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: flenvcenter Topic: Air and Climate-Independent
Category: Climate Change :: Climate Change Science
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These changes to our food systems could improve human and planetary health 26.10.2020 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
These changes to our food systems could improve human and planetary health Oliver Camp Mon, 10/26/2020 - 01:30 On the recent World Food Day, the clarion call was clearer than ever: We must fix our food systems to improve human health, drive economic growth and save the planet from environmental collapse. The challenges facing us are wide-ranging. The way the world produces and consumes food causes huge environmental impacts, and yet 3 billion people worldwide are unable to afford a healthy diet, and up to a third of the food we produce is wasted. What’s more, hunger and micronutrient deficiencies are concentrated among the poorest and most vulnerable — often including those who produce the food we eat. Meanwhile, the so-called double burden of malnutrition is on the rise: hunger and malnourishment coexisting with overweight and obesity, often in the same countries, communities or even individuals. Tackling these multiple challenges and threats requires coordinated action from the public sector, private ...
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Europe’s wood pellet market is worsening environmental racism in the American South 21.10.2020 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Europe’s wood pellet market is worsening environmental racism in the American South Danielle Purifoy Wed, 10/21/2020 - 00:45 This story was originally published by Southerly , in partnership with Scalawag and Environmental Health News for its Powerlines series, which looks at climate change, justice, and infrastructure in the American South. The series is supported by the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University, and is part of their  POWER project .  In 2013, when Enviva Biomass opened a new plant near Belinda Joyner’s community in Northampton County, North Carolina, she already knew what to expect. As the Northeast Organizer for  Clean Water for North Carolina , she’d met with residents of a small, majority Black town called Ahoskie, 40 miles from her home. Enviva had built its  first North Carolina plant  there two years before.  The corporation, which manufactures wood pellets as a purportedly renewable alternative to coal, did what most industries do in ...
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Today’s wildfire modeling ‘just sucks’ for flames fueled by climate change 19.10.2020 High Country News Most Recent
How scientists use models to understand blazes — and where those models fall short.
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ESG investments: Exponential potential or surfing one wave? 21.9.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
ESG investments: Exponential potential or surfing one wave? Terry F. Yosie Mon, 09/21/2020 - 00:30 Amidst four concurrent crises — health, economic, race relations and climate — one stand-out 2020 development has been the rebound of major stock markets and, particularly, the growing performance and prominence of environment, social and governance (ESG) traded funds. ESG portfolios not only have outperformed traditional financial assets this year, but also a data analysis prepared by Morningstar, a financial advisory research firm, concluded that almost 60 percent of sustainable investments delivered higher returns than comparable funds over the past decade. Morningstar also found that ESG funds have greater longevity than non-ESG portfolios. About 77 percent of ESG funds that existed 10 years ago are presently available, whereas only 46 percent of traditional investment vehicles maintain that survivorship. These developments raise two overriding questions: what factors have converged to catapult ESG ...
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Startup tackles decarbonizing industrial heat processes 16.9.2020 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
Startup tackles decarbonizing industrial heat processes Myisha Majumder Wed, 09/16/2020 - 01:30 Skyven Technologies, founded in 2013, is a company with a unique proposition for companies in the industrial sector — a way to save money through decarbonizing. Skyven CEO Arun Gupta said the idea came when he applied the thinking behind his Ph.D. dissertation in microelectronics to an entirely different field: climate change. "I was able to figure out how to apply the technological concepts of the work that I was doing for Texas Instruments for a partial solution for climate change, and that inspired me to start working on is basically a technology that captures heat from the sun and uses that heat to reduce fuel consumption," he said. The component of the industry sector emissions Skyven seeks to decarbonize is process heat — such as the creation of steam — which accounts for a large component of the emissions from the industry sector. In order to manufacture products, companies in the industry sector must ...
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Extreme heat is here, and it’s deadly 1.9.2020 High Country News Most Recent
Gearing up for the fight against a new climate enemy.
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Green Tech on the Red Sea: Inside Saudi Arabia’s Innovation Machine 11.8.2020 GreenBiz.com
Green Tech on the Red Sea: Inside Saudi Arabia’s Innovation Machine How do we innovate our way out of the climate crisis? It will take boundless innovators around the world to solve humanity’s greatest challenges. And with all that innovation comes nearly limitless potential for new products, services, business models, companies and entire industries. For more than 11 years, research conducted at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), located on the Red Sea coast of Saudi Arabia, has focused on addressing challenges related to the environment, energy, water and food. Today, KAUST, the first and fully co-educational research institute in the Kingdom, is working to leverage science and technology to find solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. In this one-hour conversation, three KAUST professors will discuss some of the most promising innovations, as well as how it is partnering with companies around the world to accelerate these innovations’ development and ...
