News Roundup — June 30, 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

Top 3 Ways To Multiply Profit From A Piece Of Land – Natural Building Blog
1718 – Nomad Seed Project – The Permaculture Podcast
Using Energy to extract energy – the dynamics of depletion – Credo
Why you should be a proud ‘Outfit Repeater’ – TH
Should we add nitrogen fertiliser or not? – Indie Farmer
Ancient Fish Trap Discovered in Alaska – Archaeology
Combining Energies – Resilience
Greenpeace tech product guide ranks Apple, Samsung low on repairability – TH

Environmental News

The World’s Largest Coal Mining Company Is Closing 37 Sites – VM
EPA science adviser says clearing board of experts leaves “huge void.” – G
Yellowstone Grizzly Bear to Lose Endangered Species Protection – NYT
Arkansas Tries To Stop An Epidemic Of Herbicide Damage – NPR
‘Cause For Serious Concern’: Invasive Carp Caught 9 Miles From Great Lakes – NPR
UN Renews Call for Site C Review to Protect National Park – The Tyee
Plastic bag wars are heating up in the U.S. – TH
‘Sea Pickles’ Wash Ashore In Pacific Northwest – NPR

Research News

Study: Why troposphere warming differs between models and satellite data – Carbon Brief
Sea levels are rising faster than before, study shows – V
Fire May Be the Only Remedy for a Plague Killing Deer and Elk – NYT
New data set explores 90 years of natural disasters in the US – The Conversation
Pesticides Are Harming Bees — But Not Everywhere, Major New Study Shows – NPR
New Field Tests Find These Pesticides Are Harming Bees – VM
Neonicotinoid pesticides do harm honeybees, shows first industry funded pan-European field study – E
Toxic algae caused by climate change might be killing scores of whales, and scientists are getting worried  – V
Major correction to satellite data shows 140% faster warming since 1998 – CarbonBrief
Half a degree could make a world of difference – CarbonBrief


Universal Basic Income Is the Path to an Entirely New Economic System – VM
A People’s Food Policy – grassroot food and farming groups call for a more just food system – E
Concrete Solutions – The Great Change
100% Renewables – A Few Remarks about the Jacobson/Clack Controversy – Resilience
It’s time for cities to treat climate change like a public health crisis – G
Indigenous Peoples Will Shape a More Just and Sustainable Future for Canada – VM
Why we need a global effort by corporations, citizens and nonprofits to tackle climate change – E
[Episode #46] – Is 100% Renewables Realistic? – Energy Transition Show
A Sense of Duty to Teach Climate Change – NYT
Meadows offer food and shelter to vast varieties of animals and wildflowers – and must be saved – 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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