News Roundup — June 29, 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

Energy: A Human History – a slim slice of history and science – An Outside Chance
1821 – Sprig the Rescue Pig with Leslie Crawford | The Permaculture Podcast

[Episode #72] – The Future of Solar | The Energy Transition Show

How do you carry your groceries home? | TreeHugger

Permaculture chickens – 6 practical lessons from the evolution of chickens – The Permaculture Research Institute

Greening the Desert with Permaculture – The Permaculture Research Institute

The Greenest Building is the One Already Built | Natural Building Blog
Is Your Dream Farm Abandoned And Waiting For You? | Natural Building Blog
Organica Straw Bale House | Natural Building Blog

Earthbag Canteen Project in Kathmandu, Nepal | Natural Building Blog

Bearing Witness to a Disappearing World – Dark Mountain

Product Review – Ryset Fruit Protection Bags | Deep Green Permaculture

Environmental News

A Win for the Oil Companies: No Actionable Tort(ure) Was Found – Civil Notion
Tropical Forests Suffered Near-Record Tree Losses in 2017 – The New York Times

Estimated 230,000 Gallons of Crude Oil Spills Into Iowa River After Train Derailment | Earth First! Newswire

New Blockade in California’s Mattole Forest Protects Old Growth from Timber Harvest Plans | Earth First! Newswire

Cassandra’s Legacy: The Betrayal of a Nation. How the Kiribati People Will be Left to Drown

The Carbon Brief Profile: Japan | Carbon Brief

Research News

‘Atlantification’ of Arctic sea tipping it towards new climate regime | Carbon Brief
What’s making Europe’s trees so sick? | TreeHugger


If we want to solve complex environmental and social problems, we need to think in terms of systems | Ensia
How to realistically reduce plastic pollution in everyday life

It is time to get serious about the hidden carbon cost in everyday products | TreeHugger
The Great Change: Sargon and the Sea Peoples
Japan and Europe have wonderful train systems. Why can’t we? | Grist
What will make the fashion industry greener? | TreeHugger
Crop insurance is good for farmers, but not always for the environment

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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