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: Environmental Justice Issues
Category: Pollution
Last updated: Nov 30 2020 09:49 IST RSS 2.0
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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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Why India can't stop farmers burning stubble 30.11.2020 BBC: Front Page
The toxic fumes from stubble burning affects hundreds of millions - but curbs to stop it keep failing.
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Suncor refinery north of Denver faces state review of outdated permits, plans $300 million push to be “better not bigger” 29.11.2020 Headlines: All Headlines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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Indoor dining restrictions aren’t helping Colorado’s recycling problem 29.11.2020 Denver Post: Local
As exploding COVID-19 numbers close down indoor dining in more than two dozen Colorado counties, restaurants are once again turning to pickup and delivery orders as their lifeline to staying in business. But with that surge in to-go eating comes yet another -- if rarely mentioned -- scourge of the COVID-19 pandemic: mounds and mounds of takeaway trash.
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Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah: 'Did air pollution kill my daughter?' 29.11.2020 BBC: Front Page
A new inquest into the death of Ella Adoo-Kissi-Debrah could list air pollution as a cause of her death.
Letters to the Editor: Why a 1-penny tax on plastic containers is hugely unfair 26.11.2020 LA Times: Opinion

The companies and shareholders that profited from cheap disposable plastic containers should pay for cleanup, not consumers.

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General Motors drops support for Trump in pollution fight, says it backs goals of president-elect 24.11.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
GM CEO Mary Barra said in a letter to environmental groups that the company agrees with President-elect Joe Biden’s plan to expand electric vehicle use.
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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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Students create device to capture car tyre microplastic debris 21.11.2020 BBC: World
We hear a lot about single-use plastics like bottles and packaging but tyre wear is a big problem.
Donegal: Ministers shocked at peat slide devastation 21.11.2020 BBC: Science
Ministers visited the scene of a huge peat slide on the Tyrone Donegal border.
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 Caribbean islands poisoned by a carcinogenic pesticide 20.11.2020 BBC: Science
On Martinique and Guadeloupe a pesticide has poisoned the soil and water and caused many cases of prostate cancer.
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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Green targets: Do governments meet them? 18.11.2020 BBC: Front Page
As the UK government unveils new environmental targets, what about the previous ones?
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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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Here’s What a Republican Senate Really Means for the Climate 16.11.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in The Guardian and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. Climate advocates rejoicing at Joe Biden’s presidential victory are also quietly absorbing the blow of Republicans possibly keeping control of the US Senate—which would kneecap significant efforts to fight globe-heating pollution. If Joe Biden is president and Congress […]
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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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Five things Joe Biden can do to fight climate change — without Congress' help 8.11.2020 LA Times: Environment

A divided Congress could make climate action harder, but there's a huge amount Joe Biden can do on his own.

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General Iron scrap shredder pays $18,000 fine for explosion, noxious air pollution on the North Side 3.11.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
The legal settlement with Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s administration comes as General Iron Industries seeks final city approval to move from wealthy, predominantly white Lincoln Park to a low-income, mostly Latino neighborhood on the Southeast Side.
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