News Roundup — November 3, 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

1730 – Teaching with Games: Food Forest Card Game – Permaculture Podcast
Why tree planting is a win win win opportunity – E
No Work Compost – The Easiest Way to Make Compost? – NBB
Family Quits City Life to Live Off-Grid in a Giant Yurt – NBB
[Episode #55] – Voltage Stability – Energy Transition Show
HomeBiogas 2.0: Ready-to-use biogas solution for the home – TH
Gardening Calendar (Australian Temperate Climate) – November – Deep Green Permaculture
What ancient cultures teach us about grief, mourning and continuity of life – C
Permaculture and Community part 1: Permaculture as a Tool for Peace – PRI
We need to learn to love our leftovers – TH

Environmental News

Activist Facing 21 Years for Turning Keystone Pipeline’s Valve in 2016 – EF!
St. Louis just became the biggest Midwestern city to commit to clean energy – G
Pruitt Bars Some Scientists From Advising E.P.A. – NYT

Research News

Troubled waters: Lead lurking in U.S. water supplies – Earth
Chicken Farms Fueled a Massive Public Health Crisis—While the Government Turned a Blind Eye – MJ
Is daylight saving time worth the trouble? Research says no – C
Study: CEOs Who Invest In Social Responsibility Initiatives Risk Their Jobs – NPR
New Lancet study shows it’s time to take our medicine on climate change – E
Most Americans think they waste less food than their neighbors – TH
Plastics Are Forever – The 1A
When agriculture went to our heads – Earth
Sea creatures may be eating all that plastic because it tastes delicious – G
Massive Government Report Says Climate Is Warming And Humans Are The Cause – NPR


We should remain optimistic about stopping war to protect people – and planet – E

Source Abbreviations

CB – Carbon Brief
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
R – Resilience
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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