News Roundup — Jun. 28, 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 Make Wind Power Sustainable Again – LOW-TECH MAGAZINE
Dealing With Our Own Shit – Dark Mountain
Climate Change, Children and Anxiety – The New York Times
Utopianism inspires change
Restoring Mayberry: A different kind of childhood
Restoring Mayberry: Spinach straight from the garden
How do you sell the idea of Passive House? | TreeHugger
What’s wrong with my tomato plant? We have the answer | TreeHugger
Can parks help cities fight crime?
[Episode #98] – Why Building Transmission is So Hard | The Energy Transition Show

Environmental News

Majority of Americans Know Fossil Fuel Companies Drive Climate Change, Should Pay for Damages | DeSmogBlog
Cognitive Dissonance: Canada Declares a National Climate Emergency and Approves a Pipeline | DeSmogBlog
CEO of Major Shale Oil Company “Has Second Thoughts” on Fracking Rush, Wall Street Journal Reports | DeSmogBlog
Labour, climate justice and global solidarity
Government action needed on climate target
Bill Wehrum, an Author of Trump Administration’s Pro-Coal Rules, to Leave E.P.A. – The New York Times
Blue States Roll Out Aggressive Climate Strategies. Red States Keep to the Sidelines. – The New York Times
As Coal Fades in the U.S., Natural Gas Becomes the Climate Battleground – The New York Times
We Asked Two Experts to Evaluate Each Party’s Climate Plan | The Tyee
Andrew Scheer’s Real Bad Climate Plan | The Tyee
It’s so hot in Europe, the temperature map is screaming | Grist
Submission on strategic risks facing Ireland – Feasta
Activists Outside the 2020 Debate Are Demanding That Climate Change Take Center Stage – Mother Jones
Mountain Valley Pipeline Fighter Locks Themself to Excavator in Summers County | Earth First! Newswire

Research News

Those honeybees you’re so worried about? They’re killing off wild bee species. | Grist
The plastics circular economy
Cement production makes more CO2 than all the trucks in the world | TreeHugger
Analysis: Major update to ocean-heat record could shrink 1.5C carbon budget
Can smartphone apps help solve the world’s food waste problem? | Ensia
Most illustrations of the water cycle are missing an important piece | Ensia


In Climate Matters, What’s the Deference? – CIVIL NOTION
Want to reduce your carbon footprint? Buy clean energy | Grist
Guest post: Planned growth of UK airports not consistent with net-zero climate goal
War, empire and racism in the Anthropocene – INSURGE intelligence – Medium
Is XR selling out?
Life in Plastic? Not Fantastic | The Tyee
Twerps, the Apocalypse, Pipelines and Vonnegut | The Tyee
The Great Change: Riding the Whale’s Tail

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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