News Roundup — May 19, 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

New American study confirms: Physically separated bike lanes are crucial for safety – TreeHugger
Food Co-ops + Collectives: 3 models of community food systems – Milkwood Permaculture
Not Going Online Is the New Going Online – Vice
One million kids are heading into nature for Outdoor Classroom Day – TreeHugger
Weeding Without Chemicals or Digging – Deep Green Permaculture
Stop the war on imperfect bananas! – TreeHugger

Environmental News

Trump’s EPA Greenlights a Nasty Chemical. A Month Later, It Poisons a Bunch of Farmworkers – MotherJones
Roanoke County Residents Team Up to Chase Off Mountain Valley Pipeline Surveyors – Earth First! Newswire
Invaders From the New World – New York Times
‘They’re Everywhere’: Oil, Gas Wells Dot Developments, Raising Potential Dangers – NPR
Germany got 85% of its electricity from renewable sources in April – TreeHugger
Some massive hands are propping up Venice because climate change – Grist
Rare White Wolf In Yellowstone Was Shot, Park Reveals – NPR
Millions of pieces of plastic trash have washed onto an uninhabited island – Vice
Will The Government Help Farmers Adapt To A Changing Climate? – NPR
The EPA asked the public which rules to scrap and got chewed out – Grist
Activists Sue to Block Plans to Bury 3.6 Million Pounds of Nuclear Waste Near California Beach – Democracy Now

Research News

Are Solar and Wind Really Killing Coal, Nuclear and Grid Reliability? – The Conversation
Limiting warming to 1.5C has clear benefits for Australia, study says – CarbonBrief
Why Honeybees Are Good at Grooming (It’s All in the Hair) – New York Times
What’s that tree? This app puts an arborist in your pocket – TreeHugger
Unrecorded diesel emissions kill 38,000 people a year – Grist
Why Are Americans Drinking Less Cow’s Milk? Its Appeal Has Curdled – NPR
On the thawing tundra, researchers race to understand black carbon’s climate impact – Ensia
Scientists Are Surprised That Iconic East-Coast Trees Are Moving West – Vice: Motherboard
Climate change spells dry times ahead for the West – Grist
Injured plants warn neighbors of danger – TreeHugger


The trouble with infrastructure – Resource Insights
Can the US legally weaken its Paris Agreement climate pledge? – Carbon Brief

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