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: Policy and Governance-National
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TRAIN Act Colossal Waste of Money, Attempt to Delay Regulations 21.9.2100 Union of Concerned Scientists
The House is expected to take up a bill today, called the TRAIN Act, which would waste $2 million of taxpayer money by mandating redundant cost-benefit analyses of environmental and health regulations.
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Trump administration moves ahead on gutting bird protections 27.11.2020 Headlines: All Headlines
The Trump administration moved forward Friday on gutting a longstanding federal protection for the nation's birds, over objections from former federal officials and many scientists that billions more birds will likely perish as a result.
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At Sea and in Court, the Fight to Save the World’s Rarest Whales Intensifies 26.11.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in Yale Environment 360 and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. Artie Raslich has been volunteering for seven years with the conservation group Gotham Whale, working on the American Princess, a whale-watching boat based in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. In that time Raslich, a professional photographer, has glimpsed a […]
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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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EPA’s final risk evaluation of trichloroethylene is scientifically flawed and understates risks to workers, the general public and those most susceptible 23.11.2020 Nanotechnology Notes
Jennifer McPartland, Ph.D., is a Senior Scientist.  Richard Denison, Ph.D., is a Lead Senior Scientist. Today the Trump Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its final risk evaluation for trichloroethylene (TCE).  It largely tracks the agency’s draft document, retaining numerous flaws that severely understate the highly toxic chemical’s risks to workers, the general public and those most susceptible […]
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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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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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These seven Californians could get jobs in the Biden administration 21.11.2020 L.A. Times - World News

Only a few people really know who will end up serving in President Biden's administration — and they aren't saying.

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Advancing Science through Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice 20.11.2020 EcoTone
By Kathleen Weathers, Pamela Templer, and Catherine O’Riordan “To fulfill ESA’s mission to advance the science and practice of ecology, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color must be fully supported throughout their careers.” -DEIJ Task Force Recommendations At its November 2020 meeting, the Governing Board of the Ecological Society of America (ESA) unanimously endorsed the ...
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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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ESA advances towards Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice 20.11.2020 EcoTone
“To fulfill ESA’s mission to advance the science and practice of ecology, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color must be fully supported throughout their careers.” -DEIJ Task Force Recommendations At its November 2020 meeting, the Governing Board of the Ecological Society of America (ESA) unanimously endorsed recommendations submitted by the Task Force on Diversity, Equity, ...
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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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Trump EPA Rushes Assessment of Toxic Chemical 1,4-Dioxane, Putting Public Health at Risk 19.11.2020 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Trump EPA Rushes Assessment of Toxic Chemical 1,4-Dioxane, Putting Public Health at Risk
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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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New Features Added to ESA Certification 18.11.2020 EcoTone
This post was provided by Carmen Cid, Chair of the ESA Board of Professional Certification. The Ecological Society of America has been validating the credentials of professional ecologists through our certification program for nearly 40 years. Beginning in 2021, we aim to take the program to a new level. Hundreds of environmental scientists—working in all ...
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Inform Science Policy Recommendations for President Elect Biden’s Administration 17.11.2020 EcoTone
ESA asks for your assistance in creating a list of federal science-related priorities that require attention to restore science to its proper place in President-Elect Biden’s administration. Over the past four years, many federal science reports, programs, regulations or data sets have been diminished, discounted, underfunded or discontinued. After you complete the form, we will ...
Opinion: We turned over our letters page to Trump readers for a day. Here's what they wrote 14.11.2020 LA Times: Opinion

With lines of communication fraying between right and left, the L.A. Times hands over its letters page to conservatives, most of whom support Trump.

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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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A call for action: It’s time to integrate environmental justice into applied ecology research 11.11.2020 EcoTone
by Gillian Bowser and Carmen R. Cid “The Somebody Else’s Problem field…relies on people’s natural predisposition not to see anything they don’t want to, weren’t expecting, or can’t explain.” -Douglas Adams, 1982[1] When is the right time to act on environmental justice, diversity and inclusion?  For the last three decades, the Ecological Society of America ...
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National parks are giving veterans, Gold Star families free lifetime passes 11.11.2020 Denver Post: Local
"With the utmost respect and gratitude, we are granting veterans and Gold Star families free access to the iconic and treasured lands they fought to protect starting this Veterans Day and every single day thereafter."
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