News Roundup — Feb. 15, 2019

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

Growing Turmeric in the Ground in Temperate Climates | Deep Green Permaculture
In Search of a Lexicon for the Deep Core – Dark Mountain
Summit & Abyss – Dark Mountain
Former coal towns look to the outdoor economy for their next act | Ensia
An Urban Food Forest and Therapy Garden: Angelo and Lana’s Journeys – The Permaculture Research Institute
Ponds can absorb more carbon than woodland – here’s how they can fight climate change in your garden – The Permaculture Research Institute
Permaculture’s Origin Story: Mollison’s PDM. Oh, and Nature – The Permaculture Research Institute
How to Be a Green Traveler – The New York Times
Bike-friendly cities should be designed for everyone, not just for wealthy white cyclists
How urban agriculture can improve food security in US cities
Climate change and deep adaptation
Passive Cooling | Natural Building Blog
Plastic pollution seems like such an overwhelming problem. What can I do? | Grist
1904 – Rob Avis on the Essentials of Rainwater Harvesting | The Permaculture Podcast

Environmental News

Four Catholic Workers Shut Off Valves at Enbridge Lines 3 and 4 | Earth First! Newswire
The White Earth Band of Ojibwe Enacts First-of-its-Kind Law Securing the Rights of a Plant Species | Earth First! Newswire
Hamilton, ON: Group Destroys Police Locks, Keypads, and Leaves Message: “RCMP OFF WET’SUWET’EN LAND” | Earth First! Newswire
ClientEarth launches legal hub for forest defenders
Loop wants us to rethink consumption. It seems like a logistical disaster that might actually work. | Grist
Tests for Oil in Arctic Refuge Won’t Happen This Winter, Officials Say – The New York Times
Oil Spill Shuts TransCanada’s Keystone Pipeline in Same County Where ‘Paper-thin’ Pipe Found in 2012 | DeSmogBlog
Energy Transfer Pipeline Projects on Hold in Pennsylvania After String of Violations | DeSmogBlog

Research News

Geologic Column: Is this land really your land? | EARTH Magazine
Archaeologists hit pay dirt in medieval latrines | EARTH MagazineSounding Out Earth’s Hum | EARTH MagazineHot but not bothered: Warm soils favor microbes with small genomes | EARTH MagazineMediterranean heritage sites threatened by rising seas | EARTH MagazineNew Report Warns Geoengineering the Climate Is a ‘Risky Distraction’ | DeSmogBlogDecades-long study shines light on impacts of pesticides | EnsiaNASA Just Announced That 2018 Was the Fourth-Hottest Year on Record – Mother JonesDoomsday Postponed? The Takeaway From the Big New Antarctica Studies – Mother JonesThis map shows you what your city will feel like in 2080 and boy, are we in for a treat | GristWatch pollution move around the world (video) | TreeHuggerWhy we should assume animals are conscious | TreeHuggerUK doctors advise parents to limit kids’ screen time | TreeHuggerHoneybees Can Add and Subtract, Study Finds – Motherboard


Succeeding Generations of Green— The Dean and AOC – CIVIL NOTION
Are Investors Finally Waking up to North America’s Fracked Gas Crisis? | DeSmogBlog
Finance, Fossil Fuels, and Climate Change: Networks of Power in Canada
Cassandra’s Legacy: The Sower’s Strategy: Norway Leads the Way Toward the Energy Transition
This Is the Green New Deal’s Biggest Problem – Mother Jones
Critics of the Green New Deal Dismissed It as a Marketing Ploy. AOC Just Showed Them It’s For Real. – Mother Jones
Green New Deal leaves nuclear option on table | Grist
The Great Change: Dancing with Ulysses
Why public transit shouldn’t have to pay for itself | TreeHugger
Is nuclear power “the only proven climate solution”? | TreeHugger
Let the kids be bored | TreeHugger
Venezuela’s collapse is a window into how the Oil Age will unravel
Resource Insights: Is a key ingredient humans need to live about to run short?
Regenerative agriculture can make farmers stewards of the land again

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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