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Jay Inslee announced he’s joining a crowded Democratic primary field already brimming with candidates, but the Washington governor is hoping he can stick out by centering his campaign on just one issue: climate change. The past four years have been the hottest on record, and without quick and major changes to the economy, there could be major environmental upheaval that could leave hundreds of millions of people without food or water. In one poll, nearly half of Democrats said climate change was their top priority, so Inslee is hoping to tap into that sense of alarm about the changing globe to beat out his many opponents. Though it’s early in the race, Inslee has a steep challenge ahead of him: He has close to no name recognition nationally and is lagging in the polls.
+ A new study suggests that, even as the planet heats up, it might not feel that way for Americans, since people can acclimate to the warmer weather.
A SpaceX launch scheduled for early Saturday will be the first time the Elon Musk-helmed company is sending up a spacecraft intended to transport humans. (An actual person won’t be on board this time, but rather a sensor-laden mannequin named Ripley.) If the mission goes well, astronauts could be headed to space in SpaceX spacecraft as early as July. No astronaut has gone to space on U.S. soil since the space-shuttle program was put on hiatus in 2011. Currently, American astronauts can only get to space through a launchpad in the middle of the Kazakh desert, which costs the U.S. both millions of dollars—and prestige. If Saturday’s launch is successful, it could spark a new era in human spaceflight where the commercial sector, not NASA, plays the leading role.