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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Boeing rival Airbus bets big on hydrogen-powered, zero-emission jets 5.12.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
By 2035, Airbus hopes hydrogen-based fuel will be cheap enough to compete with fossil fuels, and enough airports will be able to support hydrogen planes to make it an attractive purchase for airlines.
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Pressure on creatives: PR, advertising firms targeted by fossil fuel divestment movement 30.11.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Pressure on creatives: PR, advertising firms targeted by fossil fuel divestment movement Michael Holder Mon, 11/30/2020 - 01:00 As fossil fuel companies' social license to operate becomes increasingly frayed, more industries in their orbit are getting entangled in the reputational quagmire that is now part and parcel of any activity that exacerbates the climate crisis. Airlines have faced "flygskam" — or flight shame — which has seen some travelers shun air travel, heightening pressure for the sector to demonstrate that it can develop a flight path to net-zero emissions. Similarly, carmakers around the world are racing to develop fully electric models in response to escalating consumer and regulatory pressure. And energy providers the world over are rushing to slash their reliance on fossil fuels as the clean energy transition gathers pace.  Now advertising and public relations companies, it seems, are also feeling the pressure from the societal drive for a rapid net-zero transition — and it is posing ...
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Lessons from the Great Recession for COVID-19 Green Recovery 24.11.2020 WRI Stories
Lessons from the Great Recession for COVID-19 Green Recovery Comments|Add Comment|PrintGreen stimulus, such as investing in EV charging infrastructure (shown here in Oregon, United States), can help economies rebound and create jobs. Photo by Visitor7/Wikimedia Commons Governments are in uncharted territory as they respond to the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic — but that doesn’t mean they can’t learn from the past. The most recent comparison is the global financial crisis that... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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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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Could green hydrogen be key to a carbon-free economy? 19.11.2020 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
This article originally was published on Yale Environment 360 . Saudi Arabia is constructing a futuristic city in the desert on the Red Sea called Neom. The $500 billion city — complete with flying taxis and robotic domestic help — is being built from scratch and will be home to a million people. And what energy product will be used both to power this city and sell to the world? Not oil. The Saudis are going big on something called green hydrogen — a carbon-free fuel made from water by using renewably produced electricity to split hydrogen molecules from oxygen molecules. This summer, a large U.S. gas company, Air Products & Chemicals, announced that as part of Neom it has been building a green hydrogen plant in Saudi Arabia for the last four years. The plant is powered by 4 gigawatts from wind and solar projects that sprawl across the desert. It claims to be the world’s largest green hydrogen project — and more Saudi plants are on the drawing board. Green hydrogen? The Saudis aren’t alone in believing ...
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US State and Local Ballot Measures Advancing the Energy Transition 18.11.2020 WRI Stories
Print United States voter showed their support for the energy transition in this year's election. Photo by Element5 Digital/Unsplash State and local governments across the U.S. are making significant progress toward sustainable energy through legislation, local policy adoption and the creation of new revenue streams to develop programs and implement projects. One way these innovative efforts are decided is at the ballot box: in many states and cities, direct voter approval advances ballot measures and initiatives. These initiatives touch on a wide variety of sectors advancing the energy transition, including renewable energy access and standards, land-use regulations that encourage walkable and compact infill development and advanced sustainable transportation solutions. These examples illustrate how local voices have the power to influence the energy transition in tangible and innovative ways. Here are some key measures and initiatives that appeared on the ballot this year: Driving Renewable Energy ...
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How Biden Can Make the US a Global Leader on Climate Action 13.11.2020 WRI Stories
Print The Biden administration has the opportunity to help the United States re-emerge as a global climate leader. Photo by Mark Skrobola/Wikimedia Commons Joe Biden’s victory in the U.S. presidential election offers new hope in the fight against climate change, both within U.S. borders and around the globe. During his first speech as president-elect, Biden committed to restore the United States’ standing in the world. And all signs suggest that tackling the growing climate crisis — and collaborating with other countries to do so — will be among his administration’s chief priorities. When he is sworn into office in January, President Biden will be well aware that the contours of international climate diplomacy have significantly shifted since he last served in the White House. This year, even in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, countries around the world are stepping up on climate action. The EU is on track to enhance its 2030 emissions-reduction target under the Paris Climate Agreement, while ...
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How public benefits programs can help protect fossil fuel workers and communities in transition 12.11.2020 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
How public benefits programs can help protect fossil fuel workers and communities in transition
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Report: How Providing Public Benefits Can Help Safeguard Fossil Fuel Workers and Communities in Transition 12.11.2020 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Report: How Providing Public Benefits Can Help Safeguard Fossil Fuel Workers and Communities in Transition
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Green Hydrogen: Could It Be Key To a Carbon-Free Economy? 10.11.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Saudi Arabia is constructing a futuristic city in the desert on the Red Sea called Neom. The $500 billion city — complete with flying taxis and robotic domestic help — is being built from scratch and will be home to a million people. And what energy product will be used both to power this city and sell to the world? Not oil.

