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: irge304 Topic: Biodiversity
Category: Biodiversity
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Humans waging 'suicidal war' on nature - UN chief Antonio Guterres 2.12.2020 BBC News - Science & Environment
Secretary General Antonio Guterres says our "war" on the natural world will come back to haunt us.
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Small waters 'can help address biodiversity crisis' 2.12.2020 BBC: Front Page
Experts call for urgent action to protect England's smallest freshwater sites, from ponds to streams.
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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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The battle to save a biodiversity hotspot in India 29.11.2020 BBC: World
Environmentalists in India's Goa state are fighting projects they say will turn it into a coal hub.
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Whale skeleton discovered in Thailand thought to be 5,000 years old 27.11.2020 BBC: World
Archaeologists believe the bones are as old as 5,000 years and remarkably well preserved.
These Rare Seeds Escaped Syria’s War and Now Are Helping to Feed the World 23.11.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in Wired and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. In 2014, the remaining staff of the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas, or ICARDA, fled their beloved gene bank in Tel Hadia, 20 miles south of Aleppo. Syria’s civil war, which had broken out three years […]
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Global map of bees created in conservation first 20.11.2020 BBC: Science
The data will help protect vital pollinators and could lead to new bee discoveries, say scientists.
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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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Extra £40m for green spaces in England, Boris Johnson pledges 15.11.2020 BBC News - Science & Environment
Funding will support thousands of jobs, as part of a green recovery from Covid, the government says.
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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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Birds' genetic secrets revealed in global DNA study 11.11.2020 BBC News - Science & Environment
Scientists have sequenced the "code of life" of species from almost every branch of the bird family tree.
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Cuilcagh Mountain: Coconut logs form dams to fight climate change 6.11.2020 BBC: Front Page
The logs flown in by helicopter will be used to build dams on Cuilcagh Mountain.
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The Somali man who has a scorpion named after him 4.11.2020 BBC: World
Somali environmentalist Ahmed Ibrahim Awale hopes it will inspire African researchers.
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Bushfire koalas going back to the wild 3.11.2020 BBC: World
Thousands of creatures were killed and injured in last summer's blazes on South Australia's Kangaroo Island.
Rescue operations underway in the San Gabriel Mountains for rare species marooned by wildfire 1.11.2020 LA Times: Environment

Several hastily arranged operations hope to save rare species that could be wiped out by winter rains in Angeles National Forest fire zones.

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Cheaper to prevent pandemics than 'cure' them 29.10.2020 BBC News - Science & Environment
Preventing pandemics could be more than 100 times cheaper than tackling their deadly effects.
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Illinois launches statewide plan to boost monarch butterfly population: ‘If enough people get on board, we can turn this thing around’ 23.10.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
In a 2014 petition to list the monarch butterfly under the Endangered Species Act, the number of monarchs was estimated at 35 million, down from 1 billion butterflies east of the Rockies less than 20 years earlier.
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Galapagos Islands | With tour boats moored due to the coronavirus pandemic, the animals are out 18.10.2020 L.A. Times - World News

The Galapagos marine reserve faces threats from industrial fishing, climate change and a drastic drop in tourism and funding for conservation.

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Boris Johnson will pledge £160m for offshore wind power 6.10.2020 BBC: Front Page
The PM will tell the Conservative Party conference he plans to "build back greener" and create jobs.
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Climate: The week Boris Johnson turned green, or did he? 3.10.2020 BBC News - Science & Environment
Are Boris Johnson's pledges at this week's UN general assembly a landmark for the environment?
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