News Roundup — Mar. 10, 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

Thinking about building a geodesic dome? Don’t. – TreeHugger
The Most Useful Tool on the Modern Farm is Data – Vice: Motherboard
Heat Storage Hypocausts: Air Heating in the Middle Ages – Low-Tech Magazine
Famines in the 21st century? It’s not for lack of food – The Conversation
4 lessons learned from a year of extreme frugality – TreeHugger
Lead is back on the menu for those who hunt and fish – TreeHugger
Creating Community: The Growing Abundance Project – Milkwood Permaculture Blog
$2,000 DIY Tiny Houses – Natural Building Blog
Cutting food waste helps companies profit – Grist
New Mexico Tiny House Bill Passes 66-0 – Natural Building Blog
Do we really need to double food production by 2050? Actually … no. – Grist
[Episode #38] – Getting from Here to There – Energy Transition Show
This man is cloning old-growth redwoods and planting them in safe places (video) – TreeHugger
Netting Fruit Trees for Pest Control – Deep Green Permaculture

Environmental News

Spring just keeps getting earlier. Guess what’s behind it? – Grist
Antarctica’s sea ice just hit the lowest level ever seen. – Grist
Scientists Say Fracking Regulations Probably Helped Reduce Manmade Earthquakes –  Vice: Motherboard
UK CO2 emissions fall to Victorian-era levels – TreeHugger
Farmers Fight Environmental Regulations – NPR
Permafrost Collapse – Vice
“Science” is no longer part of the EPA science office’s mission – Grist
Spring Came Early. Scientists Say Climate Change Is a Culprit. – New York Times

Research News

Heating our homes kills 10,000 Americans per year – TreeHugger
Modern hunter-gathers relocate to maximize foraging efficiency, study finds – ScienceDaily
Why We Can’t Look Away From Our Screens – New York Times
700+ native bee species spiraling toward extinction – TreeHugger
Plants could be supercharged to absorb more carbon dioxide – TreeHugger
Most Americans think climate change is happening – to somebody else – TreeHugger
Forbidding Forecast For Lyme Disease In The Northeast – NPR
The Secret to a Really Crisp Apple – New York Times


Energy efficiency isn’t enough anymore – TreeHugger
Communicating climate change: Focus on the framing, not just the facts – The Conversation
Why we should pay far more for clothes – TreeHugger
Scientific theories aren’t mere conjecture – to survive they must work – The Conversation
Personal solutions can’t save the planet – TreeHugger

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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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