News Roundup — Sep. 28, 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

Wild greens could be a sustainable, nutritious and free food source | Ensia
Celebrating 10-Years at the Greening the Desert Project, Jordan. – The Permaculture Research Institute
Art of Climbing Trees – Dark Mountain
Masonry Heaters | Natural Building Blog
How to Build a Low-tech Website? – LOW-TECH MAGAZINE
Becoming a grazier ‘could help save our ecosystems’
Amish rainwater collection
Building A Better Mosquito Trap — One Scientist Thinks He’s Done It : NPR
What older generations can teach us about plastic-free living | TreeHugger
Happy 56th Anniversary, Silent Spring | TreeHugger

Environmental News

A Coal Ash Spill After Florence Could Contaminate a Major River – Mother Jones
Arctic sea ice summer minimum in 2018 is sixth lowest on record | Carbon Brief
China said it was done with these coal plants. Satellite imagery shows otherwise. | Grist
Trump’s latest rule rollback makes natural gas as dirty as coal | Grist
Hambacher Forest – Peaceful Resistance? | Earth First! Newswire
Judge Restores Grizzly Bears’ Protections As Endangered Species | Earth First! Newswire
Ninety-Nine Hour Anti-Fracking Protest “Caused Travel Delays and Cost £1,000s,” Sentencing Hearing Told | Earth First! Newswire
Coal Ash Spill Reported Outside Wilmington, NC as Florence’s Record Rain Totals Mount | Earth First! Newswire

Research News

How can we keep microfibers out of food, water and air? | Ensia
For the First Time, Scientists Prove Human Activity Is the Top Cause of Warming Antarctic Waters – Mother Jones
Power Outages During a Hurricane Can be Deadly. Solar Could Fix That. – Mother Jones
Methane-Eating Ocean Microbes Could Play a Major Role in Climate Change – Motherboard
Popular Weed Killer May Be Responsible for Global Bee Deaths – Motherboard
Fire Ecologists Say More Fires Should Be Left To Burn. So Why Aren’t They? : NPR
Congratulations. Your Study Went Nowhere. – The New York Times
Mapped: How every part of the world has warmed – and could continue to warm | Carbon Brief


Hello Humanity, it’s me, Technology. We need to talk. – The Permaculture Research Institute
Cassandra’s Legacy: Did the Club of Rome Ever Disavow “The Limits to Growth”? A Story of Ordinary Disinformation
Can New Energy Technologies Save the Planet? Ask the Sperm Whale | The Tyee

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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