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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Why investor Green Century has taken an active interest in fighting deforestation 2.12.2020 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
Why investor Green Century has taken an active interest in fighting deforestation Julie Nash Wed, 12/02/2020 - 00:15 Jessye Waxman is a shareholder advocate at Green Century Capital Management, where she uses the environmentally responsible investment firm’s leverage as a shareholder to protect forests. Ceres talked with Waxman about Green Century’s focus on deforestation and its growing importance as a driver of climate change. It comes as deforestation  — and associated greenhouse gas emissions and climate impacts — are mounting in many regions of the world. What follows is a lightly edited interview. The discussion is part of Investors Talk Deforestation, a series of interviews with influential investors and partner organizations who supported the development of the Ceres Investor Guide to Deforestation and Climate Change . The guide aims to engage investors on deforestation emissions and other related risks across their portfolios and drive more corporate action on the issue. Julie Nash: Green ...
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5 Pillars of a New Ocean Agenda 2.12.2020 WRI Stories
5 Pillars of a New Ocean Agenda Comments|Add Comment|PrintOcean-based renewable energy like offshore wind turbines can provide clean energy while generating jobs, boosting economies and providing a pathway to decarbonization. Photo by iStock.com 2020 was supposed to be a super year for the ocean. A packed calendar of international events should have presented opportunities to assess progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 14 to conserve and sustainably use ocean resources; renew... [[ 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 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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He's a Republican, a Wall Street financier, and a supporter of 'Medicare for all' 30.11.2020 LA Times: Business

Scott Minerd, Guggenheim Partners' chief investment officer, is a conservative who thinks progressive policies, modified by tax incentives, could aid a COVID-battered underclass.

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Introducing … GreenFin 21 30.11.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Introducing … GreenFin 21 Joel Makower Mon, 11/30/2020 - 02:11 The world of environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting and investing has ramped up significantly over the past couple years, even more so during 2020, when social risks and reporting became front and center for many companies and investors. Combine that with the growth of related finance products and services — sustainability-linked loans and bonds — and you can find sustainability sitting squarely on Wall Street. We call it GreenFin, our portmanteau for "green finance." It may well be the most dynamic and impactful aspect of sustainable business today. Which is why GreenBiz Group is pleased to announce GreenFin 21 , the launch of a new annual event, virtual for now, taking place April 13-14. GreenFin will join our other annual event brands — GreenBiz , Circularity and VERGE — on the sustainability conference calendar. For all the sustainability reporting that companies serve up each year, it doesn’t always represent the kinds of ...
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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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Taking stock of Chase, HSBC, and Morgan Stanley's recent climate commitments 24.11.2020 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
Taking stock of Chase, HSBC, and Morgan Stanley's recent climate commitments Whitney Mann Tue, 11/24/2020 - 00:40 Recent months have seen major moves on climate action by some of the world’s largest private banks, including JPMorgan Chase, HSBC and Morgan Stanley. What sets this latest wave of climate pledges by financial institutions apart from past announcements? Building on previous commitments that increase green investments or restrict financing to certain high-emitting activities, recent pledges add to growing evidence that banks are taking a more holistic approach to the climate emergency. Looking across their investments in different sectors and regions, more banks are considering how to reduce the carbon intensity of entire portfolios over time. After all, through their product offerings, lending activities and client engagement, financial institutions can play a key role in influencing the transformation necessary for a net-zero emissions economy. What we have given the market is an ambition ...
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Lessons from the Great Recession for COVID-19 Green Recovery 24.11.2020 WRI Stories
Lessons from the Great Recession for COVID-19 Green Recovery Comments|Add Comment|PrintGreen stimulus, such as investing in EV charging infrastructure (shown here in Oregon, United States), can help economies rebound and create jobs. Photo by Visitor7/Wikimedia Commons Governments are in uncharted territory as they respond to the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic — but that doesn’t mean they can’t learn from the past. The most recent comparison is the global financial crisis that... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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7 Ways Biden Can Fight Climate Change Without Any Help from Congress 23.11.2020 Mother Jones
When Joe Biden delivered his first speech as president-elect two weeks ago, he focused on his mandate to “marshal the forces of science and the forces of hope in the great battles of our time.” Climate change was high on that list. After another year of unprecedented climate disasters, Biden will enter office with the most […]
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San Pedro's Ports O' Call was torn down. A new waterfront is finally taking shape 22.11.2020 LA Times: Business

Two major projects at the original Port of Los Angeles are moving ahead despite the pandemic. It's part of a dramatic reshaping of the waterfront.

