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-National
Category: Renewable Energy :: Biomass
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Shooting for the moon: 3 radical innovations to remove atmospheric CO2 10.11.2020 GreenBiz.com
Shooting for the moon: 3 radical innovations to remove atmospheric CO2 Tali Zuckerman Tue, 11/10/2020 - 01:00 Removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere may be as difficult as getting to the moon.  That’s because every day, human activity pumps out 38 tons of CO2 into the air. Currently, our atmosphere is saturated with around 415 parts per million (ppm) CO2, a number we urgently need to reduce to 280 ppm to avoid the most devastating climate impacts.  But to take out just one ton of CO2, we must first filter one Roman colosseum’s worth of air. Several pioneers in the field are developing revolutionary systems to do just that. During the "Carbon Removal Moonshots" session in late October at VERGE 20, co-founders from innovative carbon removal initiatives Project Vesta, Charm Industrial and IdeaLab joined moderator Tito Jankowski, co-founder of the online community Air Miners, on the virtual stage to share the stories and missions behind their innovations. 1. Project Vesta: Enhancing natural weathering ...
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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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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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Could trash-to-energy technology feed hydrogen demand? 15.7.2020 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
Could trash-to-energy technology feed hydrogen demand? Arlene Karidis Wed, 07/15/2020 - 01:00 One novel spin on emerging hydrogen fuel options is "clean hydrogen" made from trash.  Early pioneers of these hydrogen-from-waste technologies such as Ways2H, SGH2 Energy (SGH2) and Standard Hydrogen say not only are they making carbon-free, energy-rich fuel, their approaches also will divert mountains of trash from landfills and waterways, cutting greenhouse gas emissions.   Green hydrogen — made by splitting water’s hydrogen and oxygen using electricity produced by renewable sources — is a small fish in the "energies pond." Today, more than 95 percent of hydrogen is fossil-based and does not rely on renewables. Other technologies are in the mix, such as battery electric vehicles. Hydrogen from waste is an even smaller fish than hydrogen from renewable energy. There are only a few waste-to-hydrogen projects, most which are in early stages and relatively small scale. Still, there is potential for clean — low- ...
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Watch for ADM to pioneer biofuels, more carbon capture projects 13.5.2020 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Watch for ADM to pioneer biofuels, more carbon capture projects Heather Clancy Wed, 05/13/2020 - 02:57 Although decarbonization of industrial processes remains a big technical challenge, food processing and commodities giant Archer Daniels Midland recently adopted new commitments to cut its absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2035 — with additional carbon sequestration projects and changes to its transportation fleet figuring largely in that strategy. ADM also has pledged to decrease energy intensity by 15 percent over the same timeframe. "Our new goals are ambitious yet achievable," said ADM chairman and CEO Juan Luciano, in a statement when they were revealed in late March. "The greenhouse gas emissions we’ll save will be the equivalent of those from charging every single smartphone on the planet 250 times." The new commitments , the culmination of a 1.5-year planning process, aren’t officially science-based targets but they are "more aggressive" than the 2 degrees Celsius reduction ...
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Methane, manure and a net-zero pledge 27.2.2020 GreenBiz.com
By addressing a gas that can super-charge warming, Dominion Energy is breaking new ground. And its plans hinge on an unusual source of power.
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Europe is burning U.S. wood as climate-friendly fuel, but green groups protest 4.12.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
In the search for alternatives to coal and gas, some European countries have turned to a very old fuel. They're importing wood from the United States. Some environmentalists say it makes no sense.
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Poo and power: Electrification and manure offer competing paths to decarbonize HGVs 8.11.2019 GreenBiz.com
Tevva and CNG Fuels announce new plans to deliver greener trucks.
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Engie's renewables chief on scaling corporate contracts, hydrogen hopes and offshore wind 4.11.2019 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
How do you add 9 gigawatts of solar and wind in the next three years? You turn to corporate buyers, universities, hospitals and cities to commit to at least half that capacity.
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Verbund in the fall: a week with Europe's sustainability leaders 2.10.2019 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
From BASF to BMW to PRI, Europe holds major innovation in sustainability.
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How Rolland Paper leverages biogas for a closed-loop future 1.10.2019 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
Sponsored: This National Energy Awareness Month, Rolland Paper highlights its use of landfill methane to power its mill.
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How to have an all-renewable electric grid 5.9.2019 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Decarbonized energy systems are completely feasible, technically. The only barriers are political and cultural.
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Let’s talk about Renewable Energy Certificates … for natural gas 19.7.2019 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Ready for RECs for RNG?
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10 questions for Shell's New Energies VP 9.7.2019 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Three years ago, the oil major created a division to invest in electricity, clean energy, electric vehicle charging, alternative fuels and other newer businesses. GreenBiz recently got an update on how all of that's been going.
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How to decarbonize California’s economy without breaking the bank 25.6.2019 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
How to decarbonize California’s economy without breaking the bank
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UPS to buy huge amount of renewable natural gas to power its truck fleet 22.5.2019 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
It's the largest purchase order by any company in the U.S.
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Turning methane into carbon dioxide could help us fight climate change 22.5.2019 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
Methane is 84 times worse as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. What if we could chemically change methane into carbon dioxide?
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3 companies to pay U.S. $2.6 million for falsely tapping renewable energy program 8.5.2019 Denver Post: Local
Three Colorado companies and their owners agreed to pay $2.6 million to the U.S. to resolve allegations they sought and received reimbursements through a federal renewable energy program to pay for costs at a biomass power plant they never incurred.
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Not all biogas is created equal 15.4.2019 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Not all biogas is created equal
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Cargill, GM, P&G among group calling for market-ready renewable thermal energy 21.3.2019 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Scalable commercial options for loads like heating or manufacturing processes haven’t caught up with climate goals.
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