News Roundup — July 20, 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

Rooting Edible Plant Cuttings in Water | Deep Green Permaculture
How to Make Instant Garden Beds – The Permaculture Research Institute
How to Start an Urban Farm – The Permaculture Research Institute
73 Earthbag Clay Houses for Nepali Farmers | Natural Building Blog
Regenerative Forest Gardens by Ernst Gotsch | Natural Building Blog
Homemade Wood-Fired Pizza Oven Cost Nothing At All To Build (And Feeds Small Multitude) | Natural Building Blog
Thing-makers, tool freaks and prototypers: How the Whole Earth Catalog’s optimistic message reinvented the environmental movement in 1968
Welcome to Tampa, Where Feral Chickens Are High on the Pecking Order – Mother Jones

Environmental News

IEA: Renewables investment in India topped fossil fuels for first time in 2017
Juliana v US: A Case of Perpetual Motion(s)? – Civil Notion
Minnesota: Judge Accepts Water Protectors’ Climate Change Necessity Defense, March on Wells Fargo Follows | Earth First! Newswire
Deformed Fish, Rabbits With Two Genitals: Canada’s Largest National Park Is Falling Apart – Motherboard
As synthetic microfibers infiltrate food, water and air, how can we prevent future release? | Ensia
Fossil Fuel Industries Outspend Clean Energy Advocates on Climate Lobbying by 10 to 1 – Mother Jones

Research News

During a Historic Heat Wave, Researchers Make the Case for Sustainable Cooling – Mother Jones
Slowdown of Atlantic conveyor belt could trigger ‘two decades’ of rapid global warming | Carbon Brief
‘Powerful evidence’ of global warming’s effect on seasons found in troposphere | Carbon Brief
The Oldest Bread Ever Found Dates Back 14,400 Years and Predates Agriculture – Motherboard
What does ‘mean’ actually mean? | Climate Lab Book
This year’s global hurricane boom could go into overdrive | Grist


Cassandra’s Legacy: The Coming Population Crash: A Seneca Cliff Ahead for Humankind?
OPINION: Now more than ever, scientists need to communicate better. Here’s how. | Ensia
The music of time – or how we’ll not change the music unless we change how we sing | Feasta
The enemy of my enemies is a plastic straw | Grist
New evidence shows we’re still way too addicted to fossil fuels | Grist
Resource Insights: “In Praise of Idleness” Revisited

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