News Roundup — Jan. 20, 2017

Low Tech News

Building Without Nails: The Genius of Japanese Carpentry (VIDEO) – Natural Building Blog
This startup’s wind generator flaps its wings like a hummingbird – TreeHugger
Newlywed Life in a Tiny Grain Silo Home – Natural Building Blog
At Repair Cafes, ‘Beloved but Broken’ Possessions Find New Life (VIDEO) – New York Times
5 ways to use leftover coffee – TreeHugger
Why is Denmark so successful at reducing food waste? – TreeHugger
Seattle Bike Share system is being shut down –  TreeHugger
IKEA’s $400 flat-pack city bike will hit US stores in February – TreeHugger
Why America Is Growing The Most Sweet Potatoes Since WWII – NPR
Msambweni Earthbag Project – Natural Building Blog

Environmental News

The California drought is on its way out, but deeper droughts lie ahead –  Grist
Charges Dropped Against Line 9 Valve Turners –  Earth First!Newswire
Organic Chickens Get More Room To Roam – NPR
Scott Pruitt falters on basic science at EPA hearing – Grist
EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt Acknowledges Existence Of Climate Change – NPR

Research News

How Chickens Shifted From Sacred To Diet Staple – NPR
6 fascinating facts about chickens –  TreeHugger
How Do Trees Collaborate? (VIDEO) – NPR and TED
2016 Was The Hottest Year Yet, Scientists Declare – NPR
The Most Popular Theory About What Causes Obesity May Be Very Wrong (AUDIO) – Mother Jones
A Superbug That Resisted 26 Antibiotics – NPR
High temperatures to hit staple crops in the US this century, study says – Carbon Brief
Why Is Extensively Drug-Resistant TB On The Rise? – NPR


How Can We Overcome Our Laziness and Save the Planet? – Vice
Canaries in the Coal Mine – Civil Notion
The Twelve Days (and Months) of Climate Justice Day Nine: The Simple Logic of the End of Fossil Fuels (Again) – Resilience
Scientists Concerned For Future Of National Labs As Rick Perry Seeks Top Energy Post – NPR

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2 thoughts on “News Roundup — Jan. 20, 2017

  1. Hi Scott, Who does the Research news roundup? You as usual, I imagine–wonderful choices! I’ve written about many of them but have had the devil of a time getting them out there. (Superbugs including TB, interviewed Sandra Simard years & years ago, why capitalism must be abolished if we’re to save anything–one of your OP ed links). Just wonderful that they’re there, but also so new stuff that fascinates me. I’ve been upset that people only joke about chickens and never notice how incredibly sentient (and emotional) they are, so good to hear that’s finally changing.

    I’ve been asking colleagues to look into sending you papers for the Journal. Also warmly recommended your website to the group of 150 McGill students attracted to a WWF panel I was on last week (on radical societal value change). How is the Journal going? And…do you now have a home of any kind, either for yourselves or for the Institute? Keep me posted when you can. Best, Holly

    1. Hello Holly,
      Thanks so much for the kind words. Some day I hope to have help with the roundup, and I’m always happy if folks have recommendations for news stories to send in. Of course it’d be great to have any of your writing on the blog or in the more formal outlets.
      Thanks also for recommending the site and journal to others. I’ve had to focus on the farm hunt and day-to-day outputs recently, but once we get settled, I’ll be pushing on both the bulletin and journal again. News on that soon, I hope.
      Till soon, Scott

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