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: Environmental Justice Issues
Category: Environmental Justice
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San Fernando Valley's Latino neighborhoods hard hit by L.A. County's COVID-19 outbreak 1.12.2020 LA Times: Health

As COVID-19 explodes, Latino neighborhoods in the San Fernando Valley face brunt of sickness, fear, despair.

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Suncor refinery north of Denver faces state review of outdated permits, plans $300 million push to be “better not bigger” 29.11.2020 Headlines: All Headlines
Suncor's refinery malfunctioned 108 times over the past five years. That's an average of about one breakdown every three weeks -- visible when putrid yellow grit wafts over Denver.
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7 Ways Biden Can Fight Climate Change Without Any Help from Congress 23.11.2020 Mother Jones
When Joe Biden delivered his first speech as president-elect two weeks ago, he focused on his mandate to “marshal the forces of science and the forces of hope in the great battles of our time.” Climate change was high on that list. After another year of unprecedented climate disasters, Biden will enter office with the most […]
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The fossil fuel industry wants you to believe it's good for people of color 23.11.2020 LA Times: Environment

The climate crisis disproportionately harms Black people, Latinos and Native Americans. But oil and gas supporters are trying to claim the moral high ground.

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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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The 'war on coal' is over. The next climate battle has just begun 17.11.2020 LA Times: Business

Joe Biden wants to reach 100% clean energy by 2035. But activists are worried he'll choose Ernest Moniz for energy secretary.

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Are Pennsylvanians as Obsessed With Fracking as Trump and Biden Think? 1.11.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in Grist and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. My home state of Pennsylvania is always on the receiving end of some heavy pandering by presidential candidates: some feeble stabs at the Sheetz vs. Wawa convenience store debate, pointlessly coy hints at an allegiance with the Flyers or […]
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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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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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Feds investigating if Chicago zoning policies are racist by protecting polluters in Black and Latino neighborhoods 21.10.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
At issue are steps taken by city agencies to benefit General Iron Industries, cq a clout-heavy scrap shredder with a long history of pollution problems.
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Healthcare for millions of Californians on the line in the election 20.10.2020 LA Times: Health

The choice between Trump and Biden on healthcare raises high stakes for California.

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Court allows Exide to abandon a toxic site in Vernon. Taxpayers will fund the cleanup 17.10.2020 LA Times: Environment

A bankruptcy court says Exide Technologies can abandon its toxic battery recycling plant in Vernon, leaving a massive cleanup to California taxpayers.

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Op-Ed: Exide's latest bid to avoid additional liability for poisoning L.A. County communities 5.10.2020 LA Times: Opinion

Bankruptcy laws are stacked in favor of corporate polluters, and the federal DOJ has made clear it intends to allow Exide to abandon its toxic Vernon facility.

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Colorado is one of just six states where Latinos are more likely to die prematurely than white residents 4.10.2020 Headlines: All Headlines
In all but six states, Hispanic Americans are less likely to die of potentially preventable causes than white Americans, according to a Denver Post analysis of data from the Commonwealth Fund's state health system scorecard.
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Op-Ed: Trump profoundly damaged our civil rights. Here's how Biden can begin restoring them 30.9.2020 LA Times: Opinion

The Trump administration has deeply damaged our civil rights laws. Here are urgent actions a Biden-Harris administration should take to reinvigorate civil rights enforcement.

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“My Friends Were Lied to”: Will Coalminers Stand by Trump as Jobs Disappear? 28.9.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in the Guardian and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. Art Sullivan is considered something of a political heretic by other coalminers in south-western Pennsylvania, where a wave of support for Donald Trump based upon his flamboyant promises of a resurgence in coal helped propel the Republican to the […]
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Black Voters Could Be Decisive Eco-Voters in the Most High Stakes Election in US History. 28.9.2020 Mother Jones
This story appeared in WURD as part of the Covering Climate Now project and is being shared through the Climate Desk Partnership. It’s not only been a summer season (now autumn) of a deadly pandemic, toxic politics, and social unrest, but the nation has been rocked by a non-stop series of environmental calamities triggered by […]
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Both Parties Used to Love the Carbon Tax. So Why Are They Giving up on It? 26.9.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in Grist and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. It was a cold February day in Salem, Oregon, and Republican state senators were fleeing the capitol. It was weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic gripped the country and kept Americans huddled inside. So members of Oregon’s legislature were […]
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How lockdown birds sang to a different tune 25.9.2020 BBC: Science
It's official, bird song did sound different during lockdown, according to a scientific study.
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The luxury air business is booming — as many Californians struggle to breathe 23.9.2020 L.A. Times - Technology News

Wealthy consumers are spending big on air filtration systems for their homes and cars as COVID-19 and wildfires rage.

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