News Roundup — August 25, 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

Waste not want not – an old motto for an era of mass production – E
How accurate is Project Sunroof? – TH
Solid Earth Adobe Buildings – NBB
Planting A Personal Forest  – The Great Change
Episode 1723 – Change Here Now – Permaculture Podcast
Making the grade in sustainable forestry – TH
Soil education: There’s an app for that – TH
Huge shift from planes to trains on London-Scotland routes – TH
Dust Bowl Era Conservationist Aldo Leopold’s Beloved House – NBB

Environmental News

Court Lets Exxon Off Hook for Pipeline Spill in Arkansas Neighborhood – EF!
British Columbia is having its worst wildfire season in recorded history – G
How to watch the eclipse without trashing the Earth – G
Trump Just Killed a Study Looking Into the Health Effects of Coal in Central Appalachia – MJ
Leech Lake Community Solar Array First in MN to be 100% Dedicated to Low-Income Residents – Resilience

Research News

Solar eclipse: Why the sun is not responsible for recent climate change – Carbon Brief
Continued Climate Change May Disrupt Ocean Currents – PRI
Stitching Together Forests Can Help Save Species, Study Finds – NYT
Climate change is shifting Kodiak bear feeding habits, study says – Carbon Brief
Why US Carbon Emissions have Fallen 14% since 2005 – Carbon Brief
Alaska’s permafrost, shown here in 2010, is no longer permanent. It is starting to thaw. – NYT
Why is climate change’s 2 degrees Celsius of warming limit so important? – The Conversation


Curbing climate change: Why it’s so hard to act in time – The Conversation
Why we should be more materialistic – TH
Why do people take cold showers? – TH
I don’t need a bigger car – TH

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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