News Roundup — July 6, 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

Fixes for Nutrient Deficient Soil – The Permaculture Research Institute
Straw Bale Gardens – The Permaculture Research Institute

Eat your greens like the whole world depends on it!

The Proper Use of Lawn Alternatives | Deep Green Permaculture

9 ways to cool your body and home without AC | TreeHugger

Bike Jargon Watch: Shoaling | TreeHugger

Family Flourishing on an Urban 1/4 acre Permaculture Plot | Natural Building Blog

Nectre Bakers Oven/Woodstove Review | Natural Building Blog

Seeds of Ba’al – Dark Mountain

How Land under Solar Panels can Contribute to Food Security – Resilience

We Can’t Do It Ourselves – LOW-TECH MAGAZINE

Environmental News

Denmark allows fast and heavy “speed pedelecs” in the bike lanes. What were they thinking? | TreeHugger
Lock Down Stops Bayou Bridge Pipeline Construction in Louisiana | Earth First! Newswire

The Farm Bill debate is heating up. Here’s why it matters. | Grist

Research News

The Dirty Little Secret Behind “Clean Energy” Wood Pellets – Mother Jones
Spending time alone in nature is good for your mental and emotional health

How trees talk to each other and share gifts | TreeHugger

Guest post: How use of land in pursuit of 1.5C could impact biodiversity

Analysis: ‘Global’ warming varies greatly depending where you live

Humans, fish and other organisms are consuming microfibers | Ensia

Feasting rituals – and the cooperation they require – are a crucial step toward human civilization


Science denialism is dangerous. But so is science imperialism. | Ensia
Resource Insights: Is the decline of coal a national security problem?

Is Seattle’s straw ban a green gateway drug or just peak slactivism? | Grist

Cassandra’s Legacy: Overpopulation Problem? What Overpopulation Problem?

The Great Change: Kahului Underwater

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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