News Roundup — June 9, 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

Urban highways could be giant bike paths in the sky – TH
How one American family has moved away from fossil fuels – TH
In praise of old-fashioned summers – TH
The Truth About Meal-Kit Freezer Packs – MJ
Farmerama Radio: Episode 22 – Beauty, land, rewilding, upland sheep farming and spiritual ecology – Indie Farmer
Ferrock Concrete – Natural Building Blog
Best Forest Garden Method: Quick, Cheap, Easy, Profitable – Natural Building Blog
House of Earth: A Complete Handbook for Earthen Construction – Natural Building Blog
Geothermal Greenhouse: It REALLY Worked! – Natural Building Blog
1321: David Holmgren on Permaculture – Permaculture Podcast

Environmental News

Arctic sea ice animation – Climate Lab Book
Blockade in California’s Mattole Forest – Earth First!
Poland’s primeval forest is under serious attack – E
Poland: Activists Step Up Protest Against Logging in Ancient Forest – Earth First!
Meeting Paris Pledges would Prevent at least 1C of Global Warming – Resilience
Quietly, Surely, We’re Losing a Whole Pine Species En Masse and Nobody Gives a Damn – MJ
IEA: World can reach ‘net zero’ emissions by 2060 to meet Paris climate goals – Carbon Brief

Research News

Big batteries can store power when the sun doesn’t shine – TH
The Biggest, Strangest ‘Batteries’ – NYT
Forget Any Economic Windfall from Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline, Analyst Says – Resilience
Mapped: How Embodied Emissions Footprints Compare across Europe – Resilience
Is the developed world we’ve created giving us cancer? – The Conversation
What if several of the world’s biggest food crops failed at the same time? – The Conversation
These Mysterious Pure White Redwood Trees Defy the Laws of Nature – VM
Video: Tropics to see ‘unprecedented’ climates under future warming – Carbon Brief
How New Roots Are Driving An Apple Renaissance – NPR


Economists as priesthood – a religion based on assumptions – Credo
Electric Trains Everywhere: A Solution to Crumbling Roads and Climate Crisis – Resilience
Guest post: Is the collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet inevitable? – Carbon Brief

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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