News Roundup — July 14, 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

How to Build a Fruit Tree Guild – Tenth Acre Farm
[Episode #47] – Transition in Europe – Energy Transition Show
1719 – Natural Swimming Pools – Permaculture Podcast
Why we should be building out of sunshine – TH
Wood-fired bagel company uses leftover heat for world’s best bagels – TH
The Simple Humus Toilet – NBB
Home-based Business: An Urban Farm — Voss Organics – NBB
Rice Hull Ash Eco Friendly Building Materials – NBB
Building bottle bricks, using adobe mud stabilized earth home technique to go green – NBB
Put your old T-shirts to good use with 5 DIY tricks – G
Why can’t we fix our own electronic devices? – The Conversation
Rooftop Solar Dims Under Pressure From Utility Lobbyists – NYT
In Poland, a Battle for the Fate of Europe’s Last Ancient Forest – NYT
Cherishing stuff with a photo can help you let go of it – The Conversation
How some African farmers are responding to climate change — and what we can learn from them – Ensia

Environmental News

UK Artists showcase the plight of the disappearing British bee – E
Wendell Berry – poet, essayist, farmer, activist, rural philosopher – E
Climate change threatens centuries’ old Indigenous cultures and traditions – E
Arkansas just banned the weedkiller that damaged hundreds of farmers’ crops this year – G
A brief history of fake climate news in the mainstream media – G
A Trillion-Ton Iceberg Just Broke Off Antarctica – VM
Reading, Writing And Fracking? What The Oil Industry Teaches Oklahoma Students – NPR
Trump’s Budget Plan Proposes Cuts To Great Lakes Restoration Projects – NPR
Florida Swaps Out Septic Tanks For Sewers To Fight Coastal Pollution – NPR
Pruitt Says “Stay,” the Court Says “Go”: Methane Regulation in the Age of Trump – Civil Notion
Rising from the ashes, a Buffalo suburb ends its dependence on coal – G
U.S. Cities, States and Businesses Pledge to Measure Emissions – NYT
Nuclear power’s annus horribilis – E
The awful reality of e-waste as told in numbers – TH

Research News

What’s the carbon footprint of making a Tesla battery? – TH
America’s nearing a record number of weather disasters, and it’s not even hurricane season yet – G
While Corals Die Along The Great Barrier Reef, Humans Struggle To Adjust – NPR
Volcano reveals simpler than expected cloud-climate response to tiny aerosol particles – Climate Lab Book
Controversy Explodes over Renewable Energy – Resilience
Warm spells in Arctic stunt crop yields across US, study suggests – Carbon Brief
Seven charts show why the IEA thinks coal investment has already peaked – Carbon Brief
Arks of the Apocalypse – NYT
If You Fix This, You Fix a Big Piece of the Climate Puzzle – NYT


Maya Theater States – The Great Change
What you can do if that scary New York mag climate article drove you to act – G
Stop scaring people about climate change. It doesn’t work. – G
Read the climate blockbuster everyone’s talking about – G
Guns, energy, and the coin of the realm – An Outside Chance
We Can No Longer Outrun Antibiotic Resistance. So, Here’s What We Need to Do – Ensia

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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