News Roundup — Aug. 3, 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

Restoring Mayberry: Making charcoal
Restoring Mayberry: Travelling
How to be a good forager
Cattle fed on wildflowers could help save dwindling meadows
Wolves, rewilding, and sacred ecology
The secrets to creating a hedgehog’s perfect home, from @PTES
A food revolution starts with seed, argues Rowan Phillimore from @GaiaFoundation
Use this instead of grass for your lawn | TreeHugger
How to eat a mountain of greens in a week | TreeHugger
12-Plus Methods for Keeping Challenging Weeds and Pests Out of the Garden – The Permaculture Research Institute
Falcon in the storm #04 – Critical Mass Heaters – Transition Network
Apple Tree Diseases and Planting Location | Deep Green Permaculture
How to grow redworms on a large scale and produce worm castings | Natural Building Blog
1826 – Essential Earthbag Construction with Kelly Hart | The Permaculture Podcast
[Episode #74] – Climate Science Part 10: How to limit warming to 1.5°C without CCS | The Energy Transition Show

Environmental News

‘Global Greening’ Sounds Good. In the Long Run, It’s Terrible. – The New York Times
Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change – The New York Times
California’s fire tornado is what climate change looks like | Grist
Hot weather strains the grid. Here’s how we could fix that. | Grist
Should big corporations pay for clean energy? Portland voters will decide. | Grist
Crops Are Dying. Forests Are Burning. This Summer’s Heat Wave Has Fueled Natural Disasters Around the World. – Mother Jones
Louisiana: Another Treesit Goes Up in the Path of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline | Earth First! Newswire
California Wildfires Are “Climate Change, for Real and in Real Time” | Earth First! Newswire
Ohio: Accident Sends 20,000 Gallons of Drilling Fluid Into Maumee River Tributary | Earth First! Newswire

Research News

Can green space improve mental health? | Grist
Can geothermal become an affordable energy source?
Renewable energy can pose a threat to wildlife – but remains the best alternative, argues @meetalycia
2017 Was One Of The Hottest Years On Record : NPR
When The Weather Is Extreme, Is Climate Change To Blame? : NPR
Does Monsanto’s Roundup cause cancer? Trial highlights the difficulty of proving a link
Hives in the City – The New York Times
Climate change made 2018 European heatwave up to ‘five times’ more likely
State of the climate: 2018 set to be fourth warmest year despite cooler start | Carbon Brief
How to Limit Warming to 1.5°C without CCS – Resilience


OPINION: Let’s follow New Zealand’s lead in how we measure well-being | Ensia
Our house design problem isn’t too many rooms, it’s too much stuff | TreeHugger
Reducing food waste: ‘One of the most important things we can do to reverse global warming’ | TreeHugger
Is endless growth a problem? | TreeHugger
The Great Change: Addicts and Gangsters
Crime of the 21st Century

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