News Roundup — August 4, 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

2,300-Year-Old Carpentry Tool Discovered in Japan – Archaeology
Couldn’t find his dream popup micro-camper, built it instead – NBB
How to Build a Solar Dehydrator to Preserve Food – PRI
Episode 1721 – Revising Permaculture – Permaculture Podcast
Enchanting Cabin In The Forest – NBB
Detroiters’ Barter System Isn’t Just About Kindness — It’s A Necessity – NPR
[Episode #48] – Climate Science Part 4 – Teaching the Carbon Cycle – Energy Transition Show
To restore our soils, feed the microbes – The Conversation
9 ways to soothe the itch from mosquito bites – TH
A Sprinkling of Sabotage Against Industrial Civilization – Earth First! Newswire
Poland Vows to Continue Logging in Białowieża Forest Despite Court Ban – Earth First! Newswire
Silvopasture: A Sustainable Way to Raise Large Livestock – PRI
Storing Water in the Landscape: A Swales and Ponds Primer – PRI
Traditional Ukrainian Village Homes – NBB
Taking Rewilding Seriously – Dark Mountain
Q & A – Episode 54 – Treatment-Free Beekeeping Podcast
Women take Control of Solar Revolution – Resilience

Environmental News

Rome, once known for flowing water, is now running dry – G
Mega-Suit Grinds Slowly Ahead in Colorado Aquifer Toxic Water Case – Earth First! Newswire
Review: ‘An Inconvenient Sequel,’ With Al Gore Keeping the Pressure On – NYT
Down the Mighty Columbia River, Where a Power Struggle Looms – NYT
‘Flash drought’ could devastate half the High Plains wheat harvest – G
Nutrient pollution: Voluntary steps are failing to shrink algae blooms and dead zones – The Conversation
U.S. Nuclear Comeback Stalls as Two Reactors Are Abandoned – NYT
Blistering Heat Wave Threatens Seattle, Where Only a Third Have Air-Conditioning – NYT

Research News

Climate change is wreaking havoc on our water – G
Slug Slime Inspires Scientists To Invent Sticky Surgical Glue – NPR
It’s Not Your Imagination. Summers Are Getting Hotter. – NYT
How Seaweed can Help Save the World – PRI
Two dire studies show the world is on the brink of locking in dangerous levels of climate change – G
Why you may not need all those days of antibiotics – The Conversation
Is your drinking water safe? Here’s how you can find out – The Conversation
Ecologist Special Report: Biological Annihilation on Earth is Accelerating – E
Improving Africa’s soils to cut emissions and boost food security – Carbon Brief
Study Links Most Amazon Deforestation to 128 Slaughterhouses – Earth First! Newswire
How BP is detracting renewable energy in its Statistical Review – At the Edge of Time


Bridges and roads as important to your health as what’s in your medicine cabinet – The Conversation
Social Opportunities for People and Communities in a Climate Change Era – PRI
Greenland reflections – Climate Lab Book
A vegan diet can reduce environmental impact – E
Delusions of grandeur in building a low-carbon future – Earth Magazine
What Future for the Anthropocene? A Biophysical Interpretation – Resilience
Banning fossil fuelled cars isn’t enough; we have to rethink our transportation system – TH
Stability and sharing: basic income in history – Festa
Why We Are Naively Optimistic About Climate Change – NPR

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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