News Roundup — January 19, 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

How to shovel snow – TH
Another reason to avoid free two-day shipping: they are shipping dog food by air – TH
1950s Home Retrofit to Super Efficient Passive House – NBB
Stressed? Slow your mind down in the forest – E
Wormeries – Restoring Mayberry
‘Clean Energy Is a Fundamental Civil Right’: Major Campaign to Expand Access to Solar -R
The most useful tools in my kitchen – TH
Florida study finds that drivers flout the law more than cyclists – TH

Environmental News

Poland: Forest Defenders Acquitted After Blockade – EF!
Scientists Say A Fluctuating Jet Stream May Be Causing Extreme Weather Events – NPR
Ice (Re)Cap: January 2018 – Earth
Signaling more independence from the US, the World Bank phases out its support for fossil fuels – C
Post-fire landslide problems aren’t new and likely to get worse – C

Research News

In-depth: Scientists discuss how to improve climate models – CB


Protagoras and the Anthropocene: Can man still be the measure of all things? – Resource Insights
Are single use plastics having their coal moment? – 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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