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These Obscure Races May Decide the Future of Climate Change 3.11.2020 Mother Jones
This election cycle, environmental advocates have realized that if they want strong action on climate change, they can’t just look to the president and Congress. They need the states. Specifically, they need to win big in offices few people have heard of: the powerful commissions that make the rules for utilities and implement statewide clean […]
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As Election Nears, Polling Shows 82% of Voters Believe 100% Clean Power Should Be Primary Us Energy Goal 29.10.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

With an estimated 66 million ballots already cast and only a week to go until Election Day, new polling released Tuesday shows the vast majority of U.S. voters believe the nation should be prioritizing a transition to 100% clean energy and support legislation to decarbonize the economy over the next few decades.

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Letters to the Editor: We can build all-electric buildings today. Cities should require them 25.10.2020 LA Times: Opinion

Architects are already designing and building all-electric structures. Cities like Los Angeles should not wait for state mandates before acting.

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Editorial: Five years after the Aliso Canyon methane leak, California is still too reliant on fossil fuels 23.10.2020 LA Times: Opinion

The Aliso Canyon leak was an environmental disaster. It forced local and state officials to reckon with the risks and consequences of relying on fossil fuels.

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Episode 242: Responsible mining, the politics of clean energy 23.10.2020 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
Features 5 questions with renewable fuels company Neste (20:40)  Jeremy Baines took on his role as president of Neste U.S. a little more than a year ago. He joins us to answer five questions about the organization’s strategy. The clean energy voting bloc (27:50)  GreenBiz senior energy analyst Sarah Golden offers an inside view to Clean Energy for Biden, which is raising visibility for the economic potential of clean energy industries ahead of the presidential election.  *Music in this episode by Lee Rosevere: "More On That Later," "Night Caves," "New Day," "Curiosity" and "Sad Marimba Planet" *This episode was sponsored by WestRock and MCE, and features VERGE 20 sponsor Neste. Resources galore Lessons in resilience from the produce industry. Subject matter experts from Kwik Lok, Walmart and Second Harvest Food Bank join us at 1 p.m. EST Nov. 10 to discuss responding to disruption and how to balance food safety and security to minimize food waste. Behavior change and the circular economy. How innovation ...
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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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Hydrogen fuel could revolutionize airlines. Here's how that could look 19.10.2020 LA Times: Business

Airbus is working on developing a hydrogen-powered plane that could enter commercial service by 2035.

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A vote for clean energy 16.10.2020 GreenBiz.com
A vote for clean energy Sarah Golden Fri, 10/16/2020 - 01:45 I recently joined the most impressive group of clean energy leaders I’ve known, and it happens to have come together in support of Joe Biden for president. The network: Clean Energy for Biden (CE4B).  It includes more than 9,500 clean energy professionals in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. There are entrepreneurs, engineers, policymakers, technicians and investors. There are thought leaders I’ve long admired and business leaders that have made clean energy more accessible to all people. Clean energy professionals as a voting bloc CE4B is evidence that the clean energy sector is, perhaps for the first time, a significant voting bloc in the United States.  Before the start of the COVID crisis, the clean energy sector employed nearly 3.4 million Americans in all 50 states. In 42 states, more people are included in clean energy than in the fossil fuel industry. If mobilized, these millions of Americans could have a major impact in this ...
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Analysis: North Carolina can curb emissions and reduce costs through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative 5.10.2020 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
As North Carolina Governor Cooper considers policies to reach the state’s climate goals, analysis from EDF and M.J. Bradley & Associates shows that joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) can help get the job done. RGGI would significantly reduce climate-warming pollution in North Carolina by capping and reducing power sector carbon emissions. The analysis […]
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Gov. J.B. Pritzker vows to fight climate change with clean energy. Only three other states mined more climate-changing coal than Illinois last year. 2.10.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Gov. J.B. Pritzker vows to fight climate change with clean energy. Only three other states mined more climate-changing coal than Illinois last year.
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