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.

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Can big data, AI and chemical footprinting help the renewable energy sector avoid a toxic waste legacy? 1.12.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Can big data, AI and chemical footprinting help the renewable energy sector avoid a toxic waste legacy? Krishna Rajan Tue, 12/01/2020 - 01:00 The launch of the digital economy has brought with it an expansion of disruptive technologies such as predictive analytics, artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics that are readily being used to transform the marketplace. But can we also use these breakthrough technologies to accelerate the development of safer, more sustainable materials for the renewable energy sector?  Starting with one of the fastest-growing clean energy sectors, solar technology, this is the fundamental question that a unique collaboratory is asking itself. Three years ago, the Department of Materials Design and Innovation at the University at Buffalo, Clean Production Action (CPA) and Niagara Share created the Collaboratory for a Regenerative Economy (CoRE). CoRE recognizes the critical societal importance of scaling clean energy technologies such as solar to address the climate crisis. But ...
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Pressure on creatives: PR, advertising firms targeted by fossil fuel divestment movement 30.11.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Pressure on creatives: PR, advertising firms targeted by fossil fuel divestment movement Michael Holder Mon, 11/30/2020 - 01:00 As fossil fuel companies' social license to operate becomes increasingly frayed, more industries in their orbit are getting entangled in the reputational quagmire that is now part and parcel of any activity that exacerbates the climate crisis. Airlines have faced "flygskam" — or flight shame — which has seen some travelers shun air travel, heightening pressure for the sector to demonstrate that it can develop a flight path to net-zero emissions. Similarly, carmakers around the world are racing to develop fully electric models in response to escalating consumer and regulatory pressure. And energy providers the world over are rushing to slash their reliance on fossil fuels as the clean energy transition gathers pace.  Now advertising and public relations companies, it seems, are also feeling the pressure from the societal drive for a rapid net-zero transition — and it is posing ...
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Editorial: Biden's challenge: Restoring the U.S. as a leader against global warming 26.11.2020 LA Times: Opinion

President-elect Joe Biden recognizes the dangers of global warming and vows to confront the problem head on. Good, because we just wasted four years.

