News Roundup — December 1, 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

1733 – Drawing Down Carbon: Eric Toensmeier on Agroforestry and Climate Change – Permaculture Podcast
Firefighter’s self-built tiny house is inspired by earthships (Video) – TH
Climate change is disappearing from government websites — and from research, too – G
[Episode #57] – Climate Science Part 7 – Carbon Budget – Energy Transition Show
Grain silo converted into solar-powered home for father & daughter (Video) – TH
Underground dome house stays warm in Omaha winters – NBB
High rent? No health care? Young farmers: They’re just like us! – G
Bike Safety Manual from the fifties shows how little things have changed – TH
To Save Water, Should You Wash Your Hands Of Hand Washing Dishes? – NPR
Silence – The 1A
Magical 4 Season Off-Grid Tipi – A Tiny House Alternative – NBB
Artist’s intense landscape collages speak of grim environmental impacts – TH

Environmental News

As New Pipelines Get Built, More People are Standing in the Way – R
Life After Coal – G
Despite What Politicians Say, Hundreds of BC Gas Wells Leak Methane – R

Research News

Women’s Role In The European Agricultural Revolution Revealed – NPR
Emerging markets now account for the majority of growth in solar power, according to new data from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) – CB
Uncertainty in warming since pre-industrial times – Climate Lab Book
This solar hydropanel can pull 10 liters of drinking water per day out of the air – TH
The Ancient Andean Tradition of Eating Clay May Have Helped To Protect Health – NPR
The Carbon Brief Interview: Dr Katharine Hayhoe – CB
Transportation is now the biggest source of US CO2 emissions – TH
The Carbon Brief Interview: Dr Bill Hare – CB
What drives hot spots of sea-level rise? – Earth


Why I put time and energy into advocating universal basic income – Feasta
GDP, Jobs, and Fossil Largesse – R
Cars don’t belong near schools – TH
What’s the real cost of convenience? – TH
The Life-Death-Life Cycle – Indie Farmer
Our food system doesn’t need funky design. It needs better distribution networks – TH

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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