News Roundup — Mar. 1, 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

How to Design and Build A Forest Garden – Part 1. Surveying – The Permaculture Research Institute
Reflections on fire – February 2019 – Holmgren Permaculture Design
The Lightning Field – Dark Mountain
Heat your House with a Water Brake Windmill – LOW-TECH MAGAZINE
Horticultural Glues and Tree Banding Trees to Controls Ants and Other Pests | Deep Green Permaculture
The Future is Rural: The Unexpected Consequence of Energy Descent – Resilience
Restoring Mayberry: The world-changing potential of hot composting
15 practices of a waste-conscious home cook | TreeHugger
Memo to bicycle industry: Bikes ARE climate action | TreeHugger
This teacher wore the same dress for 100 days | TreeHugger
Beacon Food Forest after a Decade | Natural Building Blog
Places to Find Recycled Tools, Appliances and Building Materials | Natural Building Blog
[Episode #89] – Energy Access and Health | The Energy Transition Show
1905 – So You Want To Be A Modern Homesteader with Kirsten Lie-Nielsen | The Permaculture Podcast
68: A Migratory Queen Rearer with Angela Röell
69: Beekeeping Using All Your Senses with Aerial and Christine

Environmental News

Hundreds of young protesters confront Mitch McConnell over Green New Deal | Grist
A bunch of kids confronted Senator Dianne Feinstein over the Green New Deal | Grist
When environmentalists busted up dams, coal moved in | Grist
Can hamburgers survive the Green New Deal? The facts behind Trump and Ocasio-Cortez’s latest beef | Grist
You can’t take on climate change without tackling sprawl | Grist
America can afford a Green New Deal – here’s how
How a Green New Deal could exploit developing countries
Nine Key Questions About the Green New Deal – The New York Times
Legal Rights for Lake Erie? Voters in Ohio City Will Decide – The New York Times
Right to Repair Legislation Is Officially Being Considered In Canada – Motherboard
London: Extinction Rebellion Activists Arrested Outside Oil Conference | Earth First! Newswire
German Energy Giant RWE Agrees to Halt Logging in Hambach Forest | Earth First! Newswire
Utilities Are Starting to Invest in Big Batteries Instead of Building New Power Plants | DeSmogBlog
Another Oil Train Crashes as Alberta Government Gets Into Oil-by-Rail Business | DeSmogBlog
Guest post: Energy efficiency contributed 25% of UK economic growth since 1971
This Is How One Family Tries to Makes Sense of Losing Its Colorado River Water – Mother Jones

Research News

If climate change makes the clouds disappear, we’re screwed | Grist
Extreme CO2 levels could trigger clouds ‘tipping point’ and 8C of global warming
An organic diet rapidly reduces pesticide exposure | TreeHugger
Could wool fibers replace glass fibers in FRP? | TreeHugger
Access To Parks In Childhood Associated With Better Adult Mental Health : Shots – Health News : NPR


Anticipating the coming of troubles – envisaging a lifeboat economy – Feasta
Can better photosynthesis help feed the world? | Ensia
Cassandra’s Legacy: The Seneca Cliff According to H.P. Lovecraft
Cassandra’s Legacy: Winning the War of Climate Communication. Is Greta Thunberg the Memetic Weapon we Needed?
The Inevitable Death of Natural Gas as a ‘Bridge Fuel’ | DeSmogBlog
Beware Republicans Bearing Environmental Gifts – CIVIL NOTION
How electric cars could make America’s crumbling roads even worse
The Great Change: Seizing Defeat
The Great Change: Non-stick Pans and Sticky Memes

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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