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-National
Category: Climate Change :: Climate Change Impacts
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Why Electric Utilities Must Engage in Climate Resilience Planning 3.12.2020 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
(This post was co-authored by EDF’s Sarah Ladin and Romany Webb of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School) As the owners and operators of immense infrastructure, electric utilities are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Many electric utilities are already struggling to respond to higher temperatures, changing rain […]
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East African Climate Groups Help Fight the COVID-19 Crisis 3.12.2020 WRI Stories
East African Climate Groups Help Fight the COVID-19 Crisis Comments|Add Comment|PrintClimate organizations like Il’laramatak Community Concerns in Kenya are stepping up to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Agnes Leina The prevailing lockdowns and travel bans of the COVID-19 pandemic offer a critical lesson in international development: investing in local institutions is crucial to building resilience to crises. When international aid organizations evacuated their staff at the beginning... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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5 Keys to a Climate-resilient Recovery After COVID-19 3.12.2020 THE CITY FIX
The climate change crisis continues to create unprecedented risk for humanity. Extreme weather threatens food security, increases poverty and inequality and contributes to the spread of disease. Now, also faced with the economic fallout from COVID-19, billions of people are struggling to ...
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Warmer world in 2020 busted weather records and hurt people, UN reports 2.12.2020 Denver Post: News: Local
An overheating world obliterated weather records in 2020, creating an extreme year for hurricanes, wildfires, heat waves, floods, droughts and ice melt, the United Nations’ weather agency reported Wednesday.
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5 Keys to a Climate-resilient Recovery After COVID-19 2.12.2020 WRI Stories
5 Keys to a Climate-resilient Recovery After COVID-19 Comments|Add Comment|PrintExtreme weather events — such as this flood in Ninh Binh, Vietnam — pose massive threats to humanity. Climate resiliency can help manage these threats. Photo by Constant Loubier/Unsplash The climate change crisis continues to create unprecedented risk for humanity. Extreme weather threatens food security, increases poverty and inequality and contributes to the spread of disease. Now, also faced with the economic... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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The Case for Climate Reparations 28.11.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. When it comes to dealing with floods, droughts, heat waves, or other adversities that our lively planet throws at us, one classic solution for humanity has always been to simply pick up and leave. Mobility […]
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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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Urban Sanitation Is a Climate and Economic Issue Too 19.11.2020 THE CITY FIX
Along the Ngong River in Mukuru, one of Nairobi’s slum neighborhoods and home to more than 100,000 people, residents face a dual threat when the rains come. First, the river rises, flooding into streets and houses. Then the water reaches ...
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Policy News: November 9, 2020 9.11.2020 EcoTone
In This Issue: Join an ESA Webinar Today about the 2020 Election Results Join the Public Affairs Office at 3:00pm eastern for a discussion of the implications for scientific and environmental policy. Vice President Joe Biden Wins Presidential Election Democrats retain majority in the House of Representatives, Senate races in Georgia go to runoffs. ESA ...
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Bill McKibben reflects on brand advocacy, the final frontier of climate leadership 3.11.2020 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Bill McKibben reflects on brand advocacy, the final frontier of climate leadership Mike Hower Tue, 11/03/2020 - 01:30 Four years ago today, many corporate sustainability professionals — regardless of political leanings — stood shocked as they watched Donald Trump clinch the presidency in one of the biggest upsets in American presidential history. Many of us feared for the future of climate action, and pretty much every other social and environmental issue. We were right to worry — things are, to be blunt, looking pretty terrible from a federal climate policy perspective. The Trump administration has abandoned all semblance of U.S. leadership on the climate crisis during the very years when we needed to be taking the most decisive actions to curb emissions. It axed the Clean Power Plan, gutted the National Environmental Policy Act, weakened the role of scientific evidence in environmental policy and withdrew the United States from the historic Paris Agreement — a decision that takes effect Nov. 4 — among ...
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Protecting Your Coffee from Climate Change: 3 Early Lessons in Costa Rica 28.10.2020 WRI Stories
Leer este blog en español Your daily cup of coffee, and the 25 million smallholder farmers who produce all the cups of coffee like it, are in danger. Why? Without adaptation measures, experts predict that by 2050 climate change will reduce by half the areas of the world suitable for coffee cultivation. Yet, despite the threats of rising temperatures, irregular rainfall, and coffee pests and diseases, putting climate adaptation measures into action can change this reality for some regions, protecting vulnerable farmers. New WRI research explores how people along the coffee supply chain can strengthen key advantages already present in one vibrant coffee growing region in Costa Rica. Coffee farming communities in Costa Rica face many of the same climate and profitability challenges as farmers in other major coffee-producing countries like Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Vietnam, Indonesia, Ethiopia and Uganda. In many of these countries, the coffee industry will require fundamental changes to ...
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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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As Colorado wildfires burn, fears that climate change is causing “multi-level emergency” mount 25.10.2020 Denver Post: Local
The record-breaking forest fires burning in Colorado even as winter sets in are the latest sign climate change is hitting the West hard, causing scientists to up their rhetoric and warn it is past time to move beyond planning and start aggressively acting.
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Restoring Farmland Could Drastically Slow Extinctions, Fight Climate Change 17.10.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

The twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss are intertwined: Storms and wildfires are worsening while as many as one million species are at risk of extinction. The solutions are not small or easy, but they exist, scientists say.

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What Farmers Need to Survive a Changing Climate: Transformative Adaptation 16.10.2020 WRI Stories
Print Growing millet in India. Photo by CGIAR Climate In India, as in many countries where agriculture is key, farmers are facing serious challenges from climate change. New climatic conditions are undermining the livelihoods of millions of farmers in India, raising doubts about whether farmers can continue to grow the same crops they are currently producing.  Small changes won’t do. These farmers need new options, information and technology to help them transform how they farm to survive in a changing climate. This kind of transformation is being powered by enhanced climate services – defined as systems to develop and provide climate information to help farmers make more climate-informed decisions - and improved crop research and development, aiding Indian farmers as they begin to shift from water-intensive crops like maize to drought- and heat-tolerant varieties of millet, a traditional crop that had dropped out of favor in recent decades. The transformation began with data: 40 years of weather and ...
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Applying Climate Services to Transformative Adaptation in Agriculture 16.10.2020 WRI Stories
Applying Climate Services to Transformative Adaptation in Agriculture
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New Mexico’s opportunity to deliver on its bold climate goals 14.10.2020 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
In southeastern New Mexico, farmers saw temperatures that averaged seven degrees above normal in July. In Santa Fe, a wildfire charred five square miles on the outskirts of town and darkened skies for weeks. And currently, nearly three-fourths of the state is experiencing severe drought, as state officials grapple with plans to ensure critical water […]
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Op-Ed: The new line of attack on climate science in the age of megafires 14.10.2020 LA Times: Opinion

Some conservatives are shifting from outright climate change denial to making the equally false argument that it's not possible to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

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What Regenerative Farming Can Do for the Climate 7.10.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Tropical Storm Isaias downed power lines and trees across the greater New York City area in early August, snapping limbs from the ancient oaks that ring Patty Gentry’s small Long Island farm. Dead branches were still dangling a month later. But rows of mustard greens were unfurling nearby, and a thicket of green vines reached toward the sun, dotted with tangy orange bulbs.

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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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