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

 
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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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As the Pandemic Pushes Millions Toward Poverty, Forests and Trees Can Safeguard Livelihoods 2.12.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

With the coronavirus pandemic driving millions of people into poverty, no stone should go unturned in the search for income opportunities for the most vulnerable.  That’s why protecting forests and trees—a natural and underrated ally in efforts to reinforce the livelihoods of rural communities around the world—should rise to the top of the agenda.

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EDF Launches "Power Up, America" Campaign 30.11.2020 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
EDF Launches "Power Up, America" Campaign
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Before COVID-19, low-income college students often struggled to stay in school. The pandemic has only made it harder: ‘Either my work suffers or my school suffers.’ 27.11.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Students "work their tails off" to pay tuition, but many jobs are disappearing because of COVID-19.
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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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How public benefits programs can help protect fossil fuel workers and communities in transition 12.11.2020 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
How public benefits programs can help protect fossil fuel workers and communities in transition
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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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Developers break ground on $50 million workplace campus in West Humboldt Park, part of Chicago’s Invest South/West program 10.11.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
A $50 million office campus called The Terminal is coming to Chicago’s West Humboldt Park neighborhood as part of city’s initiative to revitalize underserved communities.
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4 ways businesses can connect with their communities to create a clean economy 6.11.2020 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
4 ways businesses can connect with their communities to create a clean economy Marian Jones Fri, 11/06/2020 - 01:00 Companies often struggle with building community trust as they navigate between profit-making and authentically engaging on climate change and environmental justice matters. Last week at GreenBiz Group’s virtual conference and expo on stimulating the clean economy, VERGE 20 , community leaders and businesses from across the country came together to network, share insights and explore solutions to these challenges. During the panel "Connecting Communities to the Clean Economy," experts shared their experiences working with private companies, their fights for green jobs and why businesses need to think of themselves as part of the community. The talk featured two women of color and leaders within the environmental and economic justice movement: Elizabeth Yeampierre, executive director of UPROSE (founded as the United Puerto Rican Organization of Sunset Park); and Rahwa Ghirmatzion, executive ...
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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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Are Pennsylvanians as Obsessed With Fracking as Trump and Biden Think? 1.11.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in Grist and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. My home state of Pennsylvania is always on the receiving end of some heavy pandering by presidential candidates: some feeble stabs at the Sheetz vs. Wawa convenience store debate, pointlessly coy hints at an allegiance with the Flyers or […]
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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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These changes to our food systems could improve human and planetary health 26.10.2020 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
These changes to our food systems could improve human and planetary health Oliver Camp Mon, 10/26/2020 - 01:30 On the recent World Food Day, the clarion call was clearer than ever: We must fix our food systems to improve human health, drive economic growth and save the planet from environmental collapse. The challenges facing us are wide-ranging. The way the world produces and consumes food causes huge environmental impacts, and yet 3 billion people worldwide are unable to afford a healthy diet, and up to a third of the food we produce is wasted. What’s more, hunger and micronutrient deficiencies are concentrated among the poorest and most vulnerable — often including those who produce the food we eat. Meanwhile, the so-called double burden of malnutrition is on the rise: hunger and malnourishment coexisting with overweight and obesity, often in the same countries, communities or even individuals. Tackling these multiple challenges and threats requires coordinated action from the public sector, private ...
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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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In a year of unexpected tragedy and turmoil, Chicago police Superintendent David Brown sought to reshape his department 19.10.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
In a year of unexpected tragedy and turmoil, Chicago police Superintendent David Brown sought to reshape his department
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As jobs vanished, immigrants left California. The question is how many 16.10.2020 LA Times: Business

Researchers found a 6.2% drop in California's immigrant population from March through July, an outflow larger than the population of Sacramento.

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176 Groups Urge State to Maintain Environmental Funding to Create Jobs and Restart the Economy 16.10.2020 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
176 Groups Urge State to Maintain Environmental Funding to Create Jobs and Restart the Economy
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Mayor Lori Lightfoot vowed to reimagine violence response and end sole reliance on police, but outreach groups at heart of plan still struggle for funding 12.10.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Mayor Lori Lightfoot vowed to reimagine violence response and end sole reliance on police, but outreach groups at heart of plan still struggle for funding
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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot touts programs by PepsiCo, JPMorgan Chase to increase lending and job training 9.10.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
JPMorgan Chase promised to increase homeownership among 3,000 Black and Latino families “in the Chicago region through an additional $600 million in home lending to these families over the next five years,” officials said.
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Op-Ed: Buy from your independent bookstore now — or you may never be able to again 5.10.2020 LA Times: Opinion

Vroman's Bookstore is just one of many independent bookstores in danger of closing as a result of the pandemic. It's not too late to save them.

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