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: Sustainability-National
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Rape, worker abuses are common in palm oil fields linked to top beauty brands and everyday household products 21.11.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
Palm oil is found in everything from potato chips and pills to pet food, and also ends up in products from L’Oréal, Unilever, Procter & Gamble, Avon, Johnson & Johnson.
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Op-Ed: A victory for salmon, two tribes and the Klamath River 18.11.2020 LA Times: Environment

After two decades of advocacy and setbacks, the grass-roots movement to take down four dams in the Klamath River Basin is close to success.

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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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4 ways businesses can connect with their communities to create a clean economy 6.11.2020 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
4 ways businesses can connect with their communities to create a clean economy Marian Jones Fri, 11/06/2020 - 01:00 Companies often struggle with building community trust as they navigate between profit-making and authentically engaging on climate change and environmental justice matters. Last week at GreenBiz Group’s virtual conference and expo on stimulating the clean economy, VERGE 20 , community leaders and businesses from across the country came together to network, share insights and explore solutions to these challenges. During the panel "Connecting Communities to the Clean Economy," experts shared their experiences working with private companies, their fights for green jobs and why businesses need to think of themselves as part of the community. The talk featured two women of color and leaders within the environmental and economic justice movement: Elizabeth Yeampierre, executive director of UPROSE (founded as the United Puerto Rican Organization of Sunset Park); and Rahwa Ghirmatzion, executive ...
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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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A Community Action Toolkit: A Roadmap for Using Environmental Rights to Fight Pollution 15.10.2020 WRI Stories
A Community Action Toolkit: A Roadmap for Using Environmental Rights to Fight Pollution
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Mongolia Shows How to Fight for Environmental Justice 15.10.2020 WRI Stories
Print The people of Erdenetsagaan fought against a mining company that polluted their community. Photo by Munkhgerel Baterdene In Eastern Mongolia near the Chinese border, the people of Erdenetsagaan are furious with the mining companies that have wreaked havoc on their community of 7,000. “Five mountains have disappeared. They are breaking them down and throwing them at us – literally,” says Baatarsukh, a semi-nomadic herder, as he surveys the region’s grasslands. Pastures that once sustained his family’s way of life for generations are now caked in thick dust and pockmarked by open-pit mines that poison the local environment. “But no one cares about our health,” adds Baatarsukh, who also leads the local organization Erdenetsagaan Without Mining. “No one from the government will do anything.” Mongolia’s herders aren’t alone in their fight against pollution, the world’s leading cause of disease, disability and premature death. How Local Action Can Push for Enforcement of Anti-Pollution Laws More than 150 ...
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Green Space: An Underestimated Tool to Create More Equal Cities 5.10.2020 THE CITY FIX
As coronavirus restrictions ease around the world, many consider a walk around their neighborhood for some fresh air to be a welcome break from confinement. However, socioeconomic status could greatly affect the landscapes people find on these strolls, particularly in how much ...
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Green Space: An Underestimated Tool to Create More Equal Cities 30.9.2020 WRI Stories
Print A walk in the park might seem like a small thing, but green spaces can play a huge role in building equitable cities. Photo by Ignascio Brosa/Unsplash As coronavirus restrictions ease around the world, many consider a walk around their neighborhood for some fresh air to be a welcome break from confinement. However, socioeconomic status could greatly affect the landscapes people find on these strolls, particularly in how much green they are likely to see. The gaps between the haves and the have-nots in cities across the world are visible from space, illuminated by tree canopy. San Francisco’s Urban Forestry Plan , for example, notes that tree canopy varies widely depending on the relative wealth of different communities. The ritzy villas in the Seacliff neighborhood enjoy a leafy 30% canopy cover, while historically lower-income and immigrant communities in the Mission and Outer Sunset neighborhoods have a scant 7.5% and 5% tree canopy cover, respectively. The correlation between urban tree cover ...
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Black Voters Could Be Decisive Eco-Voters in the Most High Stakes Election in US History. 28.9.2020 Mother Jones
This story appeared in WURD as part of the Covering Climate Now project and is being shared through the Climate Desk Partnership. It’s not only been a summer season (now autumn) of a deadly pandemic, toxic politics, and social unrest, but the nation has been rocked by a non-stop series of environmental calamities triggered by […]
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4 Priorities for Climate Action and Social Equity in the COVID-19 Recovery 21.9.2020 THE CITY FIX
