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 :: Endangered Species
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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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Op-Ed: Want to avoid pandemics? Eliminate factory farming 30.11.2020 LA Times: Opinion

Denmark's minks were just the latest example of why cramming animals together is dangerous to humans.

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Good News! Endangered Vancouver Island Marmots Are Making a Comeback! 29.11.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in Canada’s National Observer and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. Vancouver Island marmots may just be the antidote required for the dystopian times we are living in. If you must be trapped inside during this current winter of discontent, alone at a desk, scrolling through hours of […]
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Op-Ed: One of America's great wildernesses is being destroyed, bit by bit, in a silent massacre 29.11.2020 LA Times: Opinion

Unlike most of the nation's great river systems, the Mobile Basin has survived with its rich biodiversity mostly intact. That is changing.

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At Sea and in Court, the Fight to Save the World’s Rarest Whales Intensifies 26.11.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in Yale Environment 360 and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. Artie Raslich has been volunteering for seven years with the conservation group Gotham Whale, working on the American Princess, a whale-watching boat based in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. In that time Raslich, a professional photographer, has glimpsed a […]
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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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Florida’s Matt Gaetz says Trump should self-pardon himself — and also pardon Joe Exotic 25.11.2020 Raw Story
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) on Tuesday told the audience watching Fox News that Donald Trump should attempt a self-pardon to keep himself from being charged for federal crimes. “President Trump should pardon Michael Flynn,” Gaetz said of the former National Security Advisor who was convicted of lying to the FBI. He then suggested that in […]
The mink link: How COVID-19 mutations in animals affect human health and vaccine effectiveness 23.11.2020 Raw Story
The importance of commercially raised animals in the COVID-19 pandemic has received much attention in the past few weeks, when a new variant of SARS-CoV-2 was detected in farmed mink. Unfortunately, mink tend to be relatively susceptible to respiratory infections, and these can readily spread through mink farms due to high-density housing. Data from from […]
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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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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Count on Biden to Restore the National Monuments Trump Trashed 13.11.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in HuffPost and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. President Donald Trump‘s legacy on public lands is a four-year war against protected wild places, which has included dismantling Utah’s Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments.  That legacy will follow him long after he’s out of the White House. […]
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Newly discovered primate in Myanmar ‘already facing extinction’ 11.11.2020 Raw Story
In a rare find, scientists have identified a new species of primate, a lithe tree-dweller living in the forests of central Myanmar with a mask-like face framed by a shock of unruly grey hair. The Popa langur — named for an extinct volcano home to its largest population, some 100 individuals — has been around […]
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Column: A Biden victory would put an end to Trump appointees vandalizing their own agencies 4.11.2020 LA Times: Business

Trump appointees aimed to dismantle their own agencies, at the public's expense.

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After wolves rebound across the West, future up to voters 2.11.2020 Headlines: All Headlines
The saucer-sized footprints in the mud around the bloody, disemboweled bison carcass were unmistakable: wolves.
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Opponents of Trump’s Border Wall Are Getting Out the Vote in Texas 2.11.2020 Truthout.com
Canvassers are building opposition to the wall among affected communities in a newly competitive state in the 2020 ...
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Trump administration ends protections for iconic gray wolf 30.10.2020 Raw Story
US President Donald Trump’s administration on Thursday removed endangered species protections for the gray wolf, paving the way for the iconic predator to be more widely hunted. The move was slammed by conservation groups, which said that while wolf numbers have partly recovered since the animal was first listed in 1974, they remain “functionally extinct” […]
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Trump administration lifts endangered species protection for wolves 29.10.2020 Denver Post: Local
The Trump administration on Thursday ended endangered species protection for gray wolves nationwide, rankling conservationists who contend wolves still are vulnerable -- and raising the stakes in Colorado's wolf reintroduction ballot battle in next week's election.
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Trump cabinet official’s press secretary stuns internet by slamming ‘rotten stench’ of Obama administration 28.10.2020 Raw Story
Many on social media were stunned Tuesday evening after reading a tweet from the verified account Department of the Interior’s press secretary. It started when Interior Secretary David Bernhardt posted a tweet promoting President Donald Trump, which some say called overly political and others suggested appeared to violate the Hatch Act. The @realDonaldTrump Administration has […]
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Trump’s Interior Department throws tantrum after being called out for ‘propaganda video’ 28.10.2020 Raw Story
President Donald Trump’s Department of the Interior angrily lashed out on Tuesday after being criticized for spreading a “propaganda video” one week before the election. It started when controversial Interior Secretary David Bernhardt posted a campaign-style video on Twitter, arguing Trump is a conservationist. The @realDonaldTrump Administration has accomplished historic feats for conservation, securing the […]
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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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