News Roundup — July 7, 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

Meet The Indiana Jones Of Ancient Ales And Extreme Beverages – NPR
It’s tine to take America’s plastic fork problem seriously – G
How to Test and Make Exterior Render using Cow Poo – NBB
Building an Earthbag and Stone Rainwater Storage Cellar – NBB
1535 – Beyond the War on Invasive Species – The Permaculture Podcast
Holistic Management Beyond the Pasture – Temperate Climate Permaculture
Facing Severe Food Shortages, Venezuela Pushes Urban Gardens – NPR

Environmental News

Don’t like how your government tracks air pollution? Do it yourself – Ensia
The world’s biggest economies spent four times as much on fossil fuels than on clean energy – G
Damage From Wayward Weedkiller Keeps Growing – NPR

Research News

Natural Disasters May Widen Income Gap, Report Says – NPR
Mapping The Potential Economic Effects Of Climate Change – NPR
As the rich move away from disaster zones, the poor are left behind – G
As if U.S. inequality wasn’t bad enough, climate change is making it worse – G
If we stopped emitting greenhouse gases right now, would we stop climate change? – The Conversation
Mapped: The world’s largest CO2 importers and exporters – Carbon Brief
New study looks at attitudes of drivers toward cyclists, and it ain’t pretty – TH
Chemistry of Roman Concrete Analyzed – Archaeology
Scientists figured out how to make concrete that grows in seawater – G
Roman concrete lasts a long time, but it won’t stop rising seas – TH
Mapped: How climate change affects extreme weather around the world – Carbon Brief


Fossil fuel empire: a world of vulnerability – An Outside Chance
Biomass is a Common – Feasta
How America can declare independence from dirty energy – G
We’re a Cheap Battery Away From Phasing Out Fossil Fuels – VM

Source Abbreviations

E – The Ecologist
G – Grist
MJ – Mother Jones
NBB — Natural Building Blog
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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