News Roundup — Dec. 21, 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

A tale of three cities – cycling in Valencia, Paris and London – An Outside Chance
Keeping Some of the Lights On: Redefining Energy Security – LOW-TECH MAGAZINE
Between Home and Hell – Dark Mountain
The Bone Walk – Dark Mountain
Where are the Bees Now? – Dark Mountain
Listening to nature: How sound can help us understand environmental change
The Carbon Farmer: a vision for UK Peatland conservation, agriculture and climate action. – Indie Farmer
One Home. Zero Energy Bills. | Natural Building Blog
A Nice Small Earthship in Australia | Natural Building Blog
Building with Earth | Natural Building Blog
The suburbs are the spiritual home of overconsumption. But they also hold the key to a better future – The Permaculture Research Institute
Growing Grains at the Home-Scale Farm – The Permaculture Research Institute
Winter Arrives, Planting Garlic, Bird Life and a New Forest Garden – The Polyculture Project – The Permaculture Research Institute
Humanure part 1: Why should we give a crap? – The Permaculture Research Institute
Humanure part 2: Dealing with it – The Permaculture Research Institute
Here’s what happened when Minneapolis schools ditched processed foods | TreeHugger
What’s the healthiest insulation? | TreeHugger
The missing piece of the plastic debate | TreeHugger
[Episode #84] – Designing Climate Solutions | The Energy Transition Show
1840 – Whole System Economics with Joel Solomon | The Permaculture Podcast
Beekeeping for the Future with Sam Comfort and Ray Redbud – Episode 67 – Treatment-Free Beekeeping Podcast

Environmental News

COP24: Key outcomes agreed at the UN climate talks in Katowice
COP24 or COP-OUT-24? When Nations Don’t Play Well with Others – CIVIL NOTION
Countries Struggle To Agree On Rules For Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions : NPR
For One City Manager, Climate Becomes A Matter Of Conscience : NPR
Guest post: Ten charts show how the world is progressing on clean energy | Carbon Brief
It’s (nearly) official: 2018 was the 4th warmest year in recorded history | Grist
California’s Fertile Valley Is Awash in Air Pollution – Mother Jones
The EPA Is Planning to Jeopardize the Water Quality for 117 Million Americans – Mother Jones
The Stinkiest, Dirtiest, Nastiest Renewable Energy You’ve Never Heard Of – Mother Jones
Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project Announces 2018 Year-End Work Report | Earth First! Newswire
‘We’re Sounding the Alarm’: Half of Canada’s Chinook Salmon Endangered | Earth First! Newswire
How Native American Tribes are Bringing Back the Bison from Brink of Extinction | Earth First! Newswire
As hunting declines, efforts grow to broaden the funding base for wildlife conservation

Research News

How Taiwan achieved one of the highest recycling rates in the world | Ensia
2018 visualisation update | Climate Lab Book
Agriculture is a big climate problem. Now farmers are sharing solutions. | Grist
Deep Beneath Your Feet, They Live in the Octillions – The New York Times
Penguin Poop, Seen From Space, Tells Our Climate Story – Mother Jones
How did ancient farmers take over Europe? | TreeHugger
The ecological costs of Canadian mining
The Insect Apocalypse Is Here – The New York Times


Is Climate Change Taking the Food from Our Mouths? – CIVIL NOTION
Hyperloop promises ultrafast transportation. But what does it mean for the environment? | Ensia
The Green New Deal Is Really Popular—Even Among Republicans – Mother Jones
Speed and localism | Feasta
Lucianne Walkowicz: Should We Be Using Mars As A Backup Planet? : NPR
Global warming should be called global heating, says key scientist | Grist
Resource Insights: Uber, Moore’s Law and the limits of the technofix
Elon Musk’s tunnel vision totally misses the point | Grist
‘We simply need wild country available to us’
Is the word ‘hunter-gatherer’ offensive? | TreeHugger
Can Cross-Laminated Timber save the world? | TreeHugger
It’s Up to Canadians to Save the Boreal Forest — and We’re Doing a Lousy Job | The Tyee
Are gyms what capitalism did to physical activity? | TreeHugger
The Great Change: Decapitalism by Yellow Vest

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.

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