News Roundup — Oct. 12, 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

Backyard Chickens, and the Interconnectedness of all things. Part 2 – The Permaculture Research Institute
A Permanent Culture – The Permaculture Research Institute
Restoring Mayberry: Pedal power
Vintage photos: World War II “victory gardens” | TreeHugger
‘Life Without Plastic: The Practical Step-by-Step Guide to Avoiding Plastic to Keep Your Family and the Planet Healthy’ (book review) | TreeHugger
The best flannel shirt is made from wool | TreeHugger
How do we future-proof our buildings? | TreeHugger
Why do we demolish buildings instead of deconstructing them? | Ensia
Beech Bark Book – Dark Mountain
Growing Great Tomatoes: Planting ’em Out – Milkwood
Food waste and circular economies
Ecology and the ethics of finance
1832 -Mother Earth News Fair 2018 | The Permaculture Podcast
1833 – Brew Beer Like a Yeti with Jereme Zimmerman | The Permaculture Podcast

Environmental News

E.P.A. to Disband a Key Scientific Review Panel on Air Pollution – The New York Times
The Climate Outlook Is Dire. So, What’s Next? – The New York Times
In A Drying Climate, Colorado’s ‘Water Cop’ Patrols For Water Thieves : NPR
Despite A Ban, Arkansas Farmers Are Still Spraying Controversial Weedkiller Dicamba : The Salt : NPR
Henry Red Cloud is planting hope with 100,000 saplings | Grist
Outdated framing by the European Commission lessens our chances of keeping to 1.5 degrees | Feasta
Can Australia rehabilitate its thousands of legacy mine sites? | Ensia
Canada: Pipeline Explosion Near Prince George Forces About 100 Evacuations from First Nation Community | Earth First! Newswire
Germany: Update From Hambach Forest | Earth First! Newswire
“Stunning”: State Court Silences Climate Experts Set to Testify in Valve Turners’ Necessity Defense Trial | Earth First! Newswire

Research News

UK homes need ‘deep efficiency retrofit’ to meet climate goals | Carbon Brief
Mapped: Where ‘afforestation’ is taking place around the world | Carbon Brief
How Fruit Became So Sugary : NPR
What It Would Take To Avert The Dire Situation Described In The U.N. Climate Report : NPR
Affordable carbon capture with a soda on the side | Grist
An Environmentally Sound Alternative to Portland Cement | Natural Building Blog
Where will the San Andreas Fault rupture next? | EARTH Magazine
Surfactants slow oceanic carbon dioxide uptake | EARTH Magazine


The Climate Crisis as seen by the economics mainstream | Credo: Economic beliefs in a world in crisis
Cassandra’s Legacy: Could Donald Trump be the Last World Emperor? States and Empires After the End of the Fossil Age
Cassandra’s Legacy: Could Donald Trump be the Last World Emperor? States and Empires After the End of the Fossil Age
Can Humanity Get Out of Its Latest ‘Progress Trap’? | The Tyee
What Is Ecosocialism?
On Sheep: Moving from the City to Small Scale Sheep Farming – Indie Farmer
Why doesn’t the U.S. bury its power lines?
Why we can’t reverse climate change with ‘negative emissions’ technologies

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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