News Roundup — June 1, 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

Battery Technologies for Off-Grid Living – The Permaculture Research Institute
Restoring Mayberry: Wild food in spring
No sweat: How to bike commute in summer | TreeHugger

4 ways to rewild your garden | TreeHugger

A beginner’s guide to plastic-free living | TreeHugger

Building with Earth and Straw workshop in Michigan | Natural Building Blog

Protecting crops with predators instead of poisons | Ensia

In praise of doing nothing

[Episode #70] – Who Should Control Wholesale Markets? | The Energy Transition Show

1816 – The Legality of Craft Distilling with Victoria Redhed Miller | The Permaculture Podcast

1815 – ReGen18 – Stuart Cowan, Director of Regenerative Development for The Capital Institute | The Permaculture Podcast

Moving Caught Swarms – Vignette 3 – Treatment-Free Beekeeping Podcast

Environmental News

The Best Parts About Summer Are Also the Worst for the Planet – Mother Jones
At the edge of the Arctic Circle, oil drilling threatens the indigenous Gwich’in | Grist

EU publishes single-use plastics ban law and the straw wars heat up | TreeHugger

Flip This Well: How Fracking Company CEOs Get Rich While Losing Billions – Resilience

Millions set to #PassOnPlastic for world’s first One Plastic Free Day

Last Straw For Plastic Straws? Cities, Restaurants Move To Toss These Sippers : The Salt : NPR

Solar plus storage is giving conventional fuels a run for their money | Ensia

New York: Three Arrested Outside Morgan Stanley Shareholder Meeting | Earth First! Newswire

Canada: Indigenous Activists Eye Oil Spill at Kinder Morgan Pumping Station | Earth First! Newswire

Many Republican mayors are advancing climate-friendly policies without saying so

The Coal Industry Is Dying, and It’s Leaving Communities Like This One to Pick Up the Pieces – Mother Jones

The sage grouse isn’t just a bird – it’s a proxy for control of Western lands

Airport earthquakes continued after injection ended | EARTH Magazine

Research News

Which warm waters boosted Hurricane Harvey? | EARTH Magazine
Mold, asthma, PTSD: A hotter climate is terrible for kids | Grist

Time and Temporal Inequality | Credo: Economic beliefs in a world in crisis


Cassandra’s Legacy: New Data Reveal the Hidden Mechanisms of the Collapse of the Roman Empire
Resource Insights: The toxic price of convenience

Organic Sustainable Farming is the Future of Agriculture | Natural Building Blog

The Great Change: Crow Fritters

Guest post: Exceeding 1.5C of global warming will hit poorest the hardest | Carbon Brief

Will Silicon Valley’s new company towns end up as failed utopias?

What does it mean to ‘live well’? | TreeHugger

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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