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: Sustainability-National
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EPA Allows TVA to Dump Spilled Coal Ash in Ala. 2.7.2009 CommonDreams.org Headlines
by Jay Reeves

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The nation's largest utility can dump millions of tons of coal ash from a Tennessee spill into an Alabama landfill, federal regulators said Thursday, despite criticism that the plan is unfair to one of Alabama's poorest counties.

The Environmental Protection Agency said it would let the Tennessee Valley Authority ship dredged material about 300 miles from the site of a huge retention pond failure in eastern Tennessee to the Arrowhead Landfill in central Alabama's Perry County.

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Environmentalism and Religion 1.7.2009 Switchboard, from NRDC
  Jonathan Zasloff, an environmental law professor at UCLA, has an interesting post up at Legal Planet about the role of environmentalism and religion, a topic I’ve touched on here at Switchboard before.  Zasloff is taking a course on Jewish...
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AUSTRALIA: Green Left Weekly turns 800! 28.6.2009 Green Left Weekly issue #780
Green Left Weekly received dozens of solidarity messages for its 800th birthday from Australia and from around the world.
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Global Food Price Crisis 27.6.2009 Commondreams.org Views
by Walden Bello

Perhaps the most influential orthodox view on the causes, dynamics, and solution to the food price crisis was provided by Oxford University economist Paul Collier in an article that came out in Foreign Affairs[1] Collier, author of the controversial The Bottom Billion[2], asserted that the food price crisis stemmed from the increased demand for food in Asia, brought on by prosperity that was not matched on the supply side owing to three problems: The failure to promote commercial farming, especially in Africa, the ban against genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the European Union (EU),

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Undisclosed Risk: Corporate Environmental and Social Reporting in Emerging Asia 25.6.2009 WRI Publications
In a world where the physical impacts of environmental degradation are already being felt, and most governments have embraced some form of regulation to mitigate further damage to the environment, environmental concerns are increasingly relevant to companies’ bottom lines. Companies will both impact and are dependent on the environment and current environmental trends will present companies with both risks and opportunities. In its report Emerging Risk, World Resources Institute (WRI) identified the critical trends that countries in emerging Asia face; trends that have a material financial impact on key sectors in the region (see Box). At a Glance: Environmental Trends Deforestation Water Scarcity Climate Change Food Security Energy ...
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Imagine: Prosperity Without Growth 23.6.2009 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines
It is ironic that homo sapiens, we big-brained and clever species, can trace almost every tragedy and failing to one generic cause: a failure of imagination. We seem to be an idiot savant species -- stunningly clever at so many things, capable of greatness, creativity and sacrifice for others, melding genius and love when we are at our best, and greed and hate at our worst. But whether it is the individual who fails to imagine the consequences of punching someone in a bar or a whole society which fails (like California) to imagine the consequences of starving itself of the revenue needed to function, observers from another world could easily conclude that we are terminally stupid. Or, as John Ralston Saul put, unconscious as a civilization. Those ...
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Hell Yeah, We Want Windmills 23.6.2009 Orion Magazine Articles
In the heart of coal country, activists are championing an energy economy that can save mountains and save lives.
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Young and Elected: Keesha Ram 22.6.2009 WireTap Magazine
Vermont's youngest elected official shares her experiences in the electorate and her vision for progressive change.
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Bob Dinneen: A Fair Accounting of Greenhouse Gases For All Potential Transportation Fuels 20.6.2009 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
As a result of the California Air Recources Board's biased analysis, most biofuels are deemed to be slightly worse than gasoline or diesel in terms of GHG impacts.
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Dot Earth: Too Much, or Not Enough, Fertilizer 19.6.2009 NYT: Home Page
A glaring divide is described between nations flooding fields with fertilizer and those with crops starved for nutrients.

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The Historical Record of Job Growth and Environmental Protection: A Convenient Truth for Climate Legislation 19.6.2009 Switchboard, from NRDC
Over three decades of experience with environmental regulation show that investments in environmental protection, coupled with GDP growth, led to an increase in jobs that were orders of magnitude larger than any job losses caused by environmental requirements. The dire...
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The Winds of Change 17.6.2009 Oxfam International RSS main feed

This report gathers people’s observations of climate change in Malawi and what it means for their lives and livelihoods.

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The Winds of Change 17.6.2009 Oxfam International RSS main feed

This report gathers people’s observations of climate change in Malawi and what it means for their lives and livelihoods.

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Eating Meat Is Not Natural 15.6.2009 AlterNet.org: Discuss
Eating meat is a relatively recent phenomenon in human evolution. And our bodies have never adapted to ...
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Legal activist Luke Cole, 46, dies 13.6.2009 San Jose Mercury News: World
Luke Cole, a leading theorist and practitioner of environmental justice law, who battled toxic waste facilities, mega-dairies, mining companies and other pollution threats in poor and minority communities in California and Alaska, died Saturday in a car crash in Uganda.
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Luke Cole dies at 46; leading practitioner of environmental law 11.6.2009 LA Times: Environment
Cole, who was killed in a car crash in Uganda, battled toxic waste facilities, mega-dairies and mining companies in poor and minority communities. Luke Cole, a leading theorist and practitioner of environmental justice law, who battled toxic waste facilities, mega-dairies, mining companies and other pollution threats in poor and minority communities in California and Alaska, died Saturday in a car crash in Uganda. He was ...
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Why My Vasectomy Will Help Save the Earth's Resources 10.6.2009 AlterNet.org: Discuss
"Any child I had would have been raised here and would consume (despite my best efforts) far more resources than I am comfortable ...
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Shell Settles with Nigeria Villagers for $15M 10.6.2009 Daily Headlines (RSS)

WASHINGTON, Jun 10 (OneWorld.net) - After a decade of legal battles and pressure from activists, the Royal Dutch Shell oil company -- accused of human rights abuses in the oil-rich Niger Delta -- has agreed to pay a settlement to the communities in the region rather than face trial.

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Mount Kenya Declaration on the Global Crisis and Africa’s Responsibility 10.6.2009 Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy - Institute for Food and Development Policy

Statement from the African Biodiversity Network

From 23 - 31 May 2009, the African Biodiversity Network (ABN) have gathered together near Mount Kenya, 25 organisations from 10 countries that work with farmers and local communities on the issues of biodiversity, food sovereignty, livelihoods, climate change, traditional knowledge, culture and community rights in Africa.

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Will We Still Eat Meat, Drink Milk, and Fry Eggs in 2109? 8.6.2009 AlterNet.org: Discuss
The world will be a much better place in 100 years if we rethink the way we ...
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