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: flenvcenter Topic: Air and Climate-National
Category: Air :: Air Pollution
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Suncor refinery north of Denver faces state review of outdated permits, plans $300 million push to be “better not bigger” 29.11.2020 Headlines: All Headlines
Suncor's refinery malfunctioned 108 times over the past five years. That's an average of about one breakdown every three weeks -- visible when putrid yellow grit wafts over Denver.
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General Motors drops support for Trump in pollution fight, says it backs goals of president-elect 24.11.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
GM CEO Mary Barra said in a letter to environmental groups that the company agrees with President-elect Joe Biden’s plan to expand electric vehicle use.
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The fossil fuel industry wants you to believe it's good for people of color 23.11.2020 LA Times: Environment

The climate crisis disproportionately harms Black people, Latinos and Native Americans. But oil and gas supporters are trying to claim the moral high ground.

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The lame-duck Trump EPA is rushing to finish its health-harming agenda. Here’s what’s in danger. 20.11.2020 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
On Election Day, Americans rejected the Trump administration and its relentless assault on our health and environment. But now Trump’s EPA administrator, Andrew Wheeler, is rushing to finish a flurry of rules before Inauguration Day – rules that are a threat to the health of the American people, and rules that EDF is prepared to […]
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The fire that devastated a Sierra town created a pyrocumulus cloud. What does that mean? 20.11.2020 LA Times: Environment

Like other destructive wildfires this season, the Mountain View fire was plume-dominated. What's the science behind such clouds?

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How Europe's Wood Pellet Appetite Worsens Environmental Racism in the US South 10.11.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

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.

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Wet weather should clear the air in parts of California plagued by smoke since August 6.11.2020 LA Times: Environment

Storm is expected to provide relief for California's dusty, smoke-shrouded San Joaquin Valley

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General Iron scrap shredder pays $18,000 fine for explosion, noxious air pollution on the North Side 3.11.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
The legal settlement with Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s administration comes as General Iron Industries seeks final city approval to move from wealthy, predominantly white Lincoln Park to a low-income, mostly Latino neighborhood on the Southeast Side.
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Detroit Area Poll: Black Residents See High Potential for Job Growth in Clean Energy 29.10.2020 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Detroit Area Poll: Black Residents See High Potential for Job Growth in Clean Energy
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Colorado wildfire update: Cameron Peak, East Troublesome fires remain calm as smoke rises in some areas 28.10.2020 Denver Post: News: Local
Colorado's two biggest wildfires remain calm as snow melts in the fire areas and smoke may start rising in smoldering spots as milder, sunny weather is in the forecast through the weekend, fire officials said Wednesday.
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D.C. Circuit Sets Accelerated Briefing Schedule in Case against Trump EPA Rollback of Methane Pollution Standards 28.10.2020 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
D.C. Circuit Sets Accelerated Briefing Schedule in Case against Trump EPA Rollback of Methane Pollution Standards
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Wildfires bring unhealthiest air in the nation to Southern California 27.10.2020 LA Times: Environment

The South Coast Air Quality Management District issued smoke and windblown dust advisories across Southern California due to wildfires.

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Op-Ed: The West is choking on smoke. When will it penetrate the nation's consciousness? 27.10.2020 LA Times: Opinion

When the dust from Great Plains hit D.C. in the 1930s, the nation realized something was very wrong. Let the smoke from the Blowout of 2020 awaken us.

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Polluted Air and Water Is a Racial Justice Issue. Let’s Fight it that Way. 26.10.2020 THE CITY FIX
Around the world, communities of color and marginalized groups disproportionately feel the effects of pollution and other environmental impacts. Whether it’s residents living along the polluted Cooum River in Chennai, India; Louisiana’s petrochemical-dense Cancer Alley; Thailand’s toxic hot spot Map Ta Phut Industrial ...
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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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Letters to the Editor: We can build all-electric buildings today. Cities should require them 25.10.2020 LA Times: Opinion

Architects are already designing and building all-electric structures. Cities like Los Angeles should not wait for state mandates before acting.

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Pollution Is a Racial Justice Issue. Let’s Fight it that Way. 22.10.2020 WRI Stories
Print Nangsao Witlawan, a resident of Thailand's Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate, where pollution contaminates nearby wells with mercury and other toxins. Photo by Laura Villadiego Around the world, communities of color and marginalized groups disproportionately feel the effects of pollution and other environmental impacts. Whether it’s residents living along the polluted Cooum River in Chennai, India ; Louisiana’s petrochemical-dense Cancer Alley ; Thailand’s toxic hot spot Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate ; or children living near a battery recycling factory in Naucalpan De Juárez, Mexico , environmental racism has long exposed poor people and people of color to dangerously high levels of lead, contaminated water and bad air . These communities suffer from high incidences of related ailments, such as cancer and asthma. Many have also witnessed the desecration of cultural landmarks . A Natural Resources Defense Council report issued last year, Watered Down Justice,  found that race is the factor that bears ...
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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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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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Clean Energy Can Help Southeast Asia Recover After COVID-19 19.10.2020 WRI Stories
Print This farming couple in Thailand rents out some of their land for a wind turbine. Photo by Asian Development Bank. Prior to the devastating impacts of COVID-19, Southeast Asia was becoming an economic powerhouse. Manufacturing, industry and services expanded across the region in recent decades. Energy demand also grew an average of 6% per year, one of the fastest growth rates in the world. But despite the global decline in renewable energy prices, Southeast Asian countries have largely embraced fossil fuels to meet their growing energy needs. Close to 60% of Indonesia's electricity supply comes from its 29 gigawatt (GW) coal fleet. An additional 24.7 GW is in the works, making the country's coal pipeline the fifth largest in the world. The latest Philippine Energy Plan proposed expanding the share of coal in the energy mix from an already high 52.1% in 2018 to 55.3% by 2040 to support industrialization. The share of renewables in the Philippines' generation mix dropped to 21% in 2019, from more than ...
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