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Welcome to the week!

We’ve gotten a lot of feedback that there is a strong interest in more international (that is, less US-focused) news stories and action steps.

We hear you, and one of our goals for 2024 is to actively work on including content that is more relevant outside of the US and globally where we can.

We have a lot more to come on this, but for now, we will use this emoji:🌍️ next to news stories and action steps that aren’t US-specific so you can scan for that content if you choose!

Now to the news.

This week:

  • 🤒 Measles outbreaks

  • 🚚 Phasing out diesel trucks

  • 🍬 Understanding processed foods

  • 📧 Microsoft’s cybersecurity breach

  • And more

Have a great week,

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🦠 Health & Bio:

⚡️ Climate change:

  • The development of new LNG terminals has been paused by Biden. Woohoo! What does that mean about the climate movement politically?

  • Dozens of communities are campaigning to replace their investor-owned, for-profit utility companies with publicly owned ones. Is making the switch worth it?

  • 🌏️ The EU has made a deal on a “near phaseout” of diesel trucks by 2040. It’s not perfect, but when every 10th of a degree counts, it’s a good start

  • State transportation agencies are receiving billions in federal funding, but most are still focusing on road expansion instead of addressing climate change

💦 Food & Water:

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What is ocean acidification?

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