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

 
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After 21 years, Pepsi Center to be renamed Ball Arena as part of new partnership 22.10.2020 Denver Post: Local
The home of the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche will be known as Ball Arena as part of a multiyear global partnership between Ball Corporation and Kroenke Sports and Entertainment.
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Editorial: Don't despair. California's fight against plastic trash is far from over 8.10.2020 LA Times: Opinion

The failure of a landmark plastic pollution bill in the Legislature in August was a setback, but not the end of the effort to reduce plastic trash.

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Building a guilt-free plastic water bottle: It's not easy 6.10.2020 LA Times: Business

Culver City-based Cove aims for a December pilot launch of what it calls the first plastic water bottle made entirely from biodegradable materials.

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Greenwashing Capitalism Won’t Heal the Planet 24.9.2020 Truthout.com
To truly heal the planet we have no alternative but to replace our current economic paradigm with a more equitable ...
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NPR Special Investigation: How Big Oil Misled the Public Into Believing Plastic Would Be Recycled 12.9.2020 Little Green Footballs
In any normal timeline, this would be fairly large news, as an NPR/PBS Frontline investigation reveals that the recycling of plastic is basically a scam . Laura Leebrick, a manager at Rogue Disposal & Recycling in southern Oregon, is standing on the end of its landfill watching an avalanche of plastic trash pour out of a semitrailer: containers, bags, packaging, strawberry containers, yogurt cups. None of this plastic will be turned into new plastic things. All of it is buried. "To me that felt like it was a betrayal of the public trust," she said. "I had been lying to people ... unwittingly." [...] Here's the basic problem: All used plastic can be turned into new things, but picking it up, sorting it out and melting it down is expensive. Plastic also degrades each time it is reused, meaning it can't be reused more than once or twice. On the other hand, new plastic is cheap. It's made from oil and gas, and it's almost always less expensive and of better quality to just start ...
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Editorial: California has the cure for the plastic plague. Let's use it 23.8.2020 LA Times: Opinion

The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the plastic trash problem. California lawmakers have the solution, and they can't put if off any longer.

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Colorado’s agriculture department issues warning about packages of mystery seeds arriving in mailboxes 28.7.2020 Denver Post: News: Local
The Colorado Department of Agriculture on Monday issued a warning about packages of mystery seeds, saying they should not be planted.
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The COVID-19 pandemic is unleashing a tidal wave of plastic waste 13.6.2020 LA Times: Nation

Activists worry that all those coronavirus masks, medical kits, takeout containers and grocery bags are setting back a global fight to curb single-use plastic.

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Editorial: The coronavirus brought back plastic bag madness. Let's make sure it's temporary 27.4.2020 LA Times: Health

California suspended its pioneering plastic bag ban because of coronavirus fears about reusable bags. That can't be a permanent backslide.

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Column One: Pet parents rejoice: These new products will take pampering to a new level 8.4.2020 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

Some of the many new contraptions on the market for pets -- or are they really for pet owners?

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Medical waste industry braces for flood of virus-contaminated trash 30.3.2020 LA Times: Environment

Bracing for an onslaught of trash contaminated by the coronavirus, medical waste haulers are seeking special exemptions.

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Your Plastic Addiction Is Bankrolling Big Oil 3.3.2020 Mother Jones
Let’s say you lost your headphones, so you order replacements on Amazon. They arrive in a blue-and-white Amazon-branded plastic envelope. Inside, there’s a clear plastic bag, and inside that, a hard plastic container, and inside that, finally, the headphones themselves, which are mostly plastic. I know the feeling that comes next: a twinge of guilt […]
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Letters to the Editor: Something we can do right now about our trash problem? Ban polystyrene 25.2.2020 LA Times: Opinion

Our plastic trash problem is out of control; one thing that can be done about it right now is banning the plastic-based foam commonly known as Styrofoam.

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Op-Ed: More than 90% of U.S. plastic waste is never recycled. Here's how we can change that 21.2.2020 LA Times: Opinion

A new bill in Congress would put the onus on plastic manufacturers to solve the plastic pollution crisis, making them design and run waste and recycling programs.

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Editorial: China is putting the U.S. to shame in the fight against plastic trash 27.1.2020 LA Times: Opinion

China's recently announced five-year plastic plan is a reminder of how behind the U.S. is when it comes to addressing the disposable plastic problem.

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Your $14 salad's not as eco-friendly as advertised — but Sweetgreen's trying 15.1.2020 L.A. Times - Technology News

Sweetgreen has long said nothing from its stores goes to landfill. On closer inspection, that's more aspiration than guarantee.

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Our addiction to stuff: How Walmart enables us to destroy the planet 23.12.2019 Raw Story
‘Tis the season when shoppers fill the malls, and UPS and FedEx trucks crowd the roads. The amount of “stuff” that moves in and out of households during the Christmas season is staggering. According to the business consulting firm Deloitte, the average American household will spend about US$1,500 during the holiday season. People will fill […]
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Editorial: Compostable plastic? Not so much 22.12.2019 LA Times: Opinion

Feeling good about that compostable cup you bought your juice in? It's very unlikely it is actually getting composted. Sorry

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Letters to the Editor: California might need a ballot initiative to fix recycling 30.11.2019 LA Times: Opinion

Until recycling centers reopen in California, the state should stop collecting a deposit for each plastic bottle. A ballot initiative should be considered.

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Editorial: The EPA's new recycling plan is straight out of 1985 24.11.2019 LA Times: Opinion

The EPA recycling plan for 2020 relies on outdated and failed thinking about waste.

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