News Roundup — Mar. 24, 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

Want To Eat Green For St. Patrick’s Day? Do It The Irish Way — With Seaweed – NPR
Helping Others Eschew Oil (How to Make Your Life Less Oily in 2017, Part IV) – Musings
The Natural Farmer – Healing Damaged Land – Natural Building Blog
Gay Gordon-Byrne Is the Ringleader of the ‘Right to Repair’ Movement – Vice: Motherboard
#CuriousGoat: How To Prepare For A Pandemic – NPR
The Foxfire Book Series That Preserved Appalachian Foodways – NPR
The secret to cooking amazing vegetables – TreeHugger
1710 – The Art of Frugal Hedonism – Permaculture Podcast
Energy in the Peasant’s Republic of Wessex – Resilience
Salvaged Timber Trusses – Natural Building Blog
Wood fibers make for cheap, portable water filtration – TreeHugger
New clothing care label wants you to stop overwashing – TreeHugger
Moving to Scenic Tourist Towns – Natural Building Blog
Meet the fixer: This Brooklynite retrofits cities – Grist
New study shows that “scofflaw cyclists” don’t break the law any more than drivers – TreeHugger
To reduce obesity and depression, we need more nature in our lives – Grist
[Episode #39] – Transition in Australia– Energy Transition Show
A crowd-sourced, revolving solar fund wins DOE backing – TreeHugger

Environmental News

Proposed budget cuts would make many environmental laws basically unenforceable – Vice News
In-depth: What Donald Trump’s budget means for US spending on climate change – Carbon Brief
A New Zealand River Now Has The Legal Rights Of A Human – NPR
Did You Even Hear About These Crazy Wildfires in the Midwest? – Mother Jones
Carbon emissions stayed flat in 2016, which is good news but not great news – Vice News
Why Keeping CO2 Emissions Stable Won’t Save Us From Climate Change – Vice: Motherboard
Your Cereal Is Sending You a Subliminal Message to Help Bees – Vice: Motherboard
Want to eat fish that’s truly good for you? Here are some guidelines to reeling one in – The Conversation
Pipeline Company Reports “physical attacks” Along Route as Oil Set to Flow – Earth First!
Does ‘green energy’ have hidden health and environmental costs?  – The Conversation
Trump Lays Plans to Reverse Obama’s Climate Change Legacy –  New York Times
The EPA is still cleaning up brownfields. So that’s something – Grist
Burning coal for electricity continues its steep slide into history – Grist
New coal plants dropped by two-thirds last year – Grist
Arctic’s Winter Sea Ice Drops to Its Lowest Recorded Level – New York Times

Research News

Climate change is literally sickening, doctors say – Vice News
Coral reef bleaching – Climate Lab Book
We Might Soon Resurrect Extinct Species. Is It Worth the Cost? – New York Times
Why do I feel chilly? – Lean Green Consulting
Seven things that need to happen to keep global temperature rise below 2C – Carbon Brief
Why you should sleep in a cool bedroom – TreeHugger


Climate change is more than a tech problem, so we need more than a tech solution – Ensia
The Future of Clean Energy and Environmental Programs / When the Past is No Longer Prologue – Civil Notion
Our streets may be clogged with self-driving cars – TreeHugger
We Should All Be Drinking Recycled Pee – Vice: Motherboard

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