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What makes Al Gore hopeful: Tech innovation, science-based targets and the racial 'awakening' 22.7.2020 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
What makes Al Gore hopeful: Tech innovation, science-based targets and the racial 'awakening' Heather Clancy Wed, 07/22/2020 - 02:00 Who is responsible for emissions? Where did they originate? How can we be sure? A global coalition fronted by former Vice President Al Gore promises granular insights and data into those sources — down to individual power plants, ships or factories. Climate TRACE (short for Tracking Real-time Atmospheric Carbon Emissions) intends to use a massive worldwide network of satellite images, land- and sea-based sensors and advanced artificial intelligence to generate what it’s describing as the "most thorough and reliable data on emissions the world has ever seen." The long lag it takes to calculate this information today is untenable if countries and the corporate sector hope to act quickly, the group wrote  in a blog about the initiative, co-authored by Gore and Gavin McCormick, founder and executive director of coalition member WattTime. "From companies looking to select ...
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‘What choice do we have?’ 1.7.2020 High Country News Most Recent
As the Arctic warms, the Inupiat adapt.
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3 keys for scaling nature-based solutions for climate adaptation 17.6.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
This article originally was published in World Resources Institute . In Indonesia, climate change is already a pernicious threat. More than 30 million people across northern Java suffer from coastal flooding and erosion related to more severe storms and sea level rise. In some places, entire villages and more than a mile of coastline have been lost to the sea. The flooding and erosion are exacerbated by the destruction of natural mangrove forests. These forests absorb the brunt of waves’ impact, significantly reducing both the height and speed of waves reaching shore. And mature mangroves can store nearly 1,000 tons of carbon per hectare, thus mitigating climate change while also helping communities adapt. Without mangroves, 18 million more people worldwide would suffer from coastal flooding each year (an increase of 39 percent). That’s why in Demak, Java, a diverse group of residents, NGOs, universities and the Indonesian government are working together on the "Building with Nature" project to restore a ...
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How Businesses Can Overcome Barriers to Achieving Climate Goals 16.6.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
How Businesses Can Overcome Barriers to Achieving Climate Goals Join us and discover the findings of research conducted by NRG Energy and GreenBiz Group, examining key plans and actions businesses are taking to address climate change. The research represents responses from hundreds of business executives and thought leaders, revealing that many are taking the right steps to reach their goals. A range of factors, however, threatens to disrupt progress including a lack of attention to risk, developing consistent resilience and financial disclosures such as those recommended by the TCFD, and a general need for greater expertise. In this one-hour webcast, GreenBiz Vice President and Senior Analyst John Davies will lead a wide-ranging discussion, showing you how: Risk management and sustainability efforts converge as climate change disrupts businesses and challenges green goals New reporting standards gain traction with demands for greater transparency Existing standards like those of the TCFD have been ...
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Fast-growing Western cities face megadrought 8.5.2020 High Country News Most Recent
Eleven states and northern Mexico will likely experience a drought more severe than any since the 1500s.
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Crops could face double trouble from insects and a warming climate 28.4.2020 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Watch the very hungry caterpillar.
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We need a Project Drawdown for conservation 24.4.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
The organization Project Drawdown has done a great job of identifying and sharing the most viable solutions to climate change. We need to do the same thing for biodiversity.
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This is climate tech 22.4.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
The stunning array of technologies emerging to decarbonize the world and make it more habitable for flora, fauna and humans goes far beyond cleantech 2.0.
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COVID-19 could accelerate a global shift from planes to trains 21.4.2020 GreenBiz.com
UBS analysis suggests the pandemic is set to curb air travel growth 10 percent over the next decade as high-speed rail flourishes.
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Is carbon sequestration on farms actually working to fight climate change? 16.4.2020 GreenBiz.com
There's an emerging market to pay farmers to store more carbon in the soil by using improved agricultural practices. But some scientists are questioning whether these efforts will actually help slow global warming.
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Earth Day and the polling of America, 2020 13.4.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
In the future, it seems, we’re all model green citizens, at least in our minds.
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Climate, COVID-19 and the economics of decarbonizing buildings 9.4.2020 GreenBiz.com
Facilities managers and staff are scrambling to adjust buildings for vacancy indefinitely. As we look toward recovery, there will be wide-ranging impacts on the fundamental systems that enable learning, work and commerce.
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HSBC: Companies focused on climate change 'outperformed' as virus spread 6.4.2020 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Research note suggests businesses with strong ESG credentials are proving more resilient than peers to coronavirus turmoil. But there are regional differences.
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