News Roundup — Oct. 19, 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

Reclaiming the Urban Commons – Holmgren Permaculture Design
Layering Overgrown Tomato Plants | Deep Green Permaculture
Horseradish: Why I Should Try It Again – The Permaculture Research Institute
The Power of Return – Dark Mountain
8 ways to use up a ton of fresh spinach | TreeHugger
The Carriage House | Natural Building Blog
Forest Gardening in Practice | Natural Building Blog
[Episode #80] – Building Infrastructure as a Service | The Energy Transition Show

Environmental News

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the IPCC 1.5 Degree Report and the Nobel to Nordhaus | Feasta
Mapped: The Mediterranean world heritage sites at risk from sea level rise | Carbon Brief
Restocking wolves on Isle Royale raises questions about which species get rescued
Exxon funnelled climate denier cash through free market fronts
Grassy Narrows Land Declaration Bans All Industrial Logging | Earth First! Newswire
Hoopa Tribe Files Suit to Protect Salmon | Earth First! Newswire
Hurricane Michael Brings New Threat to Florida’s Victims: Toxic Red Tide | Earth First! Newswire
A new documentary puts fresh, young faces on the old debate over nuclear power | Grist
This Amazing True-Crime Story Involves Bees, Thieves, and Almonds – Mother Jones

Research News

This Video Perfectly Captures How the US Failed to Combat Climate Change – Mother Jones
How the Humble Bean Went Global – The New York Times
Mammals Can’t Evolve Fast Enough to Outrun Human-Caused Mass Extinction – Motherboard
Trees ‘can rescue us from climate crisis’
Old-Growth Forests May Help Songbirds Cope With Warming Climate : NPR
Beer Prices Could Double Because Of Climate Change, Study Says : NPR
Brewers Say Don’t Cry In Your Beer Over Global Warming : The Salt : NPR
Japan’s Cherry Blossoms (Some of Them) Appear Months Early – The New York Times
Guest post: How the Greenland ice sheet fared in 2018


Don’t blame Hurricane Michael victims for voting for climate deniers | Grist
Who is the we in ‘We are causing climate change’? | Grist
Is Sarah Silverman comedy’s new climate champion? | Grist
Cassandra’s Legacy: Why Economists Can’t Understand Complex Systems: Not Even the Nobel Prize, William Nordhaus
Resource Insights: Climate catastrophe: The median is NOT the message
Why aren’t we mining landfills for valuable stuff like metals and soil?
The Great Change: Twelve More Years To Do Nothing
Death by concrete truck is a problem that we can’t ignore any longer | TreeHugger
Feeding 10 billion people by 2050 will mean eating a lot less meat | TreeHugger
Governments must tackle meat over-consumption
Why It’s Hard To Change Minds About Climate Change – 1A
Scooters Reveal Urban America’s Transportation Crisis – Motherboard

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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