News Roundup — January 26, 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 Make A Willow Arch For Your Garden…For Free – Bealtaine Cottage
Fungi can help concrete heal its own cracks – C
How Much Energy Do We Need? – Low-Tech Magazine
Don’t automate the fun out of life – C
Sprouts – Restoring Mayberry
Saunas Are A Hot Trend, And They Might Even Help Your Health – NPR
Iowa Boys Charged In Connection With Deaths Of Half A Million Honeybees – NPR
Raised Vegetable Garden Beds? 11 Pros and 4 Cons – 1/10th Acre Farm
More Than 750 American Communities Have Built Their Own Internet Networks – VM
Distributed Farm/Community Network – NBB
[Episode #61] – Climate Science Part 8 – Melting Glaciers and Sea Level Rise – Energy Transition Show
Translucent Swiss barn-modern home – NBB
1802 – Honoring the Dead and Holding the Dying: Natural Burial with Michael Judd – Permaculture Podcast
8 things to know about oat milk (plus how to make your own)– TH
Sideline Queen Production with Cory Stevens – Episode 61 – Treatment-Free Beekeeping Podcast
6 ways to clean your home with salt – TH

Environmental News

Estonia: Logging Threatens Endangered Species, Sacred Sites – EF!
Puerto Rico will privatize its power utility – G
Menominee Tribe Files Lawsuit Over Back Forty Mine Clean Water Act Wetlands Permit – EF!
Opponents mount protests after major natural gas pipeline moves forward – G
Climate Change Is Forcing the Government to Relocate This Entire Louisiana Town – MJ
FERC Grants Request to Begin Tree Cutting for Atlantic Coast Pipeline – EF!
2017 Was the Second Hottest Year on Record – MJ
The United States could become the world’s biggest oil producer. It’s been a while – G
Two Paychecks Podcast: Blockade Against McKenzie Forest Logging – EF!
Seeing Red on Climate – G
Air Pollution Killed More Than 6 Million People in 2016 – MJ
Two scary Antarctic glaciers might be joining forces to speed up melt – G
Finally, the world is talking about plastic pollution – TH

Research News

Explainer: What climate models tell us about future rainfall – CB
No river meant no floods for ancient Indus settlements – Earth
Why clouds hold the key to better climate models – CB
Why climate change is worsening public health problems – G
New NASA Study Solves Climate Mystery, Confirms Methane Spike Tied to Oil and Gas – R
New Climate Change Predictions: More Accurate, Less Terrible – MJ
Lots of popular climate change articles aren’t totally credible, scientists say – G
Climate change and weather extremes: Both heat and cold can kill – C
Are There Zombie Viruses In The Thawing Permafrost? – NPR
Is There A Ticking Time Bomb Under The Arctic? – NPR
Society saves $6 for every dollar spent on climate change resilience – G
Why the Forest Doesn’t Fear the Fire – NYT
Healthy to eat, unhealthy to grow: Strawberries embody the contradictions of California agriculture – C
Bigger, Faster Avalanches, Triggered by Climate Change – NYT
Tea is actually magical creativity juice – TH


Why I love the Slow Bicycling movement – An Outside Chance
Tolerating distraction – C
So is coal great again or what? – G
Can we stop treating kids like ‘delicate morons’? – TH
The energy of Bitcoin, the information economy and the (possible) decentralization of the world – Resource Insights
Lloyd Kahn’s good advice on how to rebuild after disaster – 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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