News Roundup — January 5, 2018

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

Debris Shelter – NBB
Episode 1736 – An end of one year and the beginning of another – Permaculture Podcast
North Coast with Jarod Proffitt – Episode 60 – Treatment-Free Beekeeping Podcast
Frozen pipes? How to prevent them and how to fix them – TH
Should we really be building out of plastic? No – TH
This new craze for “raw water” will not end well – TH
How to make healthier homemade Nutella – TH

Environmental News

News from Germany’s Hambach Forest – EF!
Extraordinary Satellite Photos of the Bomb Cyclone Slamming the East Coast – MJ
Snow in Florida? Maybe We Can Thank Global Warming – MJ
20,000 Hawaiians could lose their homes to sea-level rise – G
In 2017, climate change vanished from a ridiculous number of government websites – G
Why So Cold? Climate Change May Be Part of the Answer – NYT

Research News

Analysis: Low-carbon sources generated more UK electricity than fossil fuels in 2017 – CB
On its Hundredth Birthday in 1959, Edward Teller Warned the Oil Industry About Global Warming – EF!
Meet the plants and animals that help scientists keep an eye on the environment – Ensia
Can road salt and other pollutants disrupt our circadian rhythms? – C


The Golden Rule of Technological Progress: Innovation Doesn’t Solve Problems, It Creates Them – Cassandra’s Legacy
2017 Set a Record for Losses From Natural Disasters. It Could Get Worse – NYT
Peak México – The Great Change
That’s not a roof on the Chicago Apple store; it is the poster child for unsustainable design – TH
Woody Guthrie’s 1942 New Year’s resolutions resonate today – TH
And the car of the year is … a Ford MegaRaptor? – 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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