News Roundup — February 23, 2018

[Editor’s Note: Sorry to have missed last week. We’re back in town and working diligently again.]

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

Why Growing Veggies in the City Isn’t Just a Feel-Good Exercise – MJ
Food by local farmers. Distribution system by ants – Ensia
When to Start Seeds: Your Guide to 30 Garden Vegetables – Tenth Acre Farm
Dark Kitchen: Making Friends with Microbes – Dark Mountain Project
Pathways to Deep Decarbonization – Energy Transition Show
Breathing Highways and Sponge Cities – The Great Change
A Self-Sufficient Off-Grid Farm near Lake Geneva – NBB
1805 – Avery Ellis on Aquaponics, Water Harvesting, and Creating the Laws We Need – Permaculture Podcast
Floating Container Gardens – NBB
No-Till for Growers – Realising the Promise of Soil Health in Organic Horticulture – Indie Farmer

Environmental News

“The Water Stinks.” For Many Rural Americans the Only Choice Is Toxic. – MJ
Environmental Activists Attacked in Mexico, Bus Lit on Fire – EF!
Protesters Surround Maryland Governor’s Mansion over Potomac Pipeline – EF!
Arkansas banned a weedkiller. Now, Monsanto is suing. – G
It’s a steamy 80 degrees in New England. In February. That’s bad. – G
Animals are Using Colorado’s Wildlife Crossings, Reducing Collisions – EF!
Crazy floods hit the Midwest when hardly anyone was looking – G
Anti-Pipeline Activists Set to Converge on Burnaby Mountain in March – EF!
Coal Jobs Have Gone Up Under Trump, But Not Because Of His Policies – NPR
Navajo Nation Victorious in Initial Gold King Mine Spill Ruling – EF!

Research News

How climate change is altering air travel – Ensia
Every five-year delay in meeting Paris goals could ‘add 20cm’ to global sea levels – CB
Trends in extremes – Climate Lab Book
Ditch the deodorant, save the planet? – G
Stunning new research finds fracking a major source of carbon pollution in Pennsylvania – Think Progress
New study questions impact of ending fossil fuel subsidies – CB
Polar ice is lost at sea – G
Junk Food for Salmon – The Great Change
Energy efficiency is leaving low-income Americans behind – G


The Green Movement Is Lily White. That’s a Problem. – MJ
The Strategy of Maximal Extraction – R
The good, the bad and the way forward in the Amazon – Ensia
Fie on Nye? Was the Science Community Right to Censure the Science Guy? – Civil Notion
More thoughts on the good life – Feasta
Green Science’s White People Problem – G
LNG comes to Boston, a harbinger of the future? – Resource Insights
Bitcoin gobbles up clean energy — just when the real world needs it most – G

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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