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: irge304 Topic: Biodiversity
Category: Protection :: Wildlife Protection
Last updated: Dec 05 2020 03:46 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Protected River Lugg was 'bulldozed' in 'wildlife crime' 5.12.2020 BBC: Front Page
The Herefordshire Wildlife Trust says the damage caused was a "crime against the environment".
Mountain pine tree that feeds grizzlies is threatened by climate change, beatles 2.12.2020 Denver Post: News: Local
Climate change, voracious beetles and disease are imperiling the long-term survival of a high-elevation pine tree that’s a key source of food for some grizzly bears and found across the West, U.S. officials said Tuesday.
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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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Brexit: Ministers unveil next steps in England's farming policy 30.11.2020 BBC: Science
The government says the post-Brexit plans for farm payments are the most significant for 50 years.
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Good News! Endangered Vancouver Island Marmots Are Making a Comeback! 29.11.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in Canada’s National Observer and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. Vancouver Island marmots may just be the antidote required for the dystopian times we are living in. If you must be trapped inside during this current winter of discontent, alone at a desk, scrolling through hours of […]
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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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WWF vows to 'do more' after human rights abuse reports 25.11.2020 BBC: World
The conservation charity is accused of working with guards who allegedly tortured and killed people.
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New rules for Arctic shipping 'a missed opportunity' 21.11.2020 BBC: Science
Environmental groups say new regulations on ships carrying polluting oils in the Arctic don't go far enough.
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World's only known white giraffe fitted with tracker to deter poachers 18.11.2020 BBC: Science
Rangers are tracking the giraffe in north-east Kenya, after poachers killed his family members.
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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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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After wolves rebound across the West, future up to voters 2.11.2020 Headlines: All Headlines
The saucer-sized footprints in the mud around the bloody, disemboweled bison carcass were unmistakable: wolves.
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Great Fox-Spider rediscovered on MoD land in Surrey 31.10.2020 BBC: Front Page
The Great Fox-Spider had not been seen since the early 1990s and was feared extinct in the UK.
Trump administration lifts endangered species protection for wolves 29.10.2020 Denver Post: Local
The Trump administration on Thursday ended endangered species protection for gray wolves nationwide, rankling conservationists who contend wolves still are vulnerable -- and raising the stakes in Colorado's wolf reintroduction ballot battle in next week's election.
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Trump administration expected to drop gray wolf from endangered species list 29.10.2020 LA Times: Environment

Federal officials say the gray wolf no longer needs protection. But conservationists disagree and are preparing to challenge the decision in court.

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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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HS2: Moving ancient woodland habitat for rail line flawed, ecologists say 23.10.2020 BBC: Science
Soil is being "translocated" to new sites but ecologists question whether the process is effective.
Op-Ed: Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court could shred environmental protections 22.10.2020 LA Times: Opinion

It was disturbing to hear her describe climate change as 'a very contentious matter of public debate' rather than as scientifically established fact.

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