The COVID-19 crisis has shown how deep inequalities make society as a whole more vulnerable – providing important lessons for building resilience in an era of climate change. The people most exposed to the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting economic ...
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New Location, New Perspectives: Hearing from African Voices in the Restoration Movement 11.9.2020 WRI Stories
New Location, New Perspectives: Hearing from African Voices in the Restoration Movement Comments|Add Comment|PrintAt Sokomani's nursery, workers grow native plants like spekboom. Photo: Siyabulela Sokomani Siyabulela “Siya” Sokomani, a young entrepreneur from South Africa, runs a commercial nursery that grows thousands of native saplings every year. By nurturing those trees, he is restoring degraded land and fighting climate change in his community’s township in Cape Town. He’s one of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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4 Priorities for Climate Action and Social Equity in the COVID-19 Recovery 11.9.2020 WRI Stories
4 Priorities for Climate Action and Social Equity in the COVID-19 Recovery Comments|Add Comment|PrintMany on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis are also most vulnerable to climate change impacts. Photo by Omotayo Tajudeen/Pexels The COVID-19 crisis has shown how deep inequalities make society as a whole more vulnerable —providing important lessons for building resilience in an era of climate change. The people most exposed to the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting economic crisis are... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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3 Hurdles to Racial Justice in Clean Energy – and 3 Ways U.S. Cities Can Overcome Them 2.9.2020 WRI Stories
3 Hurdles to Racial Justice in Clean Energy – and 3 Ways U.S. Cities Can Overcome Them Comments|Add Comment|PrintOrlando at night. Photo by Erdenebileg Bat-Erdene/flickr For years, city governments in the United States have taken the lead on committing to climate action, with more than 165 cities aiming for 100% community-wide clean energy. But whether ambitious goals translate to ambitious action is another question altogether, and unfortunately we’ve seen cities fall short of their... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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3 Hurdles to Racial Justice in Clean Energy – and 3 Ways U.S. Cities Can Overcome Them 2.9.2020 THE CITY FIX
For years, city governments in the United States have taken the lead on committing to climate action, with more than 165 cities aiming for 100% community-wide clean energy. But whether ambitious goals translate to ambitious action is another question altogether, and ...
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How to Solve Water-Related Conflicts 2.9.2020 WRI Stories
How to Solve Water-Related Conflicts Comments|Add Comment|PrintA family and their goats gather at a watering hole, Danakil triangle, Ethiopia. Water-related conflict and political instability are on the rise across the globe. The factors that drive such conflict and instability seem to be intensifying, including: population growth, economic expansion, severe and prolonged drought, climate change, pollution, the destruction of natural landscapes, upstream infrastructure development (such as dams... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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The Memeable Mr. Markey 26.8.2020 Mother Jones
Ed Markey, put simply, had a good social-distancing look. That’s how The Cut, a vanguard of culture for young liberal women, described what the Massachusetts senator donned for an April 12 tweet. Imploring his constituents to “wear a mask,” Markey modeled his own Boston Red Sox-emblazoned face covering, along with a green bomber jacket, khakis, and an […]
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The Democratic Platform Backtracked on Fossil Fuels. Climate Activists Are Upset. 22.8.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in the Guardian and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. US climate activists had high hopes for the Democratic national convention, following substantial praise for a recently strengthened plan from nominee Joe Biden and his choice of Kamala Harris as a running mate. But a mysterious decision to […]
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Citing environmental racism, Southeast Side activists file civil rights complaint against Chicago 13.8.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
The chief target of the complaint is General Iron, a scrap shredder that plans to move from Lincoln Park on the North Side to a site on the Calumet River in the East Side neighborhood.
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Why We Oppose Golden Rice 11.8.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

The push for corporate-led solutions to hunger and malnutrition is alarming. In particular, Golden Rice is now being proposed as a solution to the worsening hunger and malnutrition associated with the pandemic. Agrochemical transnationals (TNCs) and collaborating institutions such as the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) are using concerns over food security during the pandemic to push for an industrial agricultural system that is already discredited. To quote PAN Asia Pacific:

“in the webinar “The future of food systems in Southeast Asia post-COVID19” organised by IRRI and the FAO, Jean Balie, IRRI’s head of Agri-Food Policy, said that they are “looking to increase the mineral and vitamin content in rice grains” as a response to the pandemic, alluding to renewed promotion of the genetically-modified Golden Rice, which has recently been approved for commercialization in Bangladesh and the Philippines” said PANAP.

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