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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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Lessons from the Great Recession for COVID-19 Green Recovery 24.11.2020 WRI Stories
Lessons from the Great Recession for COVID-19 Green Recovery Comments|Add Comment|PrintGreen stimulus, such as investing in EV charging infrastructure (shown here in Oregon, United States), can help economies rebound and create jobs. Photo by Visitor7/Wikimedia Commons Governments are in uncharted territory as they respond to the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic — but that doesn’t mean they can’t learn from the past. The most recent comparison is the global financial crisis that... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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7 Ways Biden Can Fight Climate Change Without Any Help from Congress 23.11.2020 Mother Jones
When Joe Biden delivered his first speech as president-elect two weeks ago, he focused on his mandate to “marshal the forces of science and the forces of hope in the great battles of our time.” Climate change was high on that list. After another year of unprecedented climate disasters, Biden will enter office with the most […]
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Apex Clean Energy’s Mark Goodwin on how to reach escalating renewable energy demands 23.11.2020 GreenBiz.com
Apex Clean Energy’s Mark Goodwin on how to reach escalating renewable energy demands This video is sponsored by Apex Clean Energy. "One of the best ways to do that is to procure utility scale electricity from wind and solar so what's needed in order to keep the momentum going is to ensure the ability of companies like Apex to deliver those projects.” Sarah Golden, senior energy analyst & VERGE energy chair at GreenBiz, interviewed Mark Goodwin, president & CEO of Apex Clean Energy, during the VERGE 20 virtual event (October 26-30, 2020). View archived videos from the conference here: https://bit.ly/3kMjeXt . taylor flores Sun, 11/22/2020 - ...
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Wartsila’s Risto Paldanius on the pathways to 100% clean energy 23.11.2020 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Wartsila’s Risto Paldanius on the pathways to 100% clean energy This video is sponsored by Wartsila. "Right now the industry grid scale energy storage is dominated by lithium-ion technology as restoring waste thanks to the EV car and battery development and the costs coming down, but I think we'll be seeing more and more longer duration batteries in different view formats which we might even not know yet." Sarah Golden, senior energy analyst & VERGE energy chair at GreenBiz, interviewed Risto Paldanius, vice president of Wartsila Americas, during the VERGE 20 virtual event (October 26-30, 2020). View archived videos from the conference here: https://bit.ly/3kMjeXt . taylor flores Sun, 11/22/2020 - ...
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Marin Clean Energy’s Dawn Weisz on wildfire resiliency during a pandemic 21.11.2020 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Marin Clean Energy’s Dawn Weisz on wildfire resiliency during a pandemic This video is sponsored by Marin Clean Energy.    “One key issue for us right now is in collaboration, and making sure that there are good lines of communication between local government agencies, our critical care providers, emergency service providers, and firefighters to make sure that folks are on the same page.”    Sarah Golden, Energy Analyst, Greenbiz, interviewed Dawn Weisz, CEO, Marin Clean Energy, during VERGE 20, which took place 10/26-10/30/20. View archived videos from the conference here: https://www.greenbiz.com/topics/verge-20-archive ...
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The chef who wants diners to fund regenerative ag 20.11.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
The chef who wants diners to fund regenerative ag Jim Giles Fri, 11/20/2020 - 01:30 "We have solutions that are bipartisan and cost the government $0." That was the opening line of a message I received from award-winning chef Anthony Myint, who replied to my request for elevator pitches for president-elect Joe Biden . Myint went on to describe a scalable mechanism for capturing large amounts of carbon in agricultural soils that would, indeed, cost governments $0. If this sounds too good to be true, consider what happened 20 years ago in a different economic sector. Solar and wind are cost-competitive means of producing electricity, but this wasn’t the case in the late 1990s. Back then, renewable energy advocates were trying to figure out how to scale technologies that were more expensive than fossil-fuel incumbents.  Some state governments simply mandated the use of renewables, but in places without mandates, advocates had to get creative. Even in states with mandates, some utilities wanted to do more. ...
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Episode 246: Celebrating the sustainability profession, the 'clean fight' 20.11.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Features The New York clean energy scene (14:40)  We chat with two executives representing The Clean Fight NYC, a building decarbonization initiative led by New Energy Nexus and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. Insights from Kate Frucher, managing director of The Clean Fight, and John Hoekstra, global vice president of sustainability and cleantech at Schneider Electric.  Optimizing tires for EVs (27:10)  Goodyear Chief Technology Officer Chris Helsel talks about how the giant tire manufacturer is prioritizing design for electric vehicles, which have different weight and acceleration requirements than counterparts for gas-powered cars, trucks and vans. Under pressure: What's influencing corporate ESG strategy (30:45)  A trifecta of factors — the COVID-19 pandemic, racial inequity and hyper-partisan politics — are reshaping how companies think about environmental, social and governance issues. GreenBiz and EDF+Business at the Environment Defense Fund are teaming on research to ...
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How Utah cities are pursuing 100% renewable energy 20.11.2020 GreenBiz.com
