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

 
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Scientists solve mystery of mass coho salmon deaths. The killer? A chemical from car tires 4.12.2020 LA Times: Environment

Researchers found a chemical related to vehicle tires that is responsible for killing more than half the coho salmon in Puget Sound each year.

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East African Climate Groups Help Fight the COVID-19 Crisis 3.12.2020 WRI Stories
East African Climate Groups Help Fight the COVID-19 Crisis Comments|Add Comment|PrintClimate organizations like Il’laramatak Community Concerns in Kenya are stepping up to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Agnes Leina The prevailing lockdowns and travel bans of the COVID-19 pandemic offer a critical lesson in international development: investing in local institutions is crucial to building resilience to crises. When international aid organizations evacuated their staff at the beginning... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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The fire that devastated a Sierra town created a pyrocumulus cloud. What does that mean? 20.11.2020 LA Times: Environment

Like other destructive wildfires this season, the Mountain View fire was plume-dominated. What's the science behind such clouds?

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Urban Sanitation Is a Climate and Economic Issue Too 19.11.2020 THE CITY FIX
Along the Ngong River in Mukuru, one of Nairobi’s slum neighborhoods and home to more than 100,000 people, residents face a dual threat when the rains come. First, the river rises, flooding into streets and houses. Then the water reaches ...
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How two companies are building systems to scale reuse, which is vital for a circular economy 6.11.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
How two companies are building systems to scale reuse, which is vital for a circular economy Deonna Anderson Fri, 11/06/2020 - 01:15 In the past few years, as consumers looked to cut down on plastic waste at the grocery store, more mainstream supermarkets turned to bulk shopping bins as a solution. But scoop bins quickly have become a thing of the past this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For MOM's Organic Market, a chain of family-owned and operated grocers in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States that has the purpose of protecting and restoring the environment, it was only a small adjustment. "[Our reuse] programs are all still in operation, and we're minimally impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic," said Alexandra DySard, environmental and partnership manager at MOM's Organic Market, during GreenBiz Group’s clean economy conference VERGE 20 last week. The chain has taken an innovative tack: it's still encouraging its shoppers to use reusable containers for all areas of its stores, but it's ...
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As Colorado wildfires burn, fears that climate change is causing “multi-level emergency” mount 25.10.2020 Denver Post: Local
The record-breaking forest fires burning in Colorado even as winter sets in are the latest sign climate change is hitting the West hard, causing scientists to up their rhetoric and warn it is past time to move beyond planning and start aggressively acting.
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With dry La Niña conditions, persistent Western drought looms large in winter outlook 16.10.2020 LA Times: Environment

Warmer, drier conditions are predicted for portions of the U.S. currently enduring drought.

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New Mexico’s opportunity to deliver on its bold climate goals 14.10.2020 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
In southeastern New Mexico, farmers saw temperatures that averaged seven degrees above normal in July. In Santa Fe, a wildfire charred five square miles on the outskirts of town and darkened skies for weeks. And currently, nearly three-fourths of the state is experiencing severe drought, as state officials grapple with plans to ensure critical water […]
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Water shortages in western United States more likely than previously thought 16.9.2020 Denver Post: News: Local
There's a chance water levels in the two largest man-made reservoirs in the United States could dip to critically low levels by 2025, jeopardizing the steady flow of Colorado River water that more than 40 million people rely on in the American West.
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RELEASE: New Report Finds Even the Toughest Water Security Problems Can Be Solved 2.9.2020 WRI Stories
RELEASE: New Report Finds Even the Toughest Water Security Problems Can Be Solved Report proposes solutions to severe water and security challenges in India, Iran, Iraq, the African Sahel, Central America, and Yemen Washington, DC—Water insecurity is increasing worldwide. Every day there are devastating floods, droughts and water crises around the world; and water risks are increasingly driving conflict and political instability. In most cases, these threats are not merely a consequence of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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As fire burns, activists sneak into Point Reyes to bring water to parched elk. Should they? 1.9.2020 LA Times: Environment

Is it appropriate to intervene to help wildlife amid a disaster? That question has arisen in fire-scorched Point Reyes, where Tule elk are short of water.

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As San Luis Valley’s water shortage intensifies, Gov. Jared Polis mulls climate warming adaptation 30.8.2020 Headlines: All Headlines
How to adapt to a hotter, drier world is emerging as a do-or-die mission for people living around the arid West.
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Climate change hits home in Colorado with raging wildfires, shrinking water flows and record heat 19.8.2020 Denver Post: All Political News
Climate scientists emphasized that average temperatures will continue to increase for decades due to humans burning so many fossil fuels -- coal, gas and oil -- in the past. That means impacts including wildfires, aridity, depleted streams and rivers -- with some variability -- likely will intensify.
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Trump Rewrites Standards on Showerheads After Worrying About How They’ve Affected his Hair 15.8.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in HuffPost and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. The Energy Department proposed rolling back three-decade-old efficiency standards for showerheads Wednesday following President Donald Trump‘s repeated gripes about subpar water pressure while bathing.  The plan essentially seeks to change the federal definition of a showerhead to allow manufacturers […]
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U.S. West faces reckoning over water but avoids cuts for now 14.8.2020 Headlines: All Headlines
The white rings that wrap around two massive lakes in the U.S. West are a stark reminder of how water levels are dropping and a warning that the 40 million people who rely on the Colorado River face a much drier future.
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Drought continues to expand as the monsoon in the Southwest has been largely a no-show 9.8.2020 LA Times: Environment

Dry westerly flow over Southern California has kept moisture to the south and east

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For first time in 8 years, 100% of Colorado is under drought or abnormally dry conditions 7.8.2020 Denver Post: Local
On Thursday, federal officials designated 100% of the state abnormally dry or in drought for the first time in eight years — "extreme" or "severe" in many areas — consistent with a broader transformation of the Southwest amid climate warming.
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NOAA's La Niña watch could signal a dry winter for Los Angeles 24.7.2020 LA Times: Environment

La Niña typically means dry conditions across the southern U.S. and more hurricanes in the Caribbean

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STATEMENT: Global Commission on Adaptation COVID-19 Call to Action 9.7.2020 WRI Stories
STATEMENT: Global Commission on Adaptation COVID-19 Call to Action Global Commission on Adaptation Call to Action for a Climate-Resilient Recovery from COVID-19 Download the PDF version The COVID-19 pandemic has tragically exposed the risks humanity faces and how unprepared we are to respond. People’s health, well-being, and livelihoods are all affected. These threats are multiplied by the growing impacts of the climate crisis — more extreme storms, droughts, heat waves, food crises, and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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STATEMENT: Call to Action for a Climate-Resilient Recovery from COVID-19 9.7.2020 WRI Stories
STATEMENT: Call to Action for a Climate-Resilient Recovery from COVID-19Download the PDF version The COVID-19 pandemic has tragically exposed the risks humanity faces and how unprepared we are to respond. People’s health, well-being, and livelihoods are all affected. These threats are multiplied by the growing impacts of the climate crisis — more extreme storms, droughts, heat waves, food crises, and diseases — which have not stopped. Vulnerable populations are hit hardest: The pandemic could... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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