News Roundup — April 20, 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

Novelist Richard Powers Finds New Stories Deep In Old Growth Forests : NPR
How Do Birds Get Oxygen Inside Eggs? : NPR
Can Dirt Save the Earth? – The New York Times
How the lowly mushroom is becoming a nutritional star

No Dig Gardening: feed the soil not the plants for many, easier harvests and few weeds | Natural Building Blog

Restoring Mayberry: How not to build a chicken coop

Why working forests are the answer: five benefits of well-managed forests to appreciate this Earth Day | TreeHugger

Honeybees make a cute ‘whoop’ when they’re surprised | TreeHugger

Is Aquaponics the Right Choice? – The Permaculture Research Institute

Book Review – How to Start a Worm Bin: Your Guide to Getting Started with Worm Composting by Henry Owen | Deep Green Permaculture

[Episode #67] – Transition’s Disruptors Part 2 | The Energy Transition Show

1811: Designing for Disasters and Responding with Natural Building | The Permaculture Podcast

The mobility maze – An Outside Chance

Environmental News

Battery recycling underlies elevated lead in African soils | EARTH Magazine
The Secret of the Great American Fracking Bubble – Resilience

Landowners Question If Pipeline Companies Seizing Land to Export Oil and Gas Counts as ‘Public Good’ – Resilience

These States want to Make Planning a Pipeline Protest a Crime – Resilience

US rivers are becoming saltier – and it’s not just from treating roads in winter

Officials Say Flint’s Water Is Safe. Residents Say It’s Not. Scientists Say It’s Complicated. – Mother Jones

Parents Didn’t Want Fracking Near Their School. So the Oil Company Chose a Poorer School, Instead. – Mother Jones

To Curb Ocean Pollution, U.K. May Ban Plastic Straws, Stirrers And Cotton Swabs : The Two-Way : NPR

The whole island of Puerto Rico went dark for the first time since Hurricane Maria. | Grist

The shipping industry sets sail toward a carbon-free future | Grist
In the California desert, a battery project looms over Native land | Grist
Poland Violated EU Laws by Logging in Białowieża Forest, Court Rules | Earth First! Newswire

New Video from the Hambach Forest Occupation in Germany | Earth First! Newswire

Pipeline Spills 290,000 Litres of Crude Oil Emulsion in Northern Alberta | Earth First! Newswire

One Week At War for La ZAD: A Timeline | Earth First! Newswire

Research News

Unprecedented exploration of undersea volcano yields surprising results | EARTH Magazine
From farm to filter: Restored wetlands remediate nitrogen pollution | EARTH Magazine
New Study Says Ancient Humans Hunted Big Mammals To Extinction : The Two-Way : NPR

Atlantic Ocean Current Slows Down To 1,000-Year Low, Studies Show : NPR

Great Barrier Reef at ‘unprecedented’ risk of collapse after major bleaching event | Carbon Brief

CO2 emissions from wildfires have fallen over past 80 years, study finds | Carbon Brief

Heavy rainfall events increasing | Climate Lab Book

Earth’s Powerful, Climate-Shaping Water Currents Are Weak and Broken and It’s Time to Freak Out – Mother Jones

Turtles Have Led Us to Their Secret Seagrass Meadows – Mother Jones


From Ivory Tower to global problem solver – aligning academia to the Sustainable Development Goals | Feasta
Cursed to live in interesting times | Feasta

The Great Change: How Many Trees Do We Need?

Picking up litter is the new sexy | TreeHugger

It seems that wherever there is a bike lane, there is a bikelash. | TreeHugger

Resource Insights: Fake news, algorithmic sentinels, and facts from the future

I’m skeptical of the synthetic age, says ecology philosopher Christopher Preston


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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