News Roundup — May 4, 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

A backlash against ‘mixed’ foods led to the demise of a classic American dish
Restoring Mayberry: Sauerkraut

Family tests Rotterdam self-sufficient home within greenhouse | Natural Building Blog

Rice hull concrete for cool room insulation | Natural Building Blog

[Episode #68] – Environmental Economics | The Energy Transition Show

1812 – Being Present for Ourselves and Others with Rhonda Baird | The Permaculture Podcast

How to process wild clay

It’s time to make protected bike lanes and sidewalks part of every road design | TreeHugger

9 summer hats that are stylish and sustainable | TreeHugger

Understanding Biological Farming: A simplified understanding of ‘compost tea’ a plant and soil probiotic – The Permaculture Research Institute

Environmental News

State of the climate: Warm start to 2018 despite La Niña conditions | Carbon Brief
The race is on to decarbonize the world’s 50,000-plus ships | Ensia

The Bering Sea’s ice has never melted this early before | Grist

The water war that will decide the fate of 1 in 8 Americans | Grist

Landowner Aims To Bring Wolves Back To Scotland, Centuries After They Were Wiped Out : Parallels : NPR

Hawaii Approves Bill Banning Sunscreen Believed To Kill Coral Reefs : The Two-Way : NPR

Foxconn Will Drain 7 Million Gallons of Water Per Day From Lake Michigan to Make LCD Screens | Earth First! Newswire

Three Shut Downs, Two Days—Continued Resistance to the Bayou Bridge Pipeline | Earth First! Newswire

Research News

Small strips of prairie hold hope for reducing farms’ environmental impact
Another problem with China’s coal: Mercury in rice

The surprising benefits of predators

Algae could light up our cities at night | TreeHugger

Global Warming Coud Bring Extreme Temperature Swings — And Poor Countries Could Be Hardest Hit : Goats and Soda : NPR

Meet the tick that’s forcing Americans to give up their meat | Grist

“Holy Shit. This is Dangerous”: Nixon, a Soviet Bomb Test, and a Top-Secret Climate Study – Mother Jones


Are public objections to wind farms overblown?
The Dangerous Belief That Extreme Technology Will Fix Climate Change | Earth First! Newswire

The ninety percent and the tithe | Feasta

Why we need radical efficiency, radical simplicity and radical sufficiency | TreeHugger

How cultivating hope can help build a better future

Dark Mountain: Issue 13 – Dear Sophie | The Dark Mountain Project

Dark Kitchen: Making Friends with Microbes | The Dark Mountain Project

The Great Change: Spring Cleaning


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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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