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

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One San Diego ZIP Code averages 30 new coronavirus cases daily 27.11.2020 LA Times: Health

Residents in southern San Diego communities grapple with a surge in coronavirus cases.

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Top missionary official in Brazil forced out for second time 27.11.2020 Survival International
Evangelical missionary Ricardo Lopes Dias has been forced from office as head of the Uncontacted Tribes Department – for the second time. © Ricardo Lopes Dias Ricardo Lopes Dias, an evangelical missionary, has been forced from his job as head of the Uncontacted Tribes Unit of Brazil’s Indigenous Affairs Agency FUNAI for the second time. Indigenous leaders of UNIVAJA , the indigenous peoples’ organization of the Javari Valley who have fought Mr Lopes Dias’ appointment since it was first announced, celebrated his departure. Mr Lopes Dias’ appointment to the post earlier this year was hugely controversial, and was described at the time by Survival’s Sarah Shenker as “ like putting the fox in charge of the hen house . ” Mr Lopes Dias is a former member of the notorious New Tribes Mission, re-branded as Ethnos360 in the US. Sources have told Survival that there was widespread anger in FUNAI at a fundamentalist missionary being appointed to such a post, and repeated accusations of incompetence and ...
3 Ways President Biden and Congress Can Restore US Forests 24.11.2020 WRI Stories
3 Ways President Biden and Congress Can Restore US Forests Comments|Add Comment|PrintProtecting and restoring the United States' many forests, including these trees along Rampart Lakes, should be a priority for the Biden administration. Photo by Sergei Akulich/Unsplash Even in an era of deep partisan division, planting trees and restoring forests to the United States’ natural and working landscapes represents a shared priority of both U.S. political parties. Republican leaders repeatedly... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Returning the ‘Three Sisters’ – Corn, Beans and Squash – To Native American Farms Nourishes People, Land and Cultures 24.11.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Historians know that turkey and corn were part of the first Thanksgiving, when Wampanoag peoples shared a harvest meal with the pilgrims of Plymouth plantation in Massachusetts. And traditional Native American farming practices tell us that squash and beans likely were part of that 1621 dinner too. 

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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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Feds want up to 3 1/2 years in prison for former Ald. Edward Vrdolyak in tobacco settlement scheme 23.11.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Prosecutors are asking a federal judge to sentence 83-year-old Edward Vrdolyak to up to 3 1/2 years behind bars, saying his decision to hide money he took from a giant tobacco settlement was just the latest in a long string of ethical and legal lapses by someone who should have known better.
Policy News: November 23, 2020 23.11.2020 EcoTone
In This Issue: President-elect Biden Announces Transition Team Agency review teams include many Obama administration alumni. Inform Science Policy Recommendation for President-elect Biden’s Administration ESA asks for your assistance in creating a list of federal science-related priorities. ESA Webinar — Science in President-elect Biden’s Administration The webinar recording in now available. Memos Outline Climate Policy ...
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The fossil fuel industry wants you to believe it's good for people of color 23.11.2020 LA Times: Environment

The climate crisis disproportionately harms Black people, Latinos and Native Americans. But oil and gas supporters are trying to claim the moral high ground.

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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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Farmers and environmentalists team up to push Congress to act on climate 20.11.2020 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
By Callie Eideberg This blog was originally posted on EDF’s Growing Returns. Agricultural and environmental advocates have joined forces to push Congress to act on climate change. The new Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance developed more than 40 joint policy recommendations for making farms, ranches and forests more climate resilient, harnessing the power of natural […]
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Lake Michigan is known for its sandy shores. But surging water levels have left officials scrambling for new ways to protect them. 20.11.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Rising temperatures, precipitation and human development across the Great Lakes basin have changed Lake Michigan, affecting millions along its coast.
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Climate Action Must Progress Far Faster to Achieve 1.5 C Goal 20.11.2020 THE CITY FIX
Countries agreed to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F) and ideally 1.5 degrees C (2.7 degrees F) as part of the 2015 Paris Agreement. The latest science shows that emissions will need to drop ...
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Black Farmers Have Been Robbed of Land. A New Bill Would Give Them a “Quantum Leap” Toward Justice. 19.11.2020 Mother Jones
After the US Civil War, newly emancipated Black growers won a share of the agricultural landscape. They did so despite fierce backlash and the ultimately failed promises of Reconstruction. By the 1910s, nearly a million Black farmers, a seventh of the nation’s total, owned 41.4 million acres of land, mostly in the South. That turned […]
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Climate Action Must Progress Far Faster to Achieve 1.5 C Goal 19.11.2020 WRI Stories
Print Coal-fired power plant in central Wyoming, United States. Photo by Greg Goebel/Wikimedia Commons Countries agreed to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F) and ideally 1.5 degrees C (2.7 degrees F) as part of the 2015 Paris Agreement. The latest science shows that emissions will need to drop by half by 2030 and reach net-zero by mid-century to meet this goal and prevent the worst impacts of climate change.  The question is: Are we on track to meet climate targets by 2030 and 2050? A report  from WRI and ClimateWorks Foundation found that in all but a couple of cases, progress is happening far too slowly for the world to meet its emissions-reduction targets – and in some cases, we’re moving in the entirely wrong direction. The State of Climate Action report assessed 21 indicators across six key sectors. Of all the indicators assessed, two show a historical rate of change sufficient to meet both 2030 and 2050 targets; 13 indicators show change headed in the right direction, ...
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Brighton, Adams County preserve nearly 80 acres of farmland from development 18.11.2020 Denver Post: Business
Brighton and Adams County teamed up with The Conservation Fund this week to preserve 79 acres of farmland along 144th Avenue and Sable Boulevard, just south of Brighton, in a traditionally agricultural area recently designated as Historic Splendid Valley.
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Righting the ship: A new chance for stronger protections against toxic chemicals 18.11.2020 Nanotechnology Notes
Richard Denison, Ph.D., is a Lead Senior Scientist. In June 2016, Congress passed historic, bipartisan legislation overhauling the Toxic Substances Control Act, the country’s main chemical safety law, to better protect the public from harmful exposure to toxic chemicals. The Trump administration has spent the last four years working to undermine TCSA by driving its implementation […]
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Alliance Unveils Unprecedented Climate Policy Recommendations 17.11.2020 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Alliance Unveils Unprecedented Climate Policy Recommendations
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Unique event: indigenous voices heard for first time in EU debate on conservation 17.11.2020 Survival International
These Khadia men were thrown off their land after it was turned into a tiger reserve. They lived for months under plastic sheets. Millions more face this fate if the 30% plan goes ahead. © Survival For the first time, indigenous people and activists affected by protected areas on their land will have the chance to tell European policy makers what they think about conservation.  The unique conference , taking place on November 19, is hosted by European parliamentarians and will bring together representatives of indigenous peoples and local communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America, NGOs, European Commission officials, and MEPs. The debate will be livestreamed, and comes against the backdrop of a push by the EU, UN and others to turn 30% of the world’s surface into protected areas by 2030 Survival and others are campaigning to stop this #BigGreenLie as it would constitute the biggest land grab in world history, reducing hundreds of millions of people to landless poverty. Among the activists present ...
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Hundreds of towering giant sequoias killed by the Castle fire — a stunning loss 16.11.2020 LA Times: Environment

This year's Castle fire killed hundreds of giant sequoias, the latest in a string of Sierra Nevada wildfires that is taking an alarming toll on the world's most massive trees.

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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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