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.

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User: demo Topic: Climate Change
Category: Impacts :: Ecosystems
Last updated: Dec 25 2018 21:19 IST RSS 2.0
 
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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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CU researchers link prehistoric wildfires to climate change 15.11.2020 Denver Post: News: Local
University of Colorado Boulder researchers have found that climate change spurred wildfires across much of the planet millions of years ago, with implications that human-caused climate change could have similar impacts in the future.
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Extra £40m for green spaces in England, Boris Johnson pledges 15.11.2020 BBC News - Science & Environment
Funding will support thousands of jobs, as part of a green recovery from Covid, the government says.
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US election 2020: Does climate change impact the vote? 2.11.2020 BBC: World
Two Republicans, one Democrat and one independent voter talk about climate change.
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Op-Ed: The Golden State treescape wasn't made to last 1.11.2020 LA Times: Environment

Amid the worst fire season on record, Californians have to learn to take the long view.

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Cheaper to prevent pandemics than 'cure' them 29.10.2020 BBC News - Science & Environment
Preventing pandemics could be more than 100 times cheaper than tackling their deadly effects.
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Illinois launches statewide plan to boost monarch butterfly population: ‘If enough people get on board, we can turn this thing around’ 23.10.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
In a 2014 petition to list the monarch butterfly under the Endangered Species Act, the number of monarchs was estimated at 35 million, down from 1 billion butterflies east of the Rockies less than 20 years earlier.
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Op-Ed: Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court could shred environmental protections 22.10.2020 LA Times: Opinion

It was disturbing to hear her describe climate change as 'a very contentious matter of public debate' rather than as scientifically established fact.

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Barrett Sparks Outrage With Claim That She Has No “Firm Views” on Climate Crisis 14.10.2020 Truthout.com
Critics say Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett's ostensibly neutral comment is tantamount to the denial of ...
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Great Barrier Reef has lost half of its corals since 1995 14.10.2020 BBC: Front Page
Every type of coral has declined since 1995 because of climate change, an Australian study finds.
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Covid: Why bats are not to blame, say scientists 13.10.2020 BBC: Front Page
Bats have been scapegoated by humans for centuries, with Covid only the latest example, say scientists.
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The frightening implications of California's first million-acre fire 6.10.2020 LA Times: Environment

The August Complex fire has earned 'gigafire' status, offering a terrifying glimpse into how climate change and other factors are worsening California's fire danger.

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California Housing Policy Is Making Wildfires Worse 6.10.2020 Truthout.com
California Housing Policy Is Making Wildfires Worse
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Biodiversity: Why the nature crisis matters, in five graphics 30.9.2020 BBC: Science
Human destruction of nature has led to the extinction of many plants and animals.
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Brazil judge stymies plan to revoke mangrove protection 30.9.2020 BBC: World
Environmentalists feared fragile coastal ecosystems would be destroyed by redevelopment.
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Two-fifths of plants at risk of extinction, says report 30.9.2020 BBC: Front Page
We are failing to harness the many benefits plants can provide, say scientists.
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Letters to the Editor: Homes burn because of embers, not trees. Fire policy ignores that 29.9.2020 LA Times: Opinion

State and federal policies that emphasize brush clearance in areas prone to wildfires fail to protect homes because they do not focus on embers.

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Anger as Brazil revokes mangrove protection regulations 29.9.2020 BBC: World
Environmental groups have called the move to revoke regulations that protect mangroves a "crime".
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18-Year-Old Indigenous Climate Activist Fights to Save Arctic Wildlife Refuge 22.9.2020 Truthout.com
Quannah Chasinghorse is trying to protect the wilderness that the Trump administration opened to oil drilling.
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Wild maple trees 'in serious need of conservation' 22.9.2020 BBC News - Science & Environment
One in five species of maple are threatened in their natural habitats, an extinction study says.
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