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: NewsTrust Environment
Category: Biodiversity :: Biodiversity Threats
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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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Trump’s delusions and conspiracies are only one aspect of the distinctive American bias against reality 26.11.2020 Raw Story
On this holiday, millions of Americans are gathering around a homemade feast of comfort food, basking in the warmth of familial love and giving each other a potentially life-threatening virus. One week ago, Erin Burnett asked during the lead segment of her nightly talk show on CNN, “The CDC is warning Americans not to travel […]
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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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Kangaroos, an Australian icon, are being butchered to feed the pet food industry 22.11.2020 Raw Story
Last month, as animal lovers celebrated World Kangaroo Day (October 24), a campaign known as Save Kangaroos drew attention to an uncomfortable reality — that Chewy.com, America’s leading online pet retailer, sells pet foods that contain kangaroo meat. This article first appeared in Salon. Certainly, it is no secret that pet foods can contain a variety […]
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Factory Farms Are Poisoning Rural Communities. Will Biden Take on This Crisis? 15.11.2020 Truthout.com
Public health researchers say Biden must take action to protect the rural communities overrun by factory ...
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Letters to the Editor: Don't let climate change take California's irreplaceable redwoods 13.11.2020 LA Times: Opinion

Hopefully, the prospect of forever losing Big Basin Redwoods State Park will turn more Californians into climate activists.

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Massive iceberg threatens remote penguin sanctuary 5.11.2020 Raw Story
The world’s biggest iceberg is on a collision course with a remote South Atlantic island that is home to thousands of penguins and seals, and could impede their ability to gather food, scientists told AFP Wednesday. Icebergs naturally break off from Antarctica into the ocean, but climate change has accelerated the process — in this […]
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Scientists find chink in coral-eating starfish armor 4.11.2020 Raw Story
The discovery that coral-eating starfish are late risers and feed mostly at night could help slow the decline of the Great Barrier Reef and other shallow-water corals already ravaged by global warming, scientists reported Wednesday. Crown-of-thorns starfish suck the color and life out of corals, a favorite food, but in a healthy ecosystem their numbers […]
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U.S. Bureau of Land Management sued over plans for southwest Colorado 28.10.2020 Denver Post: Local
Environmental groups on Tuesday asked a judge to overturn a land-use plan for southwestern Colorado approved under the tenure of a Trump administration official who was later removed from a leadership post by court order.
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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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Noam Chomsky: ‘If you don’t push the lever for the Democrats, you are assisting Trump’ 18.10.2020 Raw Story
Noam Chomsky, one of the world’s foremost public intellectuals, has provided the international left with wisdom, guidance and inspiration for nearly 60 years. Proving that he operates at the locus where argumentation and activism meet, he demonstrates indispensable intellectual leadership on issues of foreign policy, democratic socialism and rejection of corporate media bromides. This article first appeared in Salon One […]
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1.8 Billion Tons More Greenhouse Gases Will Be Released, Thanks to Trump 28.9.2020 Truthout.com
A new report details the consequences of environmental policy rollbacks the Trump administration has pushed so ...
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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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Key to butterfly climate survival may be color coded 24.9.2020 Raw Story
A butterfly’s ability to absorb or reflect heat from the sun with its wings could be a matter of life and death in a warming world, according to British research published Thursday calling for gardens, parks and farms to host shady, cooling-off spots. While all butterflies are ectotherms — they cannot generate their own body […]
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Letters to the Editor: Humans have spent decades ruining forests. 'Managing' them won't help much 22.9.2020 LA Times: Opinion

Humans have cut down forests and replanted them with little regard for biodiversity. Now, climate change threatens the forests' very existence.

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Europe Drives Destruction of US Forests in the Name of Fighting Climate Change 21.9.2020 Truthout.com
U.S. forests are being chopped down to feed the EU’s voracious demand for wood pellets to generate biomass ...
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Op-Ed: Dalai Lama: It's up to us — and especially politicians — to save our planet 14.9.2020 LA Times: Commentary

Unless we act now, we will sacrifice the future of humanity for the greed of the few.

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Biologists warn of ‘extinction denial’ as latest anti-science conspiracy 14.9.2020 The Moderate Voice

Biodiversity scientists are being urged to “fight the creeping rise of extinction denial” that has spread from fringe blogs to influential media outlets and even into a U.S. Congressional hearing. The call to arms came in a paper published in Nature Ecology & Evolution last month by Alexander Lees, senior lecturer in conservation biology at […]

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This Is A Climate Change Crisis And This Election Is Our Last Chance 14.9.2020 Crooks Liars
This election isn't just about politics. It's about survival. The West Coast is burning, we're hit with numerous massive storms and tornado outbreaks, pandemics incubated by global warming, animals becoming more aggressive. Climate change is already making our lives harder in so many ways. And Trump has shredded what's left of environmental protections. This is our last chance to mitigate the damage and no, you don't get to sit this one out. This is the climate crisis election: Joe Biden is pushing by far the most aggressive plan to address climate change in U.S. presidential history. His path reflects the convergence of science, energy and activism trends. https://t.co/GkKT0WKMnK This photo is from Salem today. It was taken at ...
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World wildlife plummets more than two-thirds in 50 years: index 10.9.2020 Raw Story
Global animal, bird and fish populations have plummeted more than two-thirds in less than 50 years due to rampant over-consumption, experts said Thursday in a stark warning to save nature in order to save ourselves. Human activity has severely degraded three quarters of all land and 40 percent of Earth’s oceans, and our quickening destruction […]
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