News Roundup — October 20, 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

Remarkable Rutabagas – PRI
Chicken Compost System – NBB
The world’s 11 certified Dark Sky Reserves, where the stars run riot  – TH
Making an Off-grid DIY Mushroom Fruiting House – Milkwood Permaculture
[Episode #54] – Resource Limitations – Energy Gransition Show

Environmental News

Greenpeace’s Guide to Greener Electronics praises Apple, scolds Amazon – TH
This Huge Rail Company Is Spewing Coal Dust All Over a Low-Income Community – MJ
A judge lets pipeline protesters mount an unusual defense – G
The sun keeps turning an apocalyptic shade of red. Here’s why – G
How woodland devastated by Great Storm of 1987 has bounced back – E

Research News

Old reefs hold the tale of past sea-level rise, and … it’s dramatic – G
Restoring nature is climate equivalent of stopping burning oil – TH
Scientists Are Using 135 Years Worth of Dead Birds to Study Pollution – MJ
Limestone reservoirs boost volcanic carbon emissions – Earth
Significant discrepancies between Irish peoples’ overall well-being and Irish GDP levels during the period 2000-2014, according to new study published by Feasta and FEST – Feasta
World hunger is increasing thanks to wars and climate change – C
Cleopatra’s Downfall Was Partly Sparked by Climate Change and Volcanoes – VM
How IPCC graphics could be made more accessible – Carbon Brief
How Did Wolves Become Dogs? – NYT


Can battery technology keep up with solar energy’s bright future? – Ensia
Your Money or your Morals: Capitalism and Fossil Fuel Divestment – Resilience
Living in the Borderlands – Dark Mountain
Ireland continues on its grotesquely unjust and irresponsible trajectory with regard to climate change – Feasta

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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