News Roundup — May 3, 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

The Cheap Cost of Supermarket Food — The Permaculture Research Institute
Raised Garden Beds – What Size is Best? | Deep Green Permaculture
The Bones of Our Forest Garden | Temperate Climate Permaculture
Agriculture and insects
The Climate-Friendly Vegetable You Ought to Eat – The New York Times
Think prairie grasslands are just “boring grass”? Think again. | Ensia
Plant-based, zero-waste living in a 6th floor Parisian apartment | TreeHugger
Climate-friendly farming is taking root in New York | Grist
Experiencing Lambing made me think about eating them again – Indie Farmer
Make an all-natural plant fertilizer with old eggshells | TreeHugger
Product Review – F.D. Ryan Aussie Ho-Mi Asian Style Hand Cultivator | Deep Green Permaculture
Sorting Out Plastics At The Grocery Store : NPR
[Episode #94] – Integrated Decentralized Power Systems | The Energy Transition Show
1912 – Tacit and Embodied Knowledge with Melissa Peet, Ph.D. | The Permaculture Podcast

Environmental News

After Approving Enbridge Permit, Massachusetts’ Environment Secretary Lands Job with Project’s Contractor | DeSmogBlog
Ethanol Train Derails and Burns in Texas, Killing Horses and Spurring Evacuation | DeSmogBlog
Protesting Grandpa Climbs Tree, Again, to Stop Trans Mountain Pipeline | Earth First! Newswire
Pipeline Protester Charged with “Threat of Terrorism” for Locking Down Against the MVP | Earth First! Newswire
As Nuclear Waste Piles Up, Private Companies Pitch New Ways To Store It : NPR
Corbyn calls for climate emergency vote
Costa Rica goes carbon neutral
Remember the Rainforests? We Still Haven’t Saved Them. – Mother Jones
It looks like Banksy just created an Extinction Rebellion mural | Grist
Cassandra’s Legacy: Greta Thunberg heavily insulted by an Italian newspaper. She’s smashing all the mediatic barriers!

Research News

Norway’s extreme reindeer are eating seaweed to cope with climate change | TreeHugger
Is telecommuting good for the environment?
Here’s what happens to ‘biodegradable’ bags after 3 years in seawater or soil | TreeHugger
Reinventing the Tomato for Survival in a Changing World – The New York Times
Study Finds North American Drilling Boom Is Threatening Efforts to Slow Climate Change – Mother Jones
The Surprising Science of Fighting Crime With…Trees – Mother Jones
The value of trees: 4 essential reads
Unstable Ice Causes ‘Catastrophic Breeding Failure’ for Penguins – Motherboard
WHO Says the Problem With Child Screen Time Isn’t the Screens, It’s Being Sedentary – Motherboard
The Oceans Are Getting Stormier – Motherboard
The U.S. is going to want to hide its air quality report card from its parents | Grist


Approaching climate change with caution
Lawns are the No. 1 irrigated ‘crop’ in America. They need to die. | Grist

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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