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: Water-National
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Editorial: After COVID-19 ends, will Californians go thirsty? 2.12.2020 LA Times: Opinion

The pandemic has underscored California's need to get basic water supplies to residents who can't afford it.

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5 Pillars of a New Ocean Agenda 2.12.2020 WRI Stories
5 Pillars of a New Ocean Agenda Comments|Add Comment|PrintOcean-based renewable energy like offshore wind turbines can provide clean energy while generating jobs, boosting economies and providing a pathway to decarbonization. Photo by iStock.com 2020 was supposed to be a super year for the ocean. A packed calendar of international events should have presented opportunities to assess progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 14 to conserve and sustainably use ocean resources; renew... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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14 World Leaders Commit to 100% Sustainable Ocean Management to Solve Global Challenges; Call for More Countries to Join 2.12.2020 WRI Stories
14 World Leaders Commit to 100% Sustainable Ocean Management to Solve Global Challenges; Call for More Countries to Join Leaders of Australia, Canada, Chile, Fiji, Ghana, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Namibia, Norway, Palau and Portugal commit to sustainably manage nearly 30 million sq km of their national waters by 2025 Leaders put a healthy ocean at the top of the global policy agenda to accelerate economic recovery LONDON (December 2, 2020) —The High Level Panel for a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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RELEASE: 14 World Leaders Commit to 100% Sustainable Ocean Management to Solve Global Challenges; Call for More Countries to Join 2.12.2020 WRI Stories
RELEASE: 14 World Leaders Commit to 100% Sustainable Ocean Management to Solve Global Challenges; Call for More Countries to Join Leaders of Australia, Canada, Chile, Fiji, Ghana, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Namibia, Norway, Palau and Portugal commit to sustainably manage nearly 30 million sq km of their national waters by 2025 Leaders put a healthy ocean at the top of the global policy agenda to accelerate economic recovery LONDON (December 2, 2020)—The High Level Panel for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Trump Has Blown Up His One Decent Conservation Action—of Course 30.11.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in HuffPost and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. The Trump administration wasted no time proving what was clear from the get-go: that its support of a major public lands bill was nothing more than pre-election greenwashing for President Donald Trump and two Senate allies.  In August, Trump […]
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Op-Ed: One of America's great wildernesses is being destroyed, bit by bit, in a silent massacre 29.11.2020 LA Times: Opinion

Unlike most of the nation's great river systems, the Mobile Basin has survived with its rich biodiversity mostly intact. That is changing.

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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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The Myth of a Food Crisis 25.11.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

World Agriculture Towards 2030/2050 is a major report predicting global agricultural trends (Alexandratos & Bruinsma, 2012). It was produced by the economics division of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). In its abstract the FAO authors make a prominent disclaimer. Its projections, they stress (both on p. i and p. 7), are not to be used for normative purposes; that is, their report is not a prescription of how the global food system should develop.

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You say old coal plant, I say new green hydrogen facility 24.11.2020 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
You say old coal plant, I say new green hydrogen facility Lincoln Bleveans Tue, 11/24/2020 - 01:30 Relics. Environmental hotspots. Or maybe reminders of a simpler time. Good or bad, no one views America’s old coal-fired power plants with indifference.  In their day, they were reliable, cost-effective backbones of America’s economy, driving some of the most spectacular growth the world has seen. Powering industry, commerce and society, they generated not just electricity but economic ecosystems that stretched far beyond the plants themselves and often served as the mainstay for thriving middle-class communities.  But then the environmental realities came into sharper focus: air, soil, and water pollution and greenhouse gases at the smokestack. At the same time, advances in natural gas production such as fracking (controversial in their own right) have made natural gas-fired power a better economic choice than coal-generated power. Recognition of those externalities, especially GHG emssions, further erodes ...
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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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In an attempt at social engineering, China steers its minorities toward a secular future 21.11.2020 LA Times: Nation

In the Gansu province, China promises a better future to Muslim minorities — if they trade their devotion to faith for devotion to the Communist Party.

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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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Thornton warns of looming water shortage that could hamper long-term growth in the northern suburb 15.11.2020 Denver Post: All Political News
"A water issue for Thornton is not just a Thornton issue. It's an issue for surrounding communities too. There's no benefit to having one community short on resources."
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Editorial: Biden's presidency will face Republican obstruction, but he can still bring science back to Washington 13.11.2020 LA Times: Opinion

There's one area where Biden could unravel a lot of Trump administration damage fairly quickly and easily: Biden can bring respect for science back to Washington.

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Count on Biden to Restore the National Monuments Trump Trashed 13.11.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in HuffPost and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. President Donald Trump‘s legacy on public lands is a four-year war against protected wild places, which has included dismantling Utah’s Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments.  That legacy will follow him long after he’s out of the White House. […]
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Sunken boats. Stolen gear. Fishermen are prey as China conquers a strategic sea 12.11.2020 LA Times: Nation

Beijing's aggressive South China Sea expansion shows its willingness to defy international laws for President Xi Jinping's visions of power.

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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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Policy News: November 9, 2020 9.11.2020 EcoTone
In This Issue: Join an ESA Webinar Today about the 2020 Election Results Join the Public Affairs Office at 3:00pm eastern for a discussion of the implications for scientific and environmental policy. Vice President Joe Biden Wins Presidential Election Democrats retain majority in the House of Representatives, Senate races in Georgia go to runoffs. ESA ...
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Are Pennsylvanians as Obsessed With Fracking as Trump and Biden Think? 1.11.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in Grist and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. My home state of Pennsylvania is always on the receiving end of some heavy pandering by presidential candidates: some feeble stabs at the Sheetz vs. Wawa convenience store debate, pointlessly coy hints at an allegiance with the Flyers or […]
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