News Roundup — December 22, 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

Incredible Cob House Tour – A Sustainable Green Building – NBB
Reinventing The Cheese Wheel: From Farmhouse To Factory And Back Again – NPR
1735 – Permaculture in Perspective: Fertile Edges with Maddy Harland – Permaculture Podcast
The Topbar Hive Guru, Les Crowder – Episode 59 – Treatment-Free Beekeeping Podcast
How to dress for winter cycle commuting – TH

Environmental News

Canada: Indigenous Grandmother Faces Arrest for Protecting Wild Salmon – EF!
Why farmers are using glyphosate to kill their crops — and what it might mean for you – Ensia
Yaqui Tribe Defends Land by Digging Up Gas Pipeline – EF!
Arctic Temperatures Are Rising So Fast Computers Don’t Believe They’re Real – MJ
President Trump’s national security strategy omits climate change – G
More than 10,000 Interior employees say they were harassed or intimidated – G
Drilling in Arctic Refuge Gets a Green Light. What’s Next? – NYT
Trump’s Busy Year On Energy And Environment – NYT

Research News

Earthquakes shaped ancient Greek culture – Earth
Yet Another Group of Scientists Just Said We Are the Ones Screwing the Weather – MJ
Climate change linked to specific weather events for the first time – Earth
Analysis: Why Scientists Think 100% of Global Warming is Due to Humans – CB
Seeking answers on climate change, scientists venture into the vaults of the past – Ensia
One-third of forests aren’t growing back after wildfires – G
How Global Warming Fueled Five Extreme Weather Events – NYT
How To Survive Climate Change? Clues Are Buried In The Arctic – NPR
Arctic foxes are ‘ecosystem engineers’ who grow beautiful gardens  – TH


Divesting from Fossil Fuels: A Public Health Action – R
Limits to Economic Growth? – Feasta
Amazon Pretends to Care About Climate. Until It’s Time to Build a New Headquarters – MJ
How destructive is the middle class? – Feasta
Do we have the wrong model of human nature? – Resource Insights
A Matter of Degree – The Great Change
Geminids – The Way Back

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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