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: Economics and Jobs-National
Category: Sustainable Business :: Eco-Tourism
Last updated: Nov 17 2018 22:46 IST RSS 2.0
 
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He Was About to Get His Green Card. The Travel Ban Stranded Him in Iran. 29.10.2020 Mother Jones
Following his campaign promise to bar Muslims from entering the country, President Trump enacted a travel ban one week after his inauguration. The policy was blocked in court, as was a second version. But in 2018, the Supreme Court upheld a third ban that restricts travel and immigration from six countries, including Iran. In theory, […]
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A telework transition won't slash emissions unless we make car-free lifestyles viable 20.10.2020 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
A telework transition won't slash emissions unless we make car-free lifestyles viable Hannah Budnitz Tue, 10/20/2020 - 00:02 Even before the pandemic, the proportion of people working from home was slowly but steadily increasing. But COVID-19 has put the practice into hyperdrive. Down from an April peak of about 47 percent in the United Kingdom, recent reports suggest that 20 percent of those in employment still work exclusively from home, with many more continuing to do so at least some of the time. The benefits of reduced office costs — and the realization that staff are actually fairly productive at home — has led to many big tech firms encouraging their employees to keep working from home, perhaps indefinitely. Up to 90 percentof those who have worked from home during the pandemic are reportedly converts to "telecommuting," preferring to continue remote working at least some of the time. These are only some of the bigger signs that many workers may be giving up the real commute for good, while others ...
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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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Using the Ocean As a Tool for Global Economic Recovery 16.9.2020 WRI Stories
Using the Ocean As a Tool for Global Economic Recovery Comments|Add Comment|PrintCoastal communities, which heavily rely on the ocean economy, are among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Nilantha Ilanguamuwa/Flickr The ocean economy, which contributes upwards of $1.5 trillion in value added to the global economy, was particularly hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, with a projected loss of $1.9 billion for international shipping carriers alone. Coastal communities were hardest... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Transport and Inequality: Why Disparities in Access Matter in Cities 10.8.2020 THE CITY FIX
They marched for human rights, for health care and education, but they came for the metro system, burning and damaging more than 86 stations across the city. Massive protests in Santiago last October forced the government to agree to rewrite ...
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Transport and Inequality: Why Disparities in Access Matters in Cities 10.8.2020 THE CITY FIX
They marched for human rights, for health care and education, but they came for the metro system, burning and damaging more than 86 stations across the city. Massive protests in Santiago last October forced the government to agree to rewrite ...
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Without the Ocean, National Accounts Are Incomplete 22.7.2020 WRI Stories
Without the Ocean, National Accounts Are Incomplete Comments|Add Comment|PrintSeaweed harvest in Japan. Photo by Sodai Gomi/Flickr All countries maintain accounts that tell a story about their economy. The most well-known feature of these national accounts is Gross Domestic Product or GDP, a single number that summarizes the size of an economy represented by the total value of certain goods and services produced, usually each quarter or year. However, GDP leaves out important details when it... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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4 Investments to Secure Ocean Health and Wealth 14.7.2020 WRI Stories
4 Investments to Secure Ocean Health and Wealth Comments|Add Comment|PrintSustainable, ocean-based investments can yield a number of benefits for economies, communities, businesses and households. Photo by Knut Troim/Unsplash Ocean-based industries are worth at least 3.5% of global GDP, a value the OECD predicted will double by 2030. More than 3 billion people rely on the ocean for their livelihoods and more than 350 million jobs are linked to the ocean worldwide. The COVID-19 pandemic is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Insights from Big Data on How COVID-19 Is Changing Society 29.5.2020 THE CITY FIX
Between the 1918 flu pandemic and the 2020 COVID-19 crisis, our ability to understand the effects of infectious diseases has increased exponentially. Networked personal devices and automated sensors are now ubiquitous, not to mention communications technologies like the internet that ...
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Insights from Big Data on How COVID-19 Is Changing Society 29.5.2020 WRI Stories
Insights from Big Data on How COVID-19 Is Changing Society Comments|Add Comment|PrintData shows that air pollution decreased in many cities during the COVID-19 pandemic, due to reduced vehicle travel. Photo by Pamela Drew/Flickr */ Between the 1918 flu pandemic and the 2020 COVID-19 crisis, our ability to understand the effects of infectious diseases has increased exponentially. Networked personal devices and automated sensors are now ubiquitous, not to mention communications technologies like... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Colombia’s New National Urban Mobility Policy Is Mostly a Good Thing 21.5.2020 THE CITY FIX
In the midst of COVID-19 precautions that have curtailed movement around the world, Colombia has released a new national road map for urban and regional mobility. It sends a powerful policy message that cities are saved by providing adequate access ...
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8 Ways to Rebuild a Stronger Ocean Economy After COVID-19 20.5.2020 WRI Stories
8 Ways to Rebuild a Stronger Ocean Economy After COVID-19 Comments|Add Comment|PrintBuilding a more resilient blue economy after COVID-19 will be crucial to millions of people, including mariners. Photo by Nick Kocharhook/Flickr A version of this blog first appeared on World Economic Forum. Almost no facet of our global economy has been immune to the COVID-19 crisis. Much has been said about the disruption in more familiar sectors such as airlines, restaurants and sports — but the long arm... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Op-Ed: I'm an immigrant doctor treating COVID-19 patients. Death isn't my only fear right now 24.4.2020 LA Times: Commentary

In this pandemic, we need an emergency increase in the number of green cards issued to immigrants with critically required skills.

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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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How is the pandemic affecting the profession of sustainability? 6.4.2020 GreenBiz.com
Amid the global pandemic and economic meltdown, the profession of sustainability inside companies seems to be moving apace.
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After Coronavirus, Low-carbon Investments Can Help Economies Recover 13.3.2020 WRI Stories
After Coronavirus, Low-carbon Investments Can Help Economies Recover Comments|Add Comment|PrintTaking bold climate action, such as increasing renewable energy capacity, can stimulate economic growth while reducing air pollution. Photo by Hahaheditor12667/Wikimedia Commons The COVID-19 pandemic is first and foremost a human tragedy, infecting more than 120,000 and killing more than 4,200 people as of March 12, 2020. The loss of human life is heart-breaking and set to continue ticking... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Coronavirus sidelines tours by Green Day, BTS and other acts touring Asia, Italy 29.2.2020 LA Times: Nation

Coronavirus is complicating the global concert tour landscape as Green Day and BTS nix shows in Asia and Testament cancels a gig in Italy.

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Delta Air Lines vows to become carbon neutral by the end of the decade 15.2.2020 LA Times: Business

Chief Executive Ed Barstian announced the the $1-billion initiative will start in March.

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Why Is Sustainable Urban Transport a Great Investment? 5.2.2020 THE CITY FIX
Transport is the world’s fastest growing source of energy-related carbon emissions. It accounted for 23% of energy-related GHG emissions in 2010, and, within that, urban transport was the largest single source. Depending on where you live, transport also contributes anywhere ...
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JetBlue embarks on journey to offset all U.S. domestic flights 14.1.2020 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
The move is becoming more common in Europe but is unprecedented among North American airlines.
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