News Roundup — July 21, 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

Introduction to Rewilding – E
Masonry Heaters – Better than a Rocket Stove? – Resilience
[Episode #47] – Transition in Europe – Energy Transition Show
Forest Bathing: A Retreat To Nature Can Boost Immunity And Mood – NPR
More Than Bread: Sourdough As a Window Into The Microbiome – NPR
S.T.U.N. Permaculture – Sheer. Total. Utter. Neglect. – NBB
On a Finite Planet Nothing Grows Forever – Resilience

Environmental News

Wildfires Roar Across Southern Europe – NYT
A Florida town requires solar on new homes – G

Research News

No Offense, American Bees, But Your Sperm Isn’t Cutting It – NPR
How mushrooms might save the honey bee – TH
GOP Effort To Make Environmental Science ‘Transparent’ Worries Scientists – NPR
Climate Scientist Says He Was Demoted For Speaking Out On Climate Change – NPR
Plastic Is Everywhere And Recycling Isn’t The End Of It – NPR
The Immense, Eternal Footprint Humanity Leaves on Earth: Plastics – NYT
A Cheap Fix for Climate Change? Pay People Not to Chop Down Trees – NYT


Ask a scientist: How should we live in the face of climate change? – G
Pi’s tiger and the Anthropocene – Resource Insights
The Dark Humanities: Cosmic comfort in the Anthropocene – Dark Mountain
To avoid climate catastrophe, we’ll need to remove CO2 from the air. Here’s how. – Ensia
Shared Renewables Hold Big Potential for Communities Left Out of Clean Energy Programs – Resilience

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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