News Roundup — February 9, 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

The climate revolution: a manual for head, hands and heart – An Outside Chance
How to Plan Your New Vegetable Garden Step by Step – Deep Green Permaculture
How fumes from farms are harming our health — and what we can do about it – Ensia
Bringing Earthbags to the People – A New, Democratic Approach to Sustainable Building – NBB
Learn Natural Building for Free – Volunteer Opportunities Worldwide – NBB
Garden in winter – Restoring Mayberry
Dark Kitchen: Uncivilising the Table – Dark Mountain
Norway decides in favor of wild reindeer over energy – TH
How Advance Cost Recovery Swindled the South – Energy Transition Show
Three Year Sideliner with Aaron Brink – Episode 63 – Treatment-Free Beekeeping Podcast
English Lords a’leaping to conclusions about bike lanes and pollution – TH
‘Achtung Baby: An American Mom on the German Art of Raising Self-Reliant Children’ (book review) – TH
It’s time to put our roads on a low salt diet – TH
An airport, a ferry company and several restaurant chains are all banning plastic straws – TH
What your trash reveals about your spending habits – TH

Environmental News

Australia: Lock the Gate Alliance Fights Plans to Cut Endangered Forest for Coal Mine – EF!
“Valve Turner” To Spend Year in Prison – EF!
EPA Head Scott Pruitt Says Global Warming May Help “Humans Flourish” – MJ
The Energy Department expects no decline in America’s carbon emissions by 2050 – G
California Appears Headed Back To Drought – NPR

Research News

New study questions impact of ending fossil fuel subsidies – CB
Quantifying our Faustian bargain with fossil fuels – Carbon Code Red
Long-term climate variability ‘could fall’ as the world warms – CB


Devil’s Bargain – G
Ruin is forever (revisited): Why your death isn’t as bad as that of all humankind – Resource Insights
In praise of the slow bike -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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