News Roundup — May 18, 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

History and Future of the Compressed Air Economy – LOW-TECH MAGAZINE
Ditch the Batteries: Off-Grid Compressed Air Energy Storage – LOW-TECH MAGAZINE

London considering ‘car-free’ days to slash pollution | TreeHugger

It’s Bike To Work Week; here’s how to make it Bike To Work Year. | TreeHugger

These Wild Herbs Will Make You Want to Grow Your Own Pharmacy | Tenth Acre Farm

Restoring Mayberry: How not to become a beekeeper

Should I kill spiders in my home? An entomologist explains why not to

This is What 13 Years of Permaculture in Ireland Looks Like! | Natural Building Blog

Organic Growth Cities | Natural Building Blog

Brilliant DIY Off-Grid Water Heater Using a Rocket Stove – No Propane! | Natural Building Blog
[Episode #69] – Western Grid Regionalization | The Energy Transition Show
The edge of summer – An Outside Chance

Environmental News

Why are U.S. environmental groups so white? | Ensia
From the folks that brought us Dakota Access: Another fraught pipeline battle | Grist

For 400 months in a row, our planet has been unusually hot | Grist

Standing Rock Protest Rioting Charge Dropped Against Native Journalist Jenni Monet; Still Faces Trespassing Charge | Earth First! Newswire

UK: Local Council Issues Tree Preservation Orders to Stop Network Rail Felling | Earth First! Newswire

Germany: Update on Incarcerated Hambach Forest Defenders | Earth First! Newswire

Research News

When more humidity means less water | EARTH Magazine
Swelling clay slows landslides | EARTH Magazine

We can now see how humans have altered Earth’s water resources | Grist

Your shampoo, hair spray and skin lotion may be polluting the air

Using less plastic leads to fewer harmful chemicals in the body | TreeHugger

In the Arctic, the Old Ice Is Disappearing – The New York Times

The World Wants Air-Conditioning. That Could Warm the World. – The New York Times
Banned Ozone-Depleting Chemical Is Still Being Produced Somewhere, Scientists Say : The Two-Way : NPR
Warming Waters Push Fish To Cooler Climes, Out Of Some Fishermen’s Reach : The Salt : NPR

Louisiana Wants To Use The Muddy Mississippi To Build Up Its Coast : NPR

These Are the Countries That Will Have the Worst Temperature Swings in the Future – Mother Jones

Restricting global warming to 1.5C could ‘halve’ risk of biodiversity loss | Carbon Brief

UK onshore wind energy potential could ‘rise by 10%’ with 1.5C warming | Carbon Brief

Mapped: How global warming and land-use change threaten water security worldwide | Carbon Brief

Guest post: Climate change is already making droughts worse | Carbon Brief


Clean Energy vs. the Environment: A Cautionary Tale – Civil Notion
OPINION: As we rebuild U.S. infrastructure, let’s consider how less might really be more | Ensia

Managing the uplands: the need for a fresh approach

Water security essential to sustainability worldwide

The Secret Opinions of Rivers | The Dark Mountain Project

The Great Change: Why is your teenage sibling trying to kill you?


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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