News Roundup — May 25, 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

1814 – Reducing our Footprint: Eliminating Single-Use Plastic with Paul Hellier | The Permaculture Podcast
This sourdough starter dates back to the Klondike Gold Rush | TreeHugger
When did people forget they could walk? | TreeHugger

I joined a guerilla mission to turn city trees into fruit trees | TreeHugger

Kings of the Yukon: a travel story as deep and wide as the great river – An Outside Chance

David reviews Heartwood by Rowan Reid – Holmgren Permaculture Design

Earthbag/ Rice Hull Tiny Boulder House/Survival Shelter | Natural Building Blog

Environmental News

In a Warming West, the Rio Grande Is Drying Up – The New York Times
Taking on Climate Change – The New York Times

These CRISPR-modified crops don’t count as GMOs

Utah sobers up from climate denial | Grist

Man plans 5,500 mile swim across Pacific to highlight plastic pollution | TreeHugger

California is shattering renewable records. So why are greenhouse emissions creeping up? | Grist

Paris is building the eco-community of the future right now. Here’s how. | Ensia

Research News

Warming stripes | Climate Lab Book
Analysis: How ‘natural climate solutions’ can reduce the need for BECCS | Carbon Brief

When it comes to kids, “There is no Mediterranean diet anymore.” | TreeHugger

5 ‘bad’ foods that are actually good for you | TreeHugger

5 sunscreen ingredients to avoid | TreeHugger

Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid’s Impact Also Caused Abrupt Global Warming : The Two-Way : NPR

As The Planet Warms, We’ll Be Having Rice With A Side Of CO2 : The Salt : NPR

Beyond honey bees: Wild bees are also key pollinators, and some species are disappearing

How More Carbon Dioxide Can Make Food Less Nutritious – The New York Times


Resource Insights: Genes, synecdoche and the possibility of editing ourselves
Dispatch 65: Wayfarer Waylaid | The Dark Mountain Project

Would Rachel Carson eat organic?

Guest post: Don’t shift the goalposts of Paris Agreement’s temperature limits | Carbon Brief

A 100% Renewable Grid isn’t just Feasible, it’s Already Happening – Resilience

Environmental Law Cases: Ruling the Far-Right Out of Order – Civil Notion


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