News Roundup — May 26, 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

Storage is the ‘Holy Grail’ of the Energy Transition – or is it? – Resilience
Stormy Weather: Are We Well Prepared For The Next Disaster? – NPR
Apple doesn’t want you to be able to fix your own phone – Grist
Earthbag Retaining Walls for Pathways and Erosion Control – Natural Building Blog
Your Guide to Preventing Pests in the Garden – Tenth Acre Farm
How to treat your vegetables like meat – TreeHugger
How to be a reducetarian – TreeHugger
Nomadic Gardner Grows In Florida + Maine on Other People’s Land – Natural Building Blog
10 great trees for small yards – TreeHugger
Replacing beef with beans would dramatically slash greenhouse gasses – TreeHugger
A free seminar on sun-oven cookery – Walden Effect
In Brooklyn, you can now sell solar power to your neighbors – Grist
The Carbon Code – imperfect answers to impossible questions – An Outside Chance
Which fabrics are most sustainable? – TreeHugger
Fig Leaves Are Out. What to Wear to Be Kind to the Planet? – New York Times

Environmental News

Bonn climate talks: key outcomes from the May 2017 UN climate conference – Carbon Brief
How grizzlies, monarchs and even fish can benefit from U.S. highways – Ensia
With public lands at stake, outdoors enthusiasts head to D.C. – Grist
An oil well off Australia leaked for weeks last year. We just found out about it – Grist
Congress and Farmers Are Shocked By Proposed USDA Cuts – NPR
Renewable energy jobs have almost doubled in past five years – TreeHugger

Research News

Antarctica’s high elevation is slowing rate of warming, says study – Carbon Brief
Rising seas are lapping at the shores of the world’s poorest countries – Grist
Here Are Your Chances of a Hotter-Than-Normal Summer – Vice: Motherboard
75% of eastern tree species moving west – TreeHugger
U.S. Forests Shifting With Climate Change – New York Times
Inside the Svalbard Global Seed Vault – New York Times
Garbage Contains All of the Nutrients Missing from Our Diet – Vice: Motherboard
Rapid increase in heat extremes in Europe – Climate Lab Book
The sea is rising three times faster than we thought – Grist
Do low-energy buildings have an overheating problem? – Lean Green Consulting


Stock hedges, home insurance, and our misunderstanding of risk – Resource Insights
Atlantic Crossing – The Great Change
Why Elon Musk’s Tunnel System Can’t Solve Congestion in LA – Vice: Motherboard
The Case for Phasing out Alberta’s Tar Sands – Resilience
The missed opportunity of a tiny, tidy life – Grist
Is Renewable Energy a Commons? – Resilience
Learning What to Make of It – Dark Mountain Project

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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