News Roundup — November 17, 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

The wind turbines that generate electricity seem to have just three blades, or sometimes two. Why so few? – NYT
A visit to London’s first zero waste store – TH
What the first Thanksgiving dinner actually looked like – C
Do you discuss your energy bills? You probably should – TH
California may use 50 percent renewable electricity by 2020, a decade ahead of schedule – G
Episode #56 – Blockchain in Energy Transition – Energy Transition Show
10 Beautiful and Useful Things You Can Create with Earth Plaster – NBB
Rural Nepal tackles climate change with green schemes – E

Environmental News

This Is Blockadia – R
Keystone Pipeline Leaks 210,000 Gallons of Oil in South Dakota – NYT
A Small Town in Pennsylvania Has Been Ripped Apart by a New Gas Plant – MJ
Why China Wants to Lead on Climate, but Clings to Coal (for Now) – NYT
Singing protesters interrupt a White House presentation at COP23 – G

Research News

Why Did The Passenger Pigeon Go Extinct? The Answer Might Lie In Their Toes – NPR
From Cattle To Capital: How Agriculture Bred Ancient Inequality – NPR
Geoengineering’s unintended consequences: Hurricanes and food shortages – G
Georgian Jars Hold 8,000-Year-Old Winemaking Clues – NPR
15,000 scientists from 184 countries warn of dire future for humanity – TH


The Mindset of Monoculture – PRI

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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