News Roundup — Nov. 9, 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

De-composure – Dark Mountain
A modest investment with major dividends: cycling culture in the Netherlands – An Outside Chance
The Results – A Trial Looking at 5 Ways to Prepare Beds for Tree and Shrub Planting – Which one is the best? – The Permaculture Research Institute
7 Ways to Use the Humble Choko Vine – The Permaculture Research Institute
Homesteading Family Living Off-Grid in a Spectacular Earthship | Natural Building Blog
The Lost Art of Pantries and Root Cellars | Natural Building Blog
Don’t hibernate this winter | TreeHugger
Experimental mini-greenhouse plays host to urban plants & bees | TreeHugger
6 different kitchen floors that are healthy and green | TreeHugger
Passive House and permaculture are a perfect mix | TreeHugger
The secret power of the flexitarian | TreeHugger
The Right to Roam: tips for first-time foragers – Milkwood
Restoring Mayberry: Listening to the land
Mountain Hall Farm: Our year of graduation – Indie Farmer
1835 – Natural Building, Community, and Opportunity with Clare Kenny of The Mudgirls | The Permaculture Podcast
[Episode #81] – Principles of Energy Transition | The Energy Transition Show

Environmental News

“It’s a Ghost Page”: EPA Site’s Climate Change Section May Be Gone for Good – Mother Jones
Big Oil and Gas Are Spending Tens of Millions to Defeat Environmental Initiatives – Mother Jones
A Good Climate Policy Rises Above Politics – Mother Jones
As Arctic ship traffic increases, narwhals and other unique animals are at risk
German city going to court to fight composting | TreeHugger
Judge Blocks the Disputed Keystone XL Pipeline in a Setback for Trump’s Energy Agenda – The New York Times
Debunking False Accusations Regarding Trash of the L’eau Est La Vie Camp | Earth First! Newswire
In Northern Michigan, Tribes Protesting Line 5 Hunker down for Winter | Earth First! Newswire

Research News

Algae ate themselves to death and caused a global extinction | EARTH Magazine
Going subterranean: Repurposed mines become innovative labs | EARTH Magazine
Seed Vaults Can’t Save a Third of Critically Endangered Plants – Motherboard
Do fracking mini-quakes matter?
Tree planting ‘no way to seed a forest’
Tree Teachings: How Fossil Fuels and Climate Change Are Altering the Global Forest | The Tyee
Solar geoengineering may not halt ocean warming, study says | Carbon Brief
Guest post: Did bombing during second world war cool global temperatures? | Carbon Brief
Can we meet a growing need for food without destroying our environment? | Ensia


Cassandra’s Legacy: Will we Ever be Able to End Wars? How the Wise are Confused
Cassandra’s Legacy: Epistemology of a Dying Empire: Can Growth Last Forever?
Cassandra’s Legacy: The Seneca Rebound: why Growth is Faster after Collapse. Explaining the European World Dominance
IPCC says we have 12 years to cut carbon by 45%. What does that look like? | TreeHugger
Resource Insights: Is the “world” actually getting better? Depends on your definition of “world”
The Great Change: Why Permaculture Puts Food First
The Great Change: Hope from Havana
How Circular is the Circular Economy? – LOW-TECH MAGAZINE
Culture and climate | Feasta

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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