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: Energy-Independent
Category: Fossil Fuels :: Coal
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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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Montana’s new governor scares conservationists 10.11.2020 High Country News Most Recent
Republican Greg Gianforte has a history of support for rolling back protections for public lands and waters.
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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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High Country News in the ’70s 1.10.2020 High Country News Most Recent
The HCN community reflects on the ‘Me Decade.’
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2020: Fossil fuels are dead, long live the sun 13.8.2020 GreenBiz.com
2020: Fossil fuels are dead, long live the sun Hunter Lovins Thu, 08/13/2020 - 00:15 We’re female entrepreneurs and environmentalists. We’ve spent decades promoting clean energy technologies. In this strangest of all years, as the death toll mounts from a disease caused by human incursions into once intact ecosystems, we’re observing another death — the demise of fossil fuels. Is that possible? Consider this: In April, Royal Dutch Shell, one of the largest companies in the world, announced its intent to become a net-zero carbon company by 2050. When oil and gas companies say that they’re getting out of oil and gas, shouldn’t you? No doubt Shell is counting on some miracle like carbon capture to preserve its adherence to a century-old business model of selling oil. And who could blame it? For years, extracting the black gold from the ground, processing it, then selling gasoline, fuel oil, petrochemicals and other refined products has been one of the most profitable businesses in history. In 2008, Exxon ...
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How the Navajo got their day in the sun 28.5.2020 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
How the Navajo got their day in the sun Danny Kennedy Thu, 05/28/2020 - 02:00 In late March, during the early hours of the COVID-19 crisis, just as New Yorkers were realizing how many might die, a small solar development company closed a $4 million financing deal. "Closing" is never easy, but getting a half-dozen high-net-worth individuals, family offices and foundations to pony up as the world’s finance markets crashed around them was a triumph.  Getting the deal done was impressive in its own right, given that private equity had all but frozen in the weeks before and most venture-backed startups were running on fumes, telling their angel investors and anyone who’d listen that they had three months’ financial runway, or less. It seems even more important now, given the terrible toll COVID-19 is having right where the solar is planned: the Navajo Nation. A young team saddled with ambition and support from their tribal government, this largely native-owned company, Navajo Power , was getting ready to ...
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Who wins and who loses with these 4 regulatory rollbacks? 27.5.2020 High Country News Most Recent
Under a pandemic, Trump backslides pollution and wildlife protection standards.
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Why plastics are also a climate issue 25.3.2020 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
We can’t tackle one successfully without tackling the other, as many of the reasons for and solutions to the growing plastic and climate problems are the same.
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A fossil-fueled town fights back 20.2.2020 Writers on the Range
As coal continues to fade, Pueblo, Colorado, looks to renewables for a new economy.
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Arizona and the momentum of 100 percent clean energy 11.2.2020 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
The Arizona Public Service (APS) announced that it will fully decarbonize the electricity it sells. Here's what that looks like.
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Study finds 26,000 lives were saved by shift from coal to natural gas 8.1.2020 High Country News Most Recent
“When you turn coal units off you see deaths go down.”
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Nuclear power is clean – if you ignore all the waste 31.12.2019 Current Issue
Compare the annual waste produced by a coal-burning power plant and a nuclear generating station.
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‘Destructive’ extraction taking up prime real estate 31.12.2019 Current Issue
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Nuclear power is emissions-free, but at what cost? 31.12.2019 Current Issue
Compare the annual waste produced by a coal-burning power plant and a nuclear generating station.
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A holiday talk about the climate crisis? Yes, please. 17.12.2019 GreenBiz.com
Why a holiday discussion about climate change has a better chance of success, and less chance of conflict, than you might think.
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In rural Colorado, the kids of coal miners learn to install solar panels 13.12.2019 High Country News Most Recent
Where the mines once provided steady employment, solar energy now offers jobs for the next generation.
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5 takeaways from COP25's first week 9.12.2019 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
From insurers and coal to carbon markets, here's what you need to know from COP25 week one.
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The coal industry is shrinking — here's what miners need for a just transition 5.12.2019 GreenBiz.com
Programs should be nurtured to have lasting effects, rather than serving as short-term band-aids.
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Wyoming’s coal-fired economy is coming to an end 4.12.2019 High Country News Most Recent
The state faces a future without an industry that’s been very good to it.
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Good news, bad news: 4 trends in US energy use 19.9.2019 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
We reviewed the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s energy consumption data, so you don't have to. Here's what you need to know.
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