
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Could the Flight Shaming Movement Take Off in the U.S.? JetBlue Thinks So.
BY: KRISTOFFER TIGUE
The airline is the first American carrier planning to purchase “offsets” for carbon emissions from all domestic flights, a move some activists denounce as a stunt.
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TODAY'S CLIMATE


Plant A Trillion Trees: U.S. Republicans Offer Fossil Fuel-Friendly Climate Fix
(Reuters)

Australian Fires Declared 'Contained' After Devastating Season
(The Hill)

BP Sets Bold Agenda for Big Oil With Plan to Eliminate CO2
(Bloomberg)

Global CO2 Emissions from Power Generation Flattened in 2019, IEA Says
(Reuters)

Deepwater Horizon Spill Larger Than Previously Believed, Study Finds
(The Hill)
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