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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These Rare Seeds Escaped Syria’s War and Now Are Helping to Feed the World 23.11.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in Wired and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. In 2014, the remaining staff of the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas, or ICARDA, fled their beloved gene bank in Tel Hadia, 20 miles south of Aleppo. Syria’s civil war, which had broken out three years […]
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Herb gardening for kids. Wreath making. Here are 7 events for SoCal plant lovers 20.11.2020 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

Plant and garden lovers, here are some activities ready to take root in you. Just be sure to check before you go to make sure nothing's changed, and wear a mask.

The SoCal Garden Calendar: Lots of virtual plant events and one up-close in person 29.10.2020 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

Garden-related events in Southern California for the week starting Oct. 23

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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Review: 'Scuse me while I 'Kiss the Ground': How soil might be Earth's climate change savior 25.9.2020 LA Times: Environment

The documentary "Kiss the Ground," narrated by Woody Harrelson, makes the case that by regenerating the Earth's soils, we can balance the climate and save the world.

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She was afraid of growing food — until the pandemic pushed her to do it 23.9.2020 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

Jamie Williams turned a tiny strip of dirt outside her apartment into an edible garden. You can tour it online during the LA Design Festival.

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Mojave Desert fire destroys the heart of a beloved Joshua tree forest 6.9.2020 LA Times: Environment

Wildfire burns one of the world's largest Joshua tree forests.

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The wilds of one Lake Ontario bay reveal how coastal habitats suffer from a changing climate and human choices 1.9.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Throughout the Great Lakes basin, about 70% of wetlands have vanished, and coastal areas in particular have lost 50% of their wetlands, mainly because of urban development and agriculture.
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Skunks Are Surprisingly Important in Chicago’s History 9.8.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in Atlas Obscura and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. In September of 1833, bands of Potawatomi, Ojibwe, Odawa, and other Anishinaabe and Algonquin peoples gathered in a small fur-trapping town called Chicago, where a shimmering prairie met a vast inland sea. After weeks of coercion, they signed the […]
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Big Beef: You May Not Recognize the Name. But This Bad Actor’s Meat Is Sold Everywhere—Except by Your Local Grass-Fed Farmer or Rancher. 1.8.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines
You’ve never seen this company’s name on a package of ground beef or steak. That’s because the world’s largest beef producer, JBS, doesn’t sell beef under its own name.  But U.S. consumers buy millions of pounds of JBS beef every year, under brand names like Cedar River Farms, Swift Black Angus, 5 Star Reserve and others, in stores like Costco, Walmart and Kroger, to name a few. Consumers also unknowingly support JBS when they buy burgers at fast food chains like McDonald’s and Burger King, and at other restaurants supplied by the meat giant.  JBS isupplies Sysco, the world’s largest food distributor, which distributes to hundreds of  restaurants, hospitals and nursing homes, schools and hotels. Sysco, in turn, wholesales JBS meat and other food products to Aramark and Sodexo, food distribution companies that in turn supply institutions like schools, hospitals, government agencies, prisons and more. JBS is big. In fact it’s the biggest of the world’s Big Meat companies. JBS also has some big ...
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California Botanic Garden is a feast for all our senses — including tasty ice cream! 10.7.2020 LA Times: Environment

California Botanic Garden is the new name for the state's largest garden of native plants. Its virtual events let you sample the many ways native plants can be incorporated into our daily lives.

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Once-in-a-lifetime bloom expected this month for Colorado agave plant 6.7.2020 Headlines: All Headlines
A 16-year mission undertaken by one Berthoud agave plant will soon come to an end, as the high-desert succulent blooms extravagantly before withering and dying.
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Federal approval of oil well at Carrizo Plain National Monument sparks outrage 18.6.2020 LA Times: Environment

The Federal Bureau of Land Management has approved oil drilling in Carrizo Plain National Monument, sparking outrage among conservationists.

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Why the private sector needs to invest in conservation agriculture right now 6.6.2020 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
Why the private sector needs to invest in conservation agriculture right now William Ginn Sat, 06/06/2020 - 02:00 This is an excerpt from " Valuing Nature " by William J. Ginn. Copyright 2020 William J. Ginn. Reproduced here with permission from Island Press, Washington, D.C.  Resistance to change is universal. For example, despite more than 30 years of good science and best practices that support conservation agriculture in the United States, less than 5 percent of U.S. soy, wheat, and corn farmers use cover crops, and only 25 percent have adopted crop rotation and conservation tillage practices, even though the country is losing more than 10 billion tons of soil each year as well as more than $50 billion in social and environmental benefits. One challenge is the increasing percentage of farms owned by investors who lease land year to year to the highest bidder, which gives farmers little incentive to invest in conservation practices that might take years to be fully realized. Nevertheless, [The Nature ...
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An unexpected ripple effect of COVID-19: Important work to restore parts of Cook County forest preserves is put on hold 24.4.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Woodland restoration work in a forest preserve near Orland Park and similar work elsewhere across Cook County is halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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California poppy bloom tempts visitors to break coronavirus stay-at-home order 23.4.2020 LA Times: Health

A bloom of California poppies springs up in the Antelope Valley,enticing visitors stuck at home. But the live cam is your best bet, officials say.

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ESA announces 2020 Award Recipients and 2019 Student Awards 16.4.2020 EcoTone
The Ecological Society of America (ESA) will present the 2020 awards recognizing outstanding contributions to ecology in new discoveries, teaching, sustainability, diversity, and lifelong commitment to the profession during the Society’s Annual Meeting August 2-7.  ESA is weighing whether to hold an in person meeting in Salt Lake City that includes a virtual option or ...
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Scientists say Joshua trees may warrant listing as a threatened species 14.4.2020 LA Times: Environment

The California Fish and Game Commission will decide in June whether to declare the tree a candidate for listing.

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Get inspired by gorgeous gardens at these 2020 spring garden tours 11.3.2020 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

Stroll and get inspired at 2020 Southern California garden tours.

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ESA Selects 2020 Katherine S. McCarter Graduate Student Policy Award Recipients 2.3.2020 EcoTone
The Ecological Society of America (ESA) is honored to announce this year’s Katherine S. McCarter Graduate Student Policy Award (GSPA) recipients. This award provides graduate students with the opportunity to receive policy and communication training in Washington, D.C. before they meet lawmakers. ESA selected twelve students to receive the award: Tiffany L. Betras (University of ...
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