News Roundup — September 1, 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

A Tiny Self-Sufficient House Aims to Make Us Rethink Sustainability – VM
Digitally woven bamboo pavilion keeps an old tradition alive (Video) – TH
LA painting streets white to reduce urban warming – TH
Abandoned windmill converted into unique guesthouse with metal-clad viewing pod – TH
Creating Community Through the Act of Gardening – PRI
The Benefits of a Solar Heated Shower – PRI
Sherpa’s Earthbag House, Himalayas – NBB
Episode 1724 – Holistic Goat Care – Permaculture Podcast
Danish dome-sheltered community center is built with wood – TH
Health Benefits of Natural Earthen Construction – PRI

Environmental News

Hurricane Harvey: Connecting the Dots between Climate Change and More Extreme Events – Resilience
German Government Shuts Down Indymedia: What It Means – EF!
Making it easier and safer for informants to turn in wildlife criminals – Ensia
Australia generates enough renewable energy to power 70% of homes – TH
Six Arrests as Enbridge Line 3’s Shut Down for Third Times in Nine Days – EF!
Harvey triggered the release of more than a million pounds of toxic pollutants – G
First Nations, Environmentalists Occupy BC Salmon Farm – EF!
The U.S. Backs Off Nuclear Power. Georgia Wants to Keep Building Reactors – NYT

Research News

Forest-Killing Beetles Are Swarming North Because of Climate Change – VM
Busting the myth of the complete protein – TH
Another study suggests plant-based diet lowers cholesterol – TH
Millions worldwide hit by unprecedented flooding as climate change becomes a deadly reality – E


‘Gluten-free water’ shows absurdity of trend in labeling what’s absent – The Conversation
Are the roads being overrun by dangerous irresponsible cyclists? – TH
Permaculture: a Holistic Approach to Life – PRI
Climate Change Polls: A Glass Half Empty or Half Full? Part I, Part II – Civil Notion

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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