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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User: flenvcenter Topic: Environmental Health-National
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Suncor refinery north of Denver faces state review of outdated permits, plans $300 million push to be “better not bigger” 29.11.2020 Headlines: All Headlines
Suncor's refinery malfunctioned 108 times over the past five years. That's an average of about one breakdown every three weeks -- visible when putrid yellow grit wafts over Denver.
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The lame-duck Trump EPA is rushing to finish its health-harming agenda. Here’s what’s in danger. 20.11.2020 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
On Election Day, Americans rejected the Trump administration and its relentless assault on our health and environment. But now Trump’s EPA administrator, Andrew Wheeler, is rushing to finish a flurry of rules before Inauguration Day – rules that are a threat to the health of the American people, and rules that EDF is prepared to […]
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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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EDF, Allies Ask Court to Halt Trump EPA Effort to Weaken Pollution Protections for Oil and Gas Industry 14.11.2020 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
EDF, Allies Ask Court to Halt Trump EPA Effort to Weaken Pollution Protections for Oil and Gas Industry
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Colorado health department deletes emails of officials working on pandemic despite calls to preserve records 11.11.2020 Denver Post: News: Local
Colorado’s health department has routinely deleted emails sent and received by officials responding to the coronavirus pandemic, despite a request by the state archives that agencies save all documents related to their management of the historic public health crisis.
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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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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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EPA Sued for 'Once Again Putting Corporate Interests Over Public Health or the Environment' by Reapproving Herbicide Atrazine 5.11.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

While taking aim at the Trump administration's broader pesticide agenda, a coalition of advocacy groups sued Friday over the Environmental Protection Agency's recent reauthorization of atrazine, which is one of the most widely used herbicides in the United States but off limits in dozens of countries due to health and safety concerns.

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US judge blocks Trump administration immigration rule that would deny green cards to immigrants who use public benefits 3.11.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
A federal judge in Chicago struck down a key immigration rule Monday that would deny green cards to immigrants who use food stamps or other public benefits.
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General Iron scrap shredder pays $18,000 fine for explosion, noxious air pollution on the North Side 3.11.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
The legal settlement with Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s administration comes as General Iron Industries seeks final city approval to move from wealthy, predominantly white Lincoln Park to a low-income, mostly Latino neighborhood on the Southeast Side.
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D.C. Circuit Sets Accelerated Briefing Schedule in Case against Trump EPA Rollback of Methane Pollution Standards 28.10.2020 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
D.C. Circuit Sets Accelerated Briefing Schedule in Case against Trump EPA Rollback of Methane Pollution Standards
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Polluted Air and Water Is a Racial Justice Issue. Let’s Fight it that Way. 26.10.2020 THE CITY FIX
Around the world, communities of color and marginalized groups disproportionately feel the effects of pollution and other environmental impacts. Whether it’s residents living along the polluted Cooum River in Chennai, India; Louisiana’s petrochemical-dense Cancer Alley; Thailand’s toxic hot spot Map Ta Phut Industrial ...
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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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As Colorado wildfires burn, fears that climate change is causing “multi-level emergency” mount 25.10.2020 Denver Post: Local
The record-breaking forest fires burning in Colorado even as winter sets in are the latest sign climate change is hitting the West hard, causing scientists to up their rhetoric and warn it is past time to move beyond planning and start aggressively acting.
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Pollution Is a Racial Justice Issue. Let’s Fight it that Way. 22.10.2020 WRI Stories
Print Nangsao Witlawan, a resident of Thailand's Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate, where pollution contaminates nearby wells with mercury and other toxins. Photo by Laura Villadiego Around the world, communities of color and marginalized groups disproportionately feel the effects of pollution and other environmental impacts. Whether it’s residents living along the polluted Cooum River in Chennai, India ; Louisiana’s petrochemical-dense Cancer Alley ; Thailand’s toxic hot spot Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate ; or children living near a battery recycling factory in Naucalpan De Juárez, Mexico , environmental racism has long exposed poor people and people of color to dangerously high levels of lead, contaminated water and bad air . These communities suffer from high incidences of related ailments, such as cancer and asthma. Many have also witnessed the desecration of cultural landmarks . A Natural Resources Defense Council report issued last year, Watered Down Justice,  found that race is the factor that bears ...
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Op-Ed: Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court could shred environmental protections 22.10.2020 LA Times: Opinion

It was disturbing to hear her describe climate change as 'a very contentious matter of public debate' rather than as scientifically established fact.

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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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Clean Energy Can Help Southeast Asia Recover After COVID-19 19.10.2020 WRI Stories
Print This farming couple in Thailand rents out some of their land for a wind turbine. Photo by Asian Development Bank. Prior to the devastating impacts of COVID-19, Southeast Asia was becoming an economic powerhouse. Manufacturing, industry and services expanded across the region in recent decades. Energy demand also grew an average of 6% per year, one of the fastest growth rates in the world. But despite the global decline in renewable energy prices, Southeast Asian countries have largely embraced fossil fuels to meet their growing energy needs. Close to 60% of Indonesia's electricity supply comes from its 29 gigawatt (GW) coal fleet. An additional 24.7 GW is in the works, making the country's coal pipeline the fifth largest in the world. The latest Philippine Energy Plan proposed expanding the share of coal in the energy mix from an already high 52.1% in 2018 to 55.3% by 2040 to support industrialization. The share of renewables in the Philippines' generation mix dropped to 21% in 2019, from more than ...
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Court allows Exide to abandon a toxic site in Vernon. Taxpayers will fund the cleanup 17.10.2020 LA Times: Environment

A bankruptcy court says Exide Technologies can abandon its toxic battery recycling plant in Vernon, leaving a massive cleanup to California taxpayers.

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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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