News Roundup — July 28, 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

Deep Mulch Method for Building Soil in Deserts – NBB
Maximum Unsustainability – The Worst Ways to Ride Your Bike – Deep Green Permaculture
Alternative Refrigeration Techniques for Food Storage – PRI
Need Variety? Just Add Potatoes! – PRI
Straw Bale Homes and Passive Solar Design – PRI
Hügelkultur Farming – PRI
Can social media help keep the bike lanes clear? – TH
$2,000 off grid tiny house tour -NBB
Small Pond Installations for Irrigation and Wildlife Part I, Part II – PRI
Talking about Mentoring with Mike Mahar – Episode 53 – Treatment-Free Beekeeping Podcast

Environmental News

Talking Energy Transition – Resilience
As The Climate Changes, Kenyan Herders Find Centuries-Old Way Of Life In Danger – NPR
Want to know what’s in your drinking water? Just click here – G
A vegan diet can have a huge environmental impact – E
Sunoco Ordered to Suspend Drilling on Mariner East 2 Pipeline After Spills, Damage – Resilience
A major glacier in Greenland might be breaking apart – G

Research News

Utility companies knew about climate change for decades, too – G
Inside The Global Seed Vault, Where The History And Future Of Agriculture Is Stored – NPR
State of the climate: Warm temperatures and low sea ice mark first half of 2017 – Carbon Brief
City Greening Needs to be Done Properly to Mitigate Harmful Impacts of Global Warming – PRI
The ability to be flexible through the innovation of technology helped early humans to survive prolonged periods of pronounced aridification – Science Daily


S-curves and Other Paths: Is the Doughnut the Only Way Forward? – Resilience
When the federal budget funds scientific research, it’s the economy that benefits – The Conversation

Source Abbreviations

E – The Ecologist
G – Grist
MJ – Mother Jones
NBB — Natural Building Blog
NPR – National Public Radio
NYT – New York Times
PRI – Permaculture Research Institute
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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