How Utah cities are pursuing 100% renewable energy Emily Elizabet… Fri, 11/20/2020 - 01:00 In the absence of federal action on climate change in the United States, local communities have taken on the responsibility of reducing their greenhouse emissions. To date, more than 150 cities, counties and states across America have passed resolutions to commit to 100 percent net-renewable electricity in the coming years, defined as meeting the city’s total electricity demand with the gross amount of electricity generated and purchased from renewable sources, such as solar, wind and geothermal as well as energy efficiency, demand management and energy storage. Six cities already have achieved this goal: Kodiak Island, Alaska; Aspen, Colorado; Georgetown, Texas; Greensburg, Kansas; Rock Port, Missouri; and Burlington, Vermont. In Utah, 23 cities and counties have resolved to adopt 100 percent net-renewable electricity by 2030, representing about 37 percent of Utah’s electricity load. How did a politically ...
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Could green hydrogen be key to a carbon-free economy? 19.11.2020 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
This article originally was published on Yale Environment 360 . Saudi Arabia is constructing a futuristic city in the desert on the Red Sea called Neom. The $500 billion city — complete with flying taxis and robotic domestic help — is being built from scratch and will be home to a million people. And what energy product will be used both to power this city and sell to the world? Not oil. The Saudis are going big on something called green hydrogen — a carbon-free fuel made from water by using renewably produced electricity to split hydrogen molecules from oxygen molecules. This summer, a large U.S. gas company, Air Products & Chemicals, announced that as part of Neom it has been building a green hydrogen plant in Saudi Arabia for the last four years. The plant is powered by 4 gigawatts from wind and solar projects that sprawl across the desert. It claims to be the world’s largest green hydrogen project — and more Saudi plants are on the drawing board. Green hydrogen? The Saudis aren’t alone in believing ...
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What big bets by Bezos Earth Fund say about climate action in 2021 19.11.2020 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
What big bets by Bezos Earth Fund say about climate action in 2021 Heather Clancy Thu, 11/19/2020 - 01:00 A group of 16 nonprofits dedicated to inspiring climate action has much to give thanks for this week. With little fanfare other than a lengthy Instagram post, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos pledged $791 million in donations from the Bezos Earth Fund — his $10 billion commitment to funding scientists, nonprofits and "others" that have made it their life’s work to fight climate change. For those of you keeping score, Bezos created the fund in February, although not much is known about who is behind the scenes running things — there’s isn’t even a public-facing web site. This is the first batch of grants bestowed by the organization.  Many of you will be familiar with the organizations that made the cut, and I see no reason not to list them all because they deserve as much attention as possible these days: The Climate and Clean Energy Equity Fund , ClimateWorks Foundation , Dream Corps Green For All , Eden ...
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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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The connection between jobs and addressing orphan oil and gas wells 17.11.2020 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
The connection between jobs and addressing orphan oil and gas wells
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A vision for a Biden-Harris sustainable business agenda 17.11.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
A vision for a Biden-Harris sustainable business agenda Aron Cramer Tue, 11/17/2020 - 01:30 This article originally was published in the BSR Insight . Now that the results of the United States presidential election are in, it is time to focus on what business can do to promote a policy agenda that will accelerate the transformation needed to shift to a truly just and sustainable economy.  The U.S. government has been either absent or counterproductive on sustainability issues the past four years. This will change in a Biden-Harris administration. How much it changes will depend greatly on the actions and influence of the business community. BSR exists to catalyze business leadership to achieve a just and sustainable world. We believe strongly that sustainability is a primary source of strategic business advantage. We believe that comprehensive business action calls for companies to "act, enable, and influence," creating change both through actions in the "real economy" and also in advocating for policy ...
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The 'war on coal' is over. The next climate battle has just begun 17.11.2020 LA Times: Business

Joe Biden wants to reach 100% clean energy by 2035. But activists are worried he'll choose Ernest Moniz for energy secretary.

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Here’s What a Republican Senate Really Means for the Climate 16.11.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in The Guardian and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. Climate advocates rejoicing at Joe Biden’s presidential victory are also quietly absorbing the blow of Republicans possibly keeping control of the US Senate—which would kneecap significant efforts to fight globe-heating pollution. If Joe Biden is president and Congress […]
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How Biden Can Make the US a Global Leader on Climate Action 13.11.2020 WRI Stories
Print The Biden administration has the opportunity to help the United States re-emerge as a global climate leader. Photo by Mark Skrobola/Wikimedia Commons Joe Biden’s victory in the U.S. presidential election offers new hope in the fight against climate change, both within U.S. borders and around the globe. During his first speech as president-elect, Biden committed to restore the United States’ standing in the world. And all signs suggest that tackling the growing climate crisis — and collaborating with other countries to do so — will be among his administration’s chief priorities. When he is sworn into office in January, President Biden will be well aware that the contours of international climate diplomacy have significantly shifted since he last served in the White House. This year, even in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, countries around the world are stepping up on climate action. The EU is on track to enhance its 2030 emissions-reduction target under the Paris Climate Agreement, while ...
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