News Roundup — Mar. 8, 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 an Abundance of Food on a Small Lot | Natural Building Blog
The Birth of a Permaculture Food Forest – Before & After Photos | Deep Green Permaculture
[Episode #90] – How Will Decarbonized Power Markets Work? | The Energy Transition Show
Cycling is the happiest form of transport | TreeHugger
Why you shouldn’t choose spray foam insulation over fiberglass | TreeHugger
Monbiot: We have to phase cars out within ten years | TreeHugger
Can indigenous knowledge help us manage wildfires? | Ensia
The Dawn of the Age of Plastics
Green Anti-Capitalist Front Manifesto & Open Letter to Extinction Rebellion | Earth First! Newswire

Environmental News

Protesters (Allegedly) Cost Logging Company More Than $100,000 | Earth First! Newswire
Coastal GasLink Ordered To Cease Work on Unist’ot’en Trapline Due to Non-Compliance With Permits | Earth First! Newswire
Bayou Bridge Pipeline Construction Delayed Indefinitely: Energy Transfer Lied to Shareholders, According to Louisiana Residents | Earth First! Newswire
Andrew Wheeler, Who Continued Environmental Rollbacks, Is Confirmed to Lead E.P.A. – The New York Times
The 2020 Race Has Its First Climate Candidate – Mother Jones
What Do You Want to Know About the Green New Deal? – Mother Jones
Local Communities Taking on Big Oil – Resilience
CO2 Emissions in Developed Economies Fall Due to Decreasing Fossil Fuel and Energy Use – Resilience
Our planet just set a scary new carbon dioxide record | Grist
Republican Representative Paul Gosar suggests that photosynthesis discredits climate change | Grist

Research News

Factcheck: What Greenland ice cores say about past and present climate change
Analysis: UK’s CO2 emissions fell for record sixth consecutive year in 2018
Ocean warming has caused ‘sustainable’ fish stocks to drop by 4% since 1930s
Guest post: China’s CO2 emissions grew slower than expected in 2018
Stronger monsoon drove ancient Indus civilization into the hills | EARTH Magazine
Environmentalists Didn’t Expect This Would Happen When They Busted Up Dams – Mother Jones
Coal ash contamination is widespread, new report finds | Grist
Earthworm research spurs farmers to act
The World Is Losing Fish to Eat as Oceans Warm, Study Finds – The New York Times
New Warnings on Plastic’s Health Risks as Fracking Industry Promotes New ‘Plastics Belt’ Build-Out | DeSmogBlog


An Illustrated History of What Big Oil Knew About Climate Change—Before the Moon Landing | DeSmogBlog
Calling out the Origins of Climate Denial and the ‘Climate Change Countermovement’ | DeSmogBlog
Cassandra’s Legacy: What Will Climate Deniers say When the Climate Disaster Arrives?
Cassandra’s Legacy: What can we Learn From the Middle Ages About Collapse? The Great Challenge of the Seneca Bottleneck
Designing Climate Solutions – a big-picture view that doesn’t skimp on details – An Outside Chance
The Worst Reason to Oppose the Green New Deal – CIVIL NOTION
To fear or not to fear? A conversation between David Wallace-Wells and Eric Holthaus | Grist
Humans cause climate change. Do we just need fewer humans? | Grist
Stop Freaking Out About the Future of Climate Change and Start Worrying About the Present – Mother Jones
The Great Change: Cheerleaders for Doom
Resource Insights: The unfinished American project: Democratizing work

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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