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: newstrust Topic: Global Warming
Category: Impacts :: Disease
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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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Joe Biden’s Budding Cabinet: Deep Experience, Expertise, Character, Diversity, Crisis-Tested 25.11.2020 The Moderate Voice

(Long title: “Biden’s Budding Cabinet: Deep Experience, Expertise, Character, Diversity, Crisis-Tested – Not Loyalists, Bootlickers, Cronies, Big Donors, Little Minds”) In an op-ed article in June, Biden wrote: Across the board — from our classrooms to our courtrooms to the president’s cabinet — we have to make sure that our leadership and our institutions actually […]

The post Joe Biden’s Budding Cabinet: Deep Experience, Expertise, Character, Diversity, Crisis-Tested appeared first on The Moderate Voice.

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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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Editorial: Biden's presidency will face Republican obstruction, but he can still bring science back to Washington 13.11.2020 LA Times: Opinion

There's one area where Biden could unravel a lot of Trump administration damage fairly quickly and easily: Biden can bring respect for science back to Washington.

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Trump’s Attacks on Science Have Scarred Our Public Institutions 22.10.2020 Truthout.com
The damage under Trump is the culmination of the GOP’s longstanding war on science for the benefit of ...
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Deadly Bacteria in Coastal Waters Causes a Flesh-Eating Disease. Climate Change Is Making It Worse. 20.10.2020 Mother Jones
This story was published in partnership with the Center for Public Integrity, Columbia Journalism Investigations, and McClatchy Newspapers. In October 2018, three weeks after Hurricane Florence pummelled swaths of North Carolina, Eddie Clinton was in the kitchen of his Louisburg home. The retired schoolteacher opened a cooler full of shrimp from an acquaintance who went […]
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Letters to the Editor: Mike Pence, like Trump, is incapable of following debate rules 8.10.2020 LA Times: Opinion

Mike Pence interrupted Kamala Harris and frequently spoke longer than his allotted time, similar to Trump's performance in his debate.

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Bacteria infection blamed for further elephant deaths in Zimbabwe 29.9.2020 Raw Story
Twelve more elephants have died in Zimbabwe, taking the total death toll from a suspected bacterial infection outbreak to 34, wildlife authorities have said, days after scientists blamed water toxins for hundreds of elephant deaths in neighboring Botswana. “A total of 34 carcasses have been found… but some others have not been located,” Zimbabwe Parks […]
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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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Trump slams China in U.N. speech echoing his campaign themes 23.9.2020 LA Times: Nation

President Trump hit China unusually hard in a video address to a virtual United Nations General Assembly, with two audiences in mind: global and U.S. voters.

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Leading media expert tells Bill Moyers why presidents lie — and you’ll never believe who’s the worst 17.9.2020 Raw Story
ANNOUNCER: Welcome to Moyers on Democracy. Want to know why presidents lie – and which one is the worst? You’ve come to the right place. The prolific Eric Alterman is with us: historian, scholar, journalist and media critic, he has just published his 11th book: LYING IN STATE. That’s L-Y-I-N-G. And with it Alterman has […]
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Joe Biden sets up clash with Trump over virus vaccine 16.9.2020 Raw Story
Presidential hopeful Joe Biden will address how to develop and distribute an effective Covid-19 vaccine Wednesday, challenging the optimistic predictions of his rival Donald Trump, whom the Democrat accuses of lying to Americans about the pandemic threat. Whether the Trump administration can hurry a safe vaccine into wide production has become a focal point of […]
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Editorial: California is leading again on clean trucks and cleaner air 30.8.2020 LA Times: Opinion

California has taken big steps toward slashing emissions from heavy-duty diesel trucks that contribute heavily to smog, soot and planet-warming gases.

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Feeling the consequences of Trump’s rotten presidency first hand 27.8.2020 Raw Story
My wife and I have been warned that we may need to evacuate because of fires ravaging the Bay Area. The climate crisis is to blame for these fires, which are growing in number and intensity every year. It’s also to blame for the increasing number and virulence of hurricanes now hitting the Gulf and […]
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Coronavirus pandemic leaves Amazon more vulnerable than ever 6.8.2020 Raw Story
The indigenous peoples of the Amazon have already seen their homelands ravaged by illegal deforestation, industrial farming, mining, oil exploration and unlawful occupation of their ancestral territories. Now, the coronavirus pandemic has magnified their plight, just as the forest fires are raging once more. The Amazon, the world’s largest tropical rainforest, is a vital resource […]
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Without urgent action, study warns, climate crisis could kill as many people as all infectious diseases combined by 2100 4.8.2020 Raw Story
“We are studying the risk of death faced by our own children.” A new study warns that the annual global death rate from the climate crisis could equal or even exceed current mortality levels from all infectious diseases combined by the end of the century if bold action is not taken. “We are studying the […]
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How a ‘Heat Dome’ Forms—and Why This One Is So Perilous 21.7.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in Wired and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. A perfect storm of crises is forming across the United States. Above our heads, a “heat dome” of high pressure could blast 80 percent of the continental US with temperatures over 90 degrees for the next few weeks. This coming in […]
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Trump is trying to do to Anthony Fauci what rightwingers did to Al Gore — but it’s not working 15.7.2020 Raw Story
It’s no exaggeration to say that Republicans bought themselves years of getting away with ignoring and denying climate science by calling former Vice President Al Gore mean names. Beginning in the ’80s, Gore, with his earnestly nerdy persona, had become the face of a growing movement to raise the alarm about the rapidly warming planet […]
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Here’s why local leaders wield tremendous power — and why coronavirus cases vary wildly between states 27.6.2020 Raw Story
The federal government’s incoherent response to the pandemic has left public health in the hands of states. Just as the spread of coronavirus varies tremendously among different countries with different politics and policies, so, too, is this observable among U.S. states. This article originally appeared at Salon.  So far more than 124,000 people have died from COVID-19 […]
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Trump’s coronavirus crisis and George Floyd’s killing expose America’s self-destructive habit of ignoring issues until they explode 25.6.2020 Raw Story
People from all cultures, in every walk of life, rely on stability. As much as possible, we form patterns and habits that are oriented towards keeping things the same. Regularity is an integral element of survival. Dramatic change holds inherent risks, and refraining from acting impulsively is usually a good instinct. When we take the […]
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