News Roundup — Mar. 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

Mozzarella Magic: How My Father And I Learned To Separate Curds And Whey -NPR
Cyclists Took 28 Million Bike-Share Trips In The U.S. In 2016, Group Says – NPR
1709 – Regenerative Agriculture with Ethan Roland – Permaculture Podcast
What rural Alaska can teach the world about renewable energy – Ensia
The Gluten-Free Craze Is a Symptom of a Bigger Problem With Medicine – Mother Jones
High-Tech Greenhouse Has Neighbors Throwing Shade Over Light Pollution – NPR
Example of $2,000 DIY Hybrid Natural Home – Natural Building Blog
How to clean smelly gym clothes – TreeHugger
Make your own delicious, beautiful raisins – TreeHugger
Oregon Lumber Community Looks To Trump And Innovation To Survive – NPR
Pompeii Oven with Earthbag Base – Natural Building Blog
Who needs money when you can barter? – TreeHugger
Forget ‘spark joy.’ How about ‘use it up’? – TreeHugger
Why EROEI Matters: the Role of Net Energy in the Survival of Civilization – Resilience
Please walk your kid to school instead of driving – TreeHugger
Earthbag Workshop at Sustainable Life School – Natural Building Blog
On soap-free living – TreeHugger
Worldwide solar power growth increased by 50 percent in 2016 – TreeHugger

Environmental News

Now under attack, EPA’s work on climate change has been going on for decades – The Conversation
There’s a lot more oil to keep in the ground all of a sudden – Grist
You’ll never want to buy synthetic clothing after watching ‘The Story of Microfibers’ – TreeHugger
The Great Barrier Reef Is in Far More Peril Than Previously Thought – Mother Jones
Eco-activists Vandalize a Trump Golf Course – Earth First!
Climate activists carved a clever message into a Trump golf course – Grist
No, big snowstorms like this aren’t normal – Grist

Research News

Top 12 pesticide-contaminated fruits and vegetables – TreeHugger
Neanderthals Used Penicillin and Aspirin To Treat Ailments –
How Lemonade Helped Paris Fend Off Plague And Other Surprising ‘Food Fights’ – NPR
How Does A Nepalese Sherpa Carry So Much Weight? – NPR
Is organic always better? It’s not as clear-cut as you might think.- Grist
A big pawprint: The environmental impact of pet food – The Conversation
Humans face a shocking, chemical-induced reproductive crisis – TreeHugger
Tesla supplying solar power to Hawaii all day and all of the night – TreeHugger


How we can turn railroads into a climate solution – Grist
Nobody’s Gonna Eat Lab-Grown Meat Just Because It’s Better for the Planet – Vice: Motherboard
Clean Energy and Environmental Policy: Trading Places – Civil Notion
Should architects say bye to the bay window? – TreeHugger

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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