News Roundup — October 5, 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

London mayor announces another bike superhighway – TH
What Defines Appropriate Technology? – PRI
It’s Walk to School Day. So why are we scaring kids and parents off the roads? – TH
[Episode #53] – Electrifying Heating – Energy Transition Show
11 things to know about this year’s Harvest Moon – TH
The Taming Of The Brew: How Sour Beer Is Driving A Microbial Gold Rush – NPR
“Free” Fertilizer is Saving Rural Farmers – PRI
1727 – Mastering Cheesemaking with Gianaclis Caldwell – Permaculture Podcast

Environmental News

Federal Court Upholds Roadless Forest Protections After Over a Decade of Challenges – EF!
Renewables now provide a quarter of the world’s power – G
Everybody in London is breathing toxic levels of PM2.5 – TH
Company Behind Dakota Access Pipeline “Strong-Armed” Landowners and Protesters, Says Federal Lawsuit – EF!
The US Is Paying Big Oil to Keep Fossil Fuels Profitable – VM

Research News

Solar-powered paint could produce hydrogen for fuel – Earth
For Your Brain’s Sake, Keep Moving – NYT
As Seas Warm, Whales Face New Dangers – NYT
World can meet growing food demands and limit warming to 1.5C, study says – Carbon Brief


Veganism needs more science, less sentiment – TH
Why people around the world fear climate change more than Americans do – C
Backhoes versus a Back and a Hoe: The Question of Machines in Permaculture – PRI
Is the 1.5°C target still reachable? – Climate Lab Book
The future of renewable energy  – Festa
Biofuels and biofools – E
A Man Who Planted Trees – The Great Change

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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