News Roundup — September 22, 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

Hydraulic Ram Pumps – PRI
Homeacres no dig garden fifth summer: veg, fruit, flowers, intense cropping and easy weeding – NBB
The wasteful cost of cold-pressed juice – TH

Environmental News

Polish government must be fined for ignoring logging ban, commission says – E
Florida Governor Rick Scott is figuring out his feelings on climate change post-hurricane – G
The 2017 Hurricane Season Really Is More Intense Than Normal – NYT
Louisiana’s Floating Pipeline Protest Camp Prepares to take on ‘The Black Snake’ – Resilience
Hurricane Maria Makes Landfall in Dominica as Other Islands Brace for Potential Disaster – NYT

Research News

The great nutrient collapse – Politico
Tesla Powerwall 2: An in-depth review – TH
As a warming climate changes Kodiak bears’ diets, impacts could ripple through ecosystems – C
Climate Change Is Complex. We’ve Got Answers to Your Questions – NYT
World hunger rises after decades of decline – G
Guest post: Why the 1.5C warming limit is not yet a geophysical impossibility – Carbon Brief


The Real Unknown of Climate Change: Our Behavior – NYT
How Permaculture is the Perfect Match for Homesteading – PRI
Why Hurricanes Harvey and Irma won’t lead to action on climate change – C
The high cost of an easy-care, low-maintenance world – Resource Insights
100 Percent Wishful Thinking: The Green-Energy Cornucopia – Resilience

Source Abbreviations

C – The Conversation
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

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