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 Threats
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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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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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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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Plastics an 'unfolding disaster' for US marine life 19.11.2020 BBC News - US & Canada
For the first time, advocates have tracked how animals in US waters are harmed by plastic pollution.
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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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Letters to the Editor: Don't let climate change take California's irreplaceable redwoods 13.11.2020 LA Times: Opinion

Hopefully, the prospect of forever losing Big Basin Redwoods State Park will turn more Californians into climate activists.

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Climate change: Protecting the rainforest through your shopping basket 11.11.2020 BBC: Science
Green groups welcome the UK's plan to outlaw the import of food and other goods from protected areas.
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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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Gentoo penguins are four species, not one 5.11.2020 BBC: Science
Counting the birds as four species will help conservation efforts, and threats from climate change.
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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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U.S. Bureau of Land Management sued over plans for southwest Colorado 28.10.2020 Denver Post: Local
Environmental groups on Tuesday asked a judge to overturn a land-use plan for southwestern Colorado approved under the tenure of a Trump administration official who was later removed from a leadership post by court order.
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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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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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Great Barrier Reef has lost half of its corals since 1995 14.10.2020 BBC: Front Page
Every type of coral has declined since 1995 because of climate change, an Australian study finds.
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Covid: Why bats are not to blame, say scientists 13.10.2020 BBC: Front Page
Bats have been scapegoated by humans for centuries, with Covid only the latest example, say scientists.
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'Real and imminent' extinction risk to whales 10.10.2020 BBC: Science
A letter signed by hundreds of scientists calls for global action to protect whales, dolphins and porpoises.
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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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Wildfire ravaged this rancher's cattle and maybe his family legacy. He blames politics 3.10.2020 LA Times: Environment

The North Complex fire killed this rancher's herd of cattle, and five generations of a family legacy. He blames forest management, climate change and the politics of division.

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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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Biodiversity: Why the nature crisis matters, in five graphics 30.9.2020 BBC: Science
Human destruction of nature has led to the extinction of many plants and animals.
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