News Roundup — March 30, 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 Charm of Cabbage – The Permaculture Research Institute
Restoring Mayberry: Splitting wood rightly

Robyn’s Research Project with Robyn Underwood and Michael Bush – Episode 65 – Treatment-Free Beekeeping Podcast

A Commercial Beekeeper Goes Treatment-Free with Jacob Wustner – Episode 66 – Treatment-Free Beekeeping Podcast
Earthbag Hobbit House Building | Natural Building Blog
Bamboo Building and Agroforestry Workshops – Ecuador | Natural Building Blog
Building a Long-term Camp in the Canadian Wilderness | Natural Building Blog
AUTARK-HAUS Self Sufficient Home, Germany | Natural Building Blog
Compact self-sufficient house has a terraced roof garden | TreeHugger
Say goodbye to New York’s glorious glass sidewalks | TreeHugger

How long does it take to make clothes? | TreeHugger
Littering is a big problem, but who’s really to blame? | TreeHugger
I accidentally stopped using shampoo for two months; here’s what happened | TreeHugger
Do hot water recirculating systems save money? | TreeHugger
McDonald’s takes action on plastic straws | TreeHugger
This Politician Wants New Yorkers to Have the ‘Right to Disconnect’ – Motherboard
In search of safe replacements for harmful chemicals used in cookware, carpets, clothing, cosmetics and more | Ensia
Richard Heinberg on Sustainable Nation Podcast – Resilience
Fossil Fuels are the Problem, Say Fossil Fuel Companies Being Sued – Resilience

Environmental News

Massachusetts: Anti-pipeline Campaigners Found Not Guilty Because “Protest Against Climate Change Crisis” Was Legal “Necessity” | Earth First! Newswire
“Free The Soil”: Activists Blockade Synthetic Fertalizer Company | Earth First! Newswire

Coal mine planning permission refused due to climate concerns
California Has a Controversial Plan to Solve Its Housing Crisis. Drivers Aren’t Going to Like It. – Mother Jones
Judge to Wyoming and Montana: Less coal mining, more climate minding. | Grist
From wildfires to floods, climate change keeps coming for Montecito, California | Grist
Walking and biking Torontonians stage “die-in” to demand safer streets | TreeHugger
Large-Scale Animal Agriculture Is Threatening Rural Communities. Congress Is About to Make it Worse. – Mother Jones
Leaked Memo: EPA Gives Its Employees Talking Points on How to Downplay Climate Science – Mother Jones

Research News

Feasta submission to the Post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy consultation process | Feasta
Researchers Realize ‘Rewilding’ Missing Carnivores May Help Restore Habitats | Earth First! Newswire
More Than 75 Percent of Earth’s Land Areas Are ‘Broken,’ Major Report Finds – Motherboard
Study Predicts Major Expansion of Offshore Wind along Atlantic coast – Resilience
Mother Bears Get More Caring : The Two-Way : NPR
Lobsters V. Whales: Maine’s Iconic Industry May Have To Change To Help Gentle Giants : The Salt : NPR
Expect tens of millions of internal climate migrants by 2050, says World Bank | Carbon Brief

Global warming to date could ‘obliterate’ a third of glacier ice | Carbon Brief
Arctic sea ice hits second-lowest winter peak on record | Carbon Brief
Meet a 63-Year-Old, 7,800-Acre, Living Laboratory – Mother Jones
The Science About Eating Out That Will Scare You Into Cooking Your Own Dinners – Mother Jones

Which country is doing the most to reduce its carbon emissions? | Grist


If we want water security, we must diversify water supply | Ensia
The Big Story: Can We Change Civilization by Changing Its Origin Story? – Resilience

The Great Change: NTHE is a Four Letter Word
Discussions Of Death, Dying And Life : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR
Excerpts from ‘100 Views of the Drowning World’ | The Dark Mountain Project
Climate science’s official text is outdated. Here’s what it’s missing. | Grist
In-depth: Is Shell’s new climate scenario as ‘radical’ as it says? | Carbon Brief
Reduce, Reuse, Rethink: Remaking Recycling – 1A

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