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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: Biodiversity-Independent
Category: Problems :: Deforestation
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Endangered martens are living on the edge in Oregon 18.11.2020 High Country News Most Recent
A surprisingly dense and isolated population of Humboldt martens challenges assumptions about the species.
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Trump administration chops logging restrictions in the Tongass National Forest 18.11.2020 High Country News Most Recent
But President-elect Biden could reinstate them once in office.
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Infographic: A patchwork of lands fragments wildlife migration 1.11.2020 High Country News Most Recent
New legislation helps connect private and public parcels for wildlife flow.
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Love trees? Prioritize wildfire restoration and fighting deforestation 22.10.2020 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Love trees? Prioritize wildfire restoration and fighting deforestation Heather Clancy Thu, 10/22/2020 - 02:00 Back in my former life as a tech journo, my coverage was informed by the infamous " hype cycle " phrase coined by research firm Gartner to describe the arc of emerging technology adoption from the spark of innovation to mainstream adoption. Lately, I’ve been mulling that framework a great deal in the context of a much-ballyhooed nature-based solution for removing carbon emissions: planting trees. Heck, even the climate-denier-in-chief loves the idea . Right now, we are clearly in the "peak of inflated expectations" phase of the tree-planting movement, with new declarations hitting my inbox every week. Pretty much any company with a net-zero commitment has placed tree projects at the center of its short-term strategy, often as part of declarations related to the Trillion Trees initiative.   As a verified tree-hugger, I’m encouraged. But, please, it’s time to refine the dialogue: While ...
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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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Mars claims palm oil is 'deforestation-free' after ditching hundreds of suppliers 7.10.2020 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Mars claims palm oil is 'deforestation-free' after ditching hundreds of suppliers Cecilia Keating Wed, 10/07/2020 - 00:15 U.S. confectionary, food and pet care giant Mars claims to have eliminated deforestation from its palm oil supply chain after shrinking the number of mills it works with from 1,500 to a few hundred, it announced this week. The adoption of shorter, more transparent palm oil supply chains and working exclusively with suppliers that meet specific environmental, social and ethical standards has made it easier for the company to keep track of its palm oil supply chain, which the company said is no longer contributing to the destruction of tropical forests as a result. Mars said it had reached its goal after a concerted effort to trim the number of mills it works with from 1,500 last year, and it expects to be working with less than 100 in 2021 and under 50 in 2022. The destruction of rainforests to make way for palm oil plantations is a major contributor to climate change and nature loss, ...
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The lessons of Redwood Summer, thirty years later 29.9.2020 Current Issue
A summer of protest ultimately marked a turning point in environmental activism.
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Investors say agroforestry isn’t just climate friendly — it’s profitable 10.8.2020 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Sid Brantley/U.S. National Agroforestry Center Close Authorship Traditional livestock farming, for instance, is carbon intensive. Trees are cut down for pasture, fossil fuels are used as fertilizer for feed, and that feed is transported across borders, and sometimes the world, using even more fossil fuels. Livestock raised in concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), produce more methane than cows that graze on grass. A silvopasture system, on the other hand, involves planting trees in pastures — or at least not cutting them down. Farmers rotate livestock from place to place, allowing soil to hold onto more carbon. There are similar benefits to other types of agroforestry practices. Forest farming, for instance, involves growing a variety of crops under a forest canopy — a process that can improve biodiversity and soil quality, and also support the root systems and carbon sequestration potential of farms. A changing debate Etelle Higonnet, senior campaign director at campaign group Mighty Earth, ...
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It's time to prioritize the survival of indigenous people, the world's forest stewards 2.6.2020 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
It's time to prioritize the survival of indigenous people, the world's forest stewards Carol Goodstein Tue, 06/02/2020 - 00:00 Hunting and gathering for food is taking on a whole new meaning of late. The ever-lengthening line at my local Whole Foods starts to wrap around the outside of the store before 7 a.m., as socially distanced shoppers — securely donned in gloves, masks and even plastic face shields — wait nervously to scavenge for their week’s worth of essentials along with their COVID-19 indulgences: the extra bars of Hu chocolates and Enjoy Life cookies, in my family’s case. We once thought of foraging as an activity engaged in only by our very remote ancestors and distant "primitive" people. But the spread of COVID-19 has heightened the subsistence survival instinct in all of us. In a way, we are not so dissimilar from "primitive" people in places such as the Amazon Basin as we might have thought.  And now, we’re all vulnerable to the same pandemic virus. Only with virtually no resistance, no ...
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Tribal leaders oppose online consultations with the U.S. during the pandemic 27.5.2020 High Country News Most Recent
‘It is not possible to meaningfully convene and internally develop comments at this time when we are at capacity, focused on critical and life-threatening measures.’
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How to protect nature during uncertain times 19.5.2020 High Country News Most Recent
Opportunity, not opportunism.
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Rethinking the Trillion Trees Act could help the US economy 28.4.2020 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Coronavirus has caused unemployment to skyrocket. Tree restoration could be a cost-effective way to put Americans back to work.
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Why protecting soil carbon is a win-win for farmers and the planet 2.4.2020 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
The benefits of protecting and restoring soil carbon go well beyond any one farm or any one year. But not enough people are taking these steps.
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Destroying habitats has opened a Pandora's box for new diseases to emerge 24.3.2020 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
The novel coronavirus outbreak may be just the beginning of mass pandemics.
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How GPS mapping and satellite technology help reduce deforestation 19.3.2020 GreenBiz.com
Sponsored: Technology can play a critical role in identifying risk and accelerating progress to reduce cocoa-related deforestation in Africa.
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Global soy trade drives Amazon deforestation amid human rights concerns 5.3.2020 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
Fast food giants wind up using much of the soy exported from central Brazil.
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Kellogg's bows to pressure on palm oil, deforestation 24.2.2020 GreenBiz.com
The activism was inspired by a petition created by two pre-teen sisters.
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Why Silicon Valley is taking a big interest in trees 24.2.2020 GreenBiz.com
Forest data startups such as Pachama and Silviaterra can help the biggest players in tech tackle their emissions.
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Big businesses are failing forests 17.2.2020 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
Amazon, TJ Maxx and Tyson are among well-known U.S. companies with no publicly stated deforestation strategy. Is your organization complicit?
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Conserving and restoring forests won’t be cheap and easy after all 10.2.2020 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
The corporate world has fallen for trees. But to be effective, the cost of offsetting CO2 emissions with the sequestration power of forests will have to go up. Are companies willing to pay?
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