News Roundup — Feb. 17, 2017

These are a few stories we found this week that may be of interest to institute regulars. If you have a news tip, please send it to

Low Tech News

1706 – B Corporations: Business as a force for good – Permaculture Podcast
The principles behind designing a backyard food forest – TreeHugger
Terra Alta Roundhouse – Natural Building Blog
Elements of Design – Green Abundance By Design
Affordable solar-powered device can create water out of air – TreeHugger
New cabins built for Fallingwater Institute – TreeHugger
Natural Building Workshops at Quail Springs Permaculture – Natural Building Blog
To Save The Planet, Give Cows Better Pasture – NPR
Forget about “balance” with cars; we have to prioritize walking, biking and transit – TreeHugger
Wringing Oil from Your Beverages, Food, Stuff and Heat (How to Make Your Life Less Oily in 2017, Part III) (Part II) (Part I) – Musings
Considering Leaves – Dark Mountain
[Episode #36] – Climate Science Part 1 – Energy Transition Show
How best to prepare for epidemics? Strengthen primary care – The Conversation
Germ History: Milkmaids Inspire Vaccines, But The Germs Keep Coming – NPR
The Difference Between Seedling, Grafted and Cutting Grown Fruit Trees – Deep Green Permaculture
Where the rubber hits the road: biking in all seasons – An Outside Chance
Oslo, Norway, is giving residents $1200 toward purchasing an electric cargo bike – TreeHugger
Modern rammed earth home echoes region’s natural cave dwellings – TreeHugger
Apple Will Fight ‘Right to Repair’ Legislation – Vice

Environmental News

Mutated Fish Still Haunt Louisiana’s Fishermen After the BP Oil Spill – Vice: Motherboard
Wind power is beating the pants off of other renewables – Grist
Grisly Cleanup Follows Deaths of 400 Whales in New Zealand – New York Times
The West’s coal giant is closing way ahead of schedule – Grist

Research News

Guest post: Why NOAA updates its sea surface temperature record – Carbon Brief
How New York City Gets Its Electricity – New York Times
Scientist at work: Tracking muskoxen in a warming Arctic – The Conversation
Animating global sea ice changes – Climate Lab Book
This new battery runs on seawater – TreeHugger
90 Percent Of Fish We Use For Fishmeal Could Be Used To Feed Humans Instead – NPR
Claims About Yogurt’s “Good Bacteria” Might Be Overblown – Mother Jones
Canada’s Melting Glaciers Are Causing Sea Level Rise Around the World – Vice: Motherboard


Sure, pipelines are good for oil companies, but what about jobs related to preserving nature and culture? – The Conversation
What do gorilla suits and blowfish fallacies have to do with climate change? – The Conversation
Does embodied energy really matter in green building? – TreeHugger
Is the ‘Anthropocene’ Epoch a Condemnation of Human Interference — or a Call for More? – New York Times
Focus on Positive Solutions – Natural Building Blog
Disruption to oil demand may be much closer than you think – TreeHugger
Are fossil fuel companies telling investors enough about the risks of climate change? – The Conversation
Energy and Environmental Regulation in the Age of Trump: The Role of the States – Civil Notion

Disclaimer: The news stories and posts linked above are not meant as an endorsement of the information presented. They are provided as they may be of interest to our readers and further our aims of solutions for a post-fossil-fuel world. We strive to provide fact-based information. If you feel that political views are being presented in a partisan fashion, we are happy to provide equal time to opposing view points as long as they are derived from verifiable data and facts.

¹Opinion pieces represent the independent thought of their authors and may or may not represent the position of the Low Technology Institute.

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