News Roundup — June 2, 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

Can you be zero-waste without a bulk store nearby? – TH
The $149 SolSource Sport is a powerful portable solar cooker – TH
12 tremendous trees that hold world records – TH
How to make compost: The only video tutorial you’ll need – TH
1716 – Climate Change and The Path Ahead – Permaculture Podcast
15 ways to use bar soap – TH
In search of the lost British bike lanes – TH
Regrow these 6 fruits from kitchen scraps – TH

Environmental News

Canada Is Dragging Its Feet on Capping Dangerous Methane Leaks – VM
World Leaders Increase Pressure on Trump to Stay in the Paris Accord – NYT
Atlantic Hurricane Season Is Expected to Be Busy – NYT
Looking for Trump’s Climate Policy? Try the Energy Department – NYT
These Stunning Photos Show the Real Cost of a Pipeline – MJ
Scott Pruitt just got debunked by climate scientists – G
Sea Shepherd helps arrest ‘sustainable’ shrimp trawler for illegal fishing in Liberian waters – E

Research News

You can thank antibiotics for all the cheap meat – TH
Lightweight prefab wood framing system goes together without nails – TreeHugger
A green Aggresivhaus proposed for Hamburg – TH
Two Scientists, Two Different Approaches To Saving Bees From Poison Dust -NPR
Changing wet and dry seasons – Climate Lab Book
Canada’s Methane Leakage Massively Under-reported, Studies Find – Resilience


Science Needs a Solution for the Temptation of Positive Results – NYT
Can the Paris Climate Deal Survive a Trump-Style Renegotiation? – NYT
Market Forces May Impact Emissions More Than Climate Agreements – NPR
Anti-progress: The case of airline travel – Resource Insights
Whitehall’s fracking science failure: shale gas really is worse for climate than coal – E
Here’s an idea for retired coal mines: Turn them into giant batteries – G
Could We Run Modern Society on Human Power Alone? – Low-Tech Magazine
Frugality is environmentalism – TH
Why killing coyotes doesn’t make livestock safer – The Conversation
Fragile – The Dark Mountain Project
How to embrace urban living, but avoid an apocalypse: Organicities are the future – E

Source Abbreviations

E – The Ecologist
G – Grist
MJ – Mother Jones
NPR – National Public Radio
NYT – New York Times
TH – TreeHugger
V – Vice
VM – Vice: Motherboard

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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