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 :: Conservation Efforts
Last updated: Dec 02 2020 21:47 IST RSS 2.0
 
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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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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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Public's help sought after rare birds stolen from California zoo 1.12.2020 BBC News - US & Canada
The pigeon and cockatoo are both elderly long-time zoo residents that require special care.
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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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Surprise discovery of rare plant at Norfolk 'ghost pond' 28.11.2020 BBC News - Science & Environment
A rare wetland plant has reappeared after not being seen for more than a century.
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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Platypus habitat 'has shrunk by 22%' since 1990 23.11.2020 BBC: World
The unique mammal is at risk of disappearing from some Australian waterways, research finds.
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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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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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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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Endangered species: Gunshot detection technology deployed 18.11.2020 BBC: Technology
The project uses audio recordings and AI to identify where a gun was fired from.
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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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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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Newly discovered primate 'already facing extinction' 11.11.2020 BBC News - Science & Environment
Historical museum specimens have helped to solve a long standing scientific monkey puzzle.
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Back from the dead: Race to save Romania's 65 million-year-old fish 8.11.2020 BBC: World
The nocturnal, prehistoric Asprete has teetered on the brink of extinction for decades.
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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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