News Roundup — August 18, 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

The Benefits of Growing Elderberries – PRI
Foraging + Using Turkeytail Mushrooms – Trametes versicolour – Milkwood Permaculture
Forest Garden Update Fall 2017: Explosive Growth, Living Mulch, New Beds – NBB
Forty Thousand Bees “Stolen” from Farm in Britain – EF!
Natural Plasters: A Simple Way to Beautify Your Home – PRI
How We Built Our House – Part Two: The Grass Roof – NBB
Keeping Organic Waste Out of Landfills – PRI
Starting Tomato Seedlings Indoors – Deep Green Permaculture
Get rid of that yucky kitchen sponge! – TJ

Environmental News

2016 Hit Records For Global Temperature And Climate Extremes – NPR
Everything That’s Inside Your iPhone – VM
Australia will be home to world’s largest single-tower solar thermal power plant – TH
Meet July, the Hottest Month Yet – MJ

Research News

Heat Waves Could Silence the Southwest’s Songbirds – MJ
Which American cities are the most sustainable? – Grist
Plastic-Eating Fungi! – PRI
Fewer foxes could mean an uptick in Lyme disease – TH
Trees are aware of their neighbors and give them room – TH
Donald Trump ends IPCC funding and ‘abandons global science leadership’ – E
Climate Science: Business As Usual – Resilience


A Personal Forest – The Great Change
Why do we love ‘clean eating’ so much? – TH
The shock, the inefficiency, the illogicality of the Anthropocene – E

Source Abbreviations

E – The Ecologist
EF! – Earth First! Newswire
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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