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US State and Local Ballot Measures Advancing the Energy Transition 18.11.2020 WRI Stories
Print United States voter showed their support for the energy transition in this year's election. Photo by Element5 Digital/Unsplash State and local governments across the U.S. are making significant progress toward sustainable energy through legislation, local policy adoption and the creation of new revenue streams to develop programs and implement projects. One way these innovative efforts are decided is at the ballot box: in many states and cities, direct voter approval advances ballot measures and initiatives. These initiatives touch on a wide variety of sectors advancing the energy transition, including renewable energy access and standards, land-use regulations that encourage walkable and compact infill development and advanced sustainable transportation solutions. These examples illustrate how local voices have the power to influence the energy transition in tangible and innovative ways. Here are some key measures and initiatives that appeared on the ballot this year: Driving Renewable Energy ...
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What a Biden presidency may mean for your money, taxes and the economy 17.11.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
Here’s what you need to know about Presdient-elect Joe Biden’s wallet-impacting policy proposals and how likely they are to pass once he’s sworn in Jan. 20.
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BMO Harris launches $5 billion program to help Black and Latino businesses and communities, with ‘significant’ investment in Chicago 11.11.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
BMO Harris launching $5 billion initiative to support minority-owned businesses
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We Asked Finance Experts to Explain Trump’s Odd Business Methods in Scotland. They Were Mystified. 3.11.2020 Mother Jones
The New York Times series based on Donald Trump’s tax returns has revealed a lot about the president’s finances, but so far it has yet to illuminate one of the biggest mysteries of Trump’s business empire: his Scottish golf courses. The clubs—one at Turnberry, located outside Glasgow, and one in Aberdeenshire, situated on a remote […]
How Stockton and California are building resilience from the ground up 2.11.2020 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
How Stockton and California are building resilience from the ground up Deonna Anderson Mon, 11/02/2020 - 00:05 California — as well as the rest of the United States and, in some cases, the rest of the world — is facing three major crises right now: the COVID-19 pandemic; the climate emergency; and racial injustice.  "We've had this shock to our system from the pandemic that has exposed these fault lines and the basic lack of resilience in our system, in our economy," Kate Gordon, director at the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, said during a keynote panel last week at the VERGE 20 conference. "A priority for us at the state is to get a handle on the pandemic because, honestly, without getting a handle on the pandemic and the current fires, we can't move forward as a state." So, how is California building resilience in both its rural and urban communities? Let’s start with a local approach. Laying the groundwork for an equitable future Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs was part of the ...
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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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Importing a Good Idea to the U.S.: Parametric Insurance and Climate-Related Risks 28.10.2020 WRI Stories
Print YMCA Mountain fire, Colorado, July 2020. Photo by Scrubhiker (USCDyer)/Flickr Communities across the United States are facing more intense and frequent extreme weather events, many exacerbated by climate change. Not all losses from these events are privately insured, and local, state and federal governments are often called upon to take up the slack. Governments also face the direct cost of repairing damaged or destroyed public infrastructure. There are limits to what governments can do to assist the under- and uninsured, particularly now, as the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic impacts leave many state and local governments under intense fiscal stress. Meanwhile, the federal government, though much better resourced, will not always be able to provide sufficient financing quickly enough. It’s time for U.S. state and local governments to consider additional tools to raise cash when disaster strikes. International experience with parametric insurance products offers some innovative options.     An ...
How Partnerships Can Turbo Charge Progress on the SDGs 27.10.2020 WRI Stories
Print Today's challenges require collaboration and action from governments, businesses and civil society organizations alike. Photo by Frederic Koberl/Unsplash In 2015, the world adopted the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end inequities such as poverty, hunger, illiteracy, energy access and gender bias by 2030. Ending these inequities is urgent: an estimated 250 million people will suffer from acute hunger by the end of 2020; more than 1.6 billion children and youth in 190 countries – the majority in low-income countries – do not have adequate educational opportunities; and women are experiencing a disproportionately higher level of job losses than men due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Against this backdrop is the ever-increasing threat to life, livelihoods and the planet from climate change. These serious and significant challenges require collaboration and collective action among governments, businesses and civil society organizations. Such transformative action is particularly ...
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It's Time to Invest in Ethiopia's Forest Sector 23.10.2020 WRI Stories
Print In Tigray, people are growing trees to restore the country’s forests. Photo by Aron Simeneh/WRI A version of this blog first appeared in The Reporter . To learn more about the economic potential of Ethiopia’s forest sector, read the new report Trees, Forests and Profits in Ethiopia . Billions of bees are hard at work in Kaffa, producing honey and beeswax for a business that employs 3,500 people. Another company in Addis Ababa harvests bamboo to build furniture, contributing $2.6 million (91 million birr) to the national economy. Together, forest products like these, grown by businesses and communities, add more than $2.6 billion (91 billion birr) to Ethiopia’s GDP. It’s clear that trees are crucial to the future of Ethiopia, but forest cover has fallen to 15.7% today from 40% two centuries ago. That devastation, though, isn’t irreversible. Local communities have grown millions of trees and bamboo clusters since the 1980s to restore their farms, forests and pasture. For decades, the yearly soil and ...
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7 Ways to Bridge the Blue Finance Gap 22.10.2020 WRI Stories
Print In addition to the economic potential, addressing the blue finance gap can help stop biodiversity loss. Photo by Hiroko Yoshii/Unsplash The ocean is a cornerstone of the global economy and a critical source of resources for the world’s growing population. It provides food, jobs and livelihoods to over three billion people, facilitates global trade and creates a home for the nearly 2.4 billion people who live in coastal areas. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, forecasts suggested that the ocean economy could provide economic growth opportunities over the coming decade, creating $3 trillion annually in gross value added by 2030. However, investment into the ocean economy is drastically low. Just 1% of the ocean economy’s total value was invested in sustainable project through philanthropy and official development assistance over the last ten years. The impacts of climate change, pollution and overfishing put mounting pressure on the ocean, its natural capital and the services it provides. To change this ...
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