News Roundup — September 29, 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

Let’s ban gasoline-powered cars, says California’s governor – G
10 ways to use less energy in the kitchen – TH
Branching self-supporting structure grown with mycelium (Video) – TH
Podcast: The independence and empowerment of earthbag building with Atulya K Bingham – NBB
Permaculture and Bees with Trevor Smith – Episode 57 – Treatment-Free Beekeeping Podcast
The Uses of a Bunyip Water Level – PRI
This Newfoundlander wants kale, not cod – TH

Environmental News

Montreal Against Junex: When All Else Fails, Block The Rails – EF!
Arkansas Defies Monsanto, Moves To Ban Rogue Weedkiller – NPR
Washington, DC: Pipeline Protesters Disrupt FERC’s First Meeting with New Trump Commissioners – EF!
Good news! Global carbon emissions stayed flat in 2016 – G

Research News

It’s time to take sleep seriously – TH
Why your kids might be able to see better if they play outdoors more often – C
New map of Arctic geology published – Earth Magazine
Neolithic farmers impacted sedimentation – Earth Magazine
Tropical forests are ‘no longer carbon sinks’ because of human activity – Carbon Brief


Energy and Authoritarianism – Resilience
Does buying in bulk save money, or is it a false economy? – TH
Guest post: Authors respond to misinterpretations of their 1.5C carbon budget paper – Carbon Brief
Could this one simple idea be the key to solving farmer–environmentalist conflicts? – Ensia

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

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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