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: Economics :: Ecological Economics
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You say old coal plant, I say new green hydrogen facility 24.11.2020 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
You say old coal plant, I say new green hydrogen facility Lincoln Bleveans Tue, 11/24/2020 - 01:30 Relics. Environmental hotspots. Or maybe reminders of a simpler time. Good or bad, no one views America’s old coal-fired power plants with indifference.  In their day, they were reliable, cost-effective backbones of America’s economy, driving some of the most spectacular growth the world has seen. Powering industry, commerce and society, they generated not just electricity but economic ecosystems that stretched far beyond the plants themselves and often served as the mainstay for thriving middle-class communities.  But then the environmental realities came into sharper focus: air, soil, and water pollution and greenhouse gases at the smokestack. At the same time, advances in natural gas production such as fracking (controversial in their own right) have made natural gas-fired power a better economic choice than coal-generated power. Recognition of those externalities, especially GHG emssions, further erodes ...
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New Report Showcases Innovative Finance Tools to Electrify Trucks, Buses 18.11.2020 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
New Report Showcases Innovative Finance Tools to Electrify Trucks, Buses
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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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Report: How Providing Public Benefits Can Help Safeguard Fossil Fuel Workers and Communities in Transition 12.11.2020 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Report: How Providing Public Benefits Can Help Safeguard 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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Collaborating with the ocean is essential to addressing climate change and environmental justice 10.11.2020 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
Collaborating with the ocean is essential to addressing climate change and environmental justice "The potential for the “blue economy” — one that combines more thoughtful stewardship of the ocean’s resources and economic opportunity with a more pragmatic, respectful approach to protecting coastal ecosystems — is vast. But with more than $1.5 trillion in annual economic value linked to ocean-based activities, the time is right to place the world’s seas at the center of a climate-centric post-pandemic recovery. This discussion will center on the role ocean solutions can play in addressing both climate change and systemic environmental justice issues. This session was held at GreenBiz Group’s VERGE 20, October 26-30, 2020. Learn more about the event here: https://events.greenbiz.com/events/ve...   Watch our other must-see talks here: ...
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In the Time of COVID-19, China Could Be Pivotal in Swapping Debt for Climate and Health Action 5.11.2020 WRI Stories
Print As a major bilateral creditor, China can play a pivotal role climate-health-debt swaps with developing countries. Photo by Zhang Kaiyv/Unsplash Exacerbated by COVID-19 and building on economic and climate challenges, a major debt crisis is brewing in the developing world. The International Monetary Fund projects that average GDP in emerging market and developing countries will decline 3.3% in 2020 . These developments make existing debts more onerous, as government revenues plummet and foreign exchange from tourism and oil exports dries up. Outstanding multilateral and bilateral debt totaled $738 billion and $424 billion , respectively, in 2017. A vicious cycle is emerging. Highly indebted countries have less room to spend on economic recovery and stimulus to alleviate the pandemic’s impacts or insulate against coming shocks, including from climate change. High debt burdens mean more difficult choices on where to spend, and less funding for climate action means more vulnerability to climate shocks. ...
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Governors Cooper, Northam, Hogan Partner to Accelerate Offshore Wind Energy 29.10.2020 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Governors Cooper, Northam, Hogan Partner to Accelerate Offshore Wind Energy
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EPA @ 50, and what it says about you and me 26.10.2020 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
EPA @ 50, and what it says about you and me Terry F. Yosie Mon, 10/26/2020 - 01:45 The American people always have possessed a very personal relationship with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Like all personal relationships, the EPA and its public have their share of successes and shortcomings, adjustments of expectations to realities, and recognition that the daily grind of complexity reveals our own values however much they end up being compromised. Few institutions exhibit such a pervasive daily presence in American life as the EPA. Its decisions impact the air we breathe (indoors and outside), the water we drink, the food we eat, the health of the children we give birth to and raise, the cars and fuel we purchase, the beaches where we swim, the chemicals we consume (voluntarily or involuntarily) or the quality of nature that we enjoy. The public health and environmental benefits of the EPA’s actions have been enormous, even while controversial. As one example, a draft report to ...
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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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Virtual cooking program to give Houston students a taste of sustainable Gulf seafood 23.10.2020 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Virtual cooking program to give Houston students a taste of sustainable Gulf seafood
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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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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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Report: How Investors Can Deploy Catalytic Capital to Scale Sustainable Agriculture 15.10.2020 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Report: How Investors Can Deploy Catalytic Capital to Scale Sustainable Agriculture
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EDF Calls on OECD for Bold Leadership in Green Finance 9.10.2020 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
EDF Calls on OECD for Bold Leadership in Green Finance
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Green Space: An Underestimated Tool to Create More Equal Cities 5.10.2020 THE CITY FIX
As coronavirus restrictions ease around the world, many consider a walk around their neighborhood for some fresh air to be a welcome break from confinement. However, socioeconomic status could greatly affect the landscapes people find on these strolls, particularly in how much ...
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Green Space: An Underestimated Tool to Create More Equal Cities 30.9.2020 WRI Stories
Print A walk in the park might seem like a small thing, but green spaces can play a huge role in building equitable cities. Photo by Ignascio Brosa/Unsplash As coronavirus restrictions ease around the world, many consider a walk around their neighborhood for some fresh air to be a welcome break from confinement. However, socioeconomic status could greatly affect the landscapes people find on these strolls, particularly in how much green they are likely to see. The gaps between the haves and the have-nots in cities across the world are visible from space, illuminated by tree canopy. San Francisco’s Urban Forestry Plan , for example, notes that tree canopy varies widely depending on the relative wealth of different communities. The ritzy villas in the Seacliff neighborhood enjoy a leafy 30% canopy cover, while historically lower-income and immigrant communities in the Mission and Outer Sunset neighborhoods have a scant 7.5% and 5% tree canopy cover, respectively. The correlation between urban tree cover ...
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Black Voters Could Be Decisive Eco-Voters in the Most High Stakes Election in US History. 28.9.2020 Mother Jones
This story appeared in WURD as part of the Covering Climate Now project and is being shared through the Climate Desk Partnership. It’s not only been a summer season (now autumn) of a deadly pandemic, toxic politics, and social unrest, but the nation has been rocked by a non-stop series of environmental calamities triggered by […]
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Newsom Takes Action to Protect the Health of Californians, Boost Economy 23.9.2020 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Newsom Takes Action to Protect the Health of Californians, Boost Economy
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Environmental remediation and infrastructure policies offer crucial opportunities for fossil fuel communities in transition 16.9.2020 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
This second report in a joint research series by Environmental Defense Fund and Resources for the Future examines U.S. federal environmental remediation and infrastructure policies that can create jobs and restore communities that have been historically reliant on fossil fuels. Daniel Raimi of RFF authored the report described in this blog post. All views expressed […]
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