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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

President Trump's latest headache comes from outdoor brands increasingly radicalized by climate change and his stewardship of public lands.

Driving the news: Trade groups representing hundreds of outdoor companies announced a new effort this week to push for policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and explore renewable energy.

  • During the government shutdown, Columbia took out full page ads to urge the government to reopen to aid public parks. 
  • Just last year, Patagonia said the company would donate $10 million to non-profit groups that work on climate and environment issues. 
  • The companies also banded together to protest Trump's plan to make big cuts to the size of two national monuments in Utah in 2017.

Why it matters: The big outdoor brands — including REI, Patagonia, Columbia and North Face — have monster social media presences and significant brand loyalty from affluent customers.

  • “These national brands have a reach that nonprofit advocates could only dream of, and they have been using that megaphone in a really effective way to remind people of this issue,” Kayje Booker of the Montana Wilderness Association told the AP.
  • “[W]hen President Trump was elected, some of the threats to our public lands became more high profile,” Outdoor Industry Association executive director Amy Roberts told the AP.

The big picture: More people in the U.S. want brands to take a stand on societal issues, especially on climate change.

  • 51% of Americans want corporations to act to influence policy on climate change, according to a report from Morning Consult.
  • But most consumers don't typically like when companies address issues pegged to Trump, even if many of his actions are what bring certain issues to the public debate.

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U.S. will give Russians written response to NATO demands, Blinken says

Blinken and Lavrov shake hands in Geneva. Photo: Russian Foreign Ministry / Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Secretary of State Antony Blinken confirmed after a meeting with his Russian counterpart on Friday that the U.S. will provide written answers to Russia's security demands next week.

Why it matters: Russia claims to be waiting for "concrete answers" to its demands that NATO rule out further expansion and roll back its presence in eastern Europe before deciding its next steps on Ukraine. But the U.S. and NATO have called those proposals "non-starters," and Friday's meeting offered no breakthroughs, so it's unclear how written answers might change the equation.

More surprises await scientists at Antarctica's "Doomsday Glacier"

Cliffs along the edge of the Thwaites Ice Shelf in West Antarctica. Photo: James Yungel/NASA

Researchers like David Holland, an atmospheric scientist at New York University, are in a race to understand the fate of a massive glacier in West Antarctica that has earned a disquieting nickname: "The Doomsday Glacier."

Why it matters: Studies show the Thwaites Glacier (its official name) could already be on an irreversible course to melt during the next several decades to centuries, freeing up enough inland ice to raise global sea levels by at least several feet.

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The case for Operation Warp Speed 2.0

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Omicron's blitz around the world has underscored the need for a new arsenal of COVID vaccines and therapeutics, experts say — and that may require an effort akin to Operation Warp Speed 2.0.

Why it matters: The virus will continue to evolve, potentially in a way that further escapes vaccine protection, and the best way to prevent more global disruptions to everyday life is to have tools ready to combat whatever comes next.