On December 31 2020, the newsrack service will be shut down permanently.

It has been a nice long run from the Sarai days in 2004 to being hosted on its own domain around 2006. Beside maintenance, there has been no real active development on the code or the features since early 2008. Since 2015, even all that maintenance was pretty bare bones. A lot of news sources no longer provide reliable RSS feeds and since mid 2018, there were growing issues with the service and I only kept it alive to assist a handful of users.

So, it is time to shut this down. The internet world in 2020 is vastly differently from 2003 when I first conceptualized this service. Thanks for using this all these years.

If you need to access any data, email me: subbu at newsrack.in

 
User: demo Topic: Climate Change
Category: Impacts :: Agriculture
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Climate change: 2020 set to be one of the three warmest years on record 2.12.2020 BBC: Science
Provisional figures indicate that 2020 will be one of the hottest in a record dating back to 1850.
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Singapore approves lab-grown 'chicken' meat 2.12.2020 BBC: Technology
The city state is the world's first country to approve Eat Just's "breakthrough" chicken nuggets.
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A Netflix Doc Wants to Fix Our Food System With Capitalism. “Gather” Argues That’s How It Broke. 25.11.2020 Mother Jones
Early on in Gather, a new documentary about Native Americans searching for food sovereignty, we follow Nephi Craig on a tour of a former gas station on the White Mountain Apache Nation in eastern Arizona. Craig, a White Mountain Apache/Navajo chef, points to an empty refrigerated case once stocked with energy drinks and packaged snacks. […]
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These Rare Seeds Escaped Syria’s War and Now Are Helping to Feed the World 23.11.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in Wired and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. In 2014, the remaining staff of the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas, or ICARDA, fled their beloved gene bank in Tel Hadia, 20 miles south of Aleppo. Syria’s civil war, which had broken out three years […]
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Benefits of Cap and Trade Often Elude Communities Hit Hard by Air Pollution 22.11.2020 Truthout.com
Benefits of Cap and Trade Often Elude Communities Hit Hard by Air Pollution
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Lake Michigan is known for its sandy shores. But surging water levels have left officials scrambling for new ways to protect them. 20.11.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Rising temperatures, precipitation and human development across the Great Lakes basin have changed Lake Michigan, affecting millions along its coast.
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As Biden Names Advisers, Climate Activists Push Back on Fossil Fuel Influence 19.11.2020 Truthout.com
The Biden transition’s picks and agency review teams so far are a mixed bag when it comes to climate ...
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COP26: Frustrated by delay, young activists stage virtual Mock COP 19.11.2020 BBC: Science
Young climate activists call for urgent action at Mock COP as Covid delays UN climate talks.
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PM's climate vision: 10 steps forward, 10 steps back? 18.11.2020 BBC News - Science & Environment
The long-awaited emissions plan leave some policies untouched, says the BBC's Environment Analyst.
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UK climate plan: what do the terms mean? 18.11.2020 BBC: Front Page
Ahead of a UK plan to reach "net zero", we guide you through some of the key terms in climate change.
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What Biden’s Pick for USDA Chief Will Reveal About How He Intends to Govern 17.11.2020 Mother Jones
As the Biden-Harris transition pushes forward, even without cooperation from the defeated incumbent, speculation is swirling over future leadership of the US Department of Agriculture, which executes food and farm policy. Sonny Perdue, the USDA secretary under President Donald Trump, made headlines during his tenure for showering cash on large-scale commodity farmers—disproportionately in his home […]
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Factory Farms Are Poisoning Rural Communities. Will Biden Take on This Crisis? 15.11.2020 Truthout.com
Public health researchers say Biden must take action to protect the rural communities overrun by factory ...
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Editorial: Biden's presidency will face Republican obstruction, but he can still bring science back to Washington 13.11.2020 LA Times: Opinion

There's one area where Biden could unravel a lot of Trump administration damage fairly quickly and easily: Biden can bring respect for science back to Washington.

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Fact-checking the US and China on climate and environment 13.11.2020 BBC News - Science & Environment
We fact-check US and Chinese claims about CO2 emissions, plastic waste and illegal timber.
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Climate change: Protecting the rainforest through your shopping basket 11.11.2020 BBC: Science
Green groups welcome the UK's plan to outlaw the import of food and other goods from protected areas.
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Climate change: Why the UK's carbon-free future will need rules 8.11.2020 BBC: Front Page
Tackling climate change will need action right across society and the economy - with a host of new incentives.
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Cuilcagh Mountain: Coconut logs form dams to fight climate change 6.11.2020 BBC: Front Page
The logs flown in by helicopter will be used to build dams on Cuilcagh Mountain.
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This election is depressing. But Georgia gives me hope 6.11.2020 LA Times: Opinion

"I feel like the American empire is going to end in my lifetime," my friend told me. He voted for Biden but was dismayed that so many chose Trump.

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Could Scotland ever be 'the Saudi Arabia of renewables'? 2.11.2020 BBC News - Science & Environment
Not for the first time, politicians highlight Scotland's potential to generate renewable energy.
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Climate change: China's forest carbon uptake 'underestimated' 28.10.2020 BBC: Front Page
Scientists put new numbers of Chinese trees' ability to pull carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
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