News Roundup — Jul. 12, 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

Tree Pruning, How to Remove Tree Branches Correctly | Deep Green Permaculture
How To Plant a Fruit Tree | Deep Green Permaculture
The Permaculture Research Institute
Ticks spread plenty more for you to worry about beyond Lyme disease
How did people clean their teeth in the olden days?
Opinion: Why sustainable agriculture requires traditional knowledge | Ensia
Shadowland – Dark Mountain
Reinforcing biodiversity through reforesting
‘Giving voice to trees’
The humble pea is America’s favorite new crop | TreeHugger
1916 – The Adaptive Habitat Program | The Permaculture Podcast

Environmental News

Bipartisan Group of Governors Pushes Back on Big Oil, Tells Trump Admin to Halt Clean Car Rollbacks | DeSmogBlog
The ‘Historical Jigsaw of Climate Deception’: Private Notes Show How Big Oil Spread Climate Science Denial | DeSmogBlog
This Year’s Wild, Wet Spring Is Feeding Massive Blobs of Toxic Algae – Mother Jones
The Rondy Directions Are Here! | Earth First! Newswire
Western states buy time with a 7-year Colorado River drought plan, but face a hotter, drier future
Bernie Sanders and AOC want to declare a climate emergency. Does that mean anything? | Grist
The U.S. is way worse at recycling than other developed countries | Grist
Poland must obey UNESCO logging warning
Alaska Is Baking – Mother Jones
France’s record-breaking heatwave made ‘at least five times’ more likely by climate change
Bonn climate talks: Key outcomes from the June 2019 UN climate conference | Carbon Brief

Research News

Shine On: Solar Power is Eclipsing Coal, Oil, Gas and Nuclear Energy with Rapid Growth and Cost Reductions – Resilience
More Signs That Natural Gas Can’t Compete With Renewables on Cost | DeSmogBlog
We Are Flushing Away Our Forests – Mother Jones
Guest post: Understanding the UK’s recent spike in wildfires | Carbon Brief
Restoring Forests Could Help Put a Brake on Global Warming, Study Finds – The New York Times
Planting trees could be a “mind-blowing” solution to climate change | TreeHugger
Climate Change Fills Hurricanes With More Rain, Analysis Shows – The New York Times
Attenborough warns of climate social unrest
Plastic Has A Big Carbon Footprint — But That Isn’t The Whole Story : NPR
Could Mussels Teach Us How To Clean Up Oil Spills? : The Salt : NPR
Tiny creatures play a big role in climate change | Ensia


Stop Building a Spaceship to Mars and Just Plant Some Damn Trees – Mother Jones
What Will Be Left When We’re Gone? Bones, Plastic, Radioactive Waste, and Lots of Garbage. – Mother Jones
Environmentalism’s Next Frontier: Giving Nature Legal Rights – Mother Jones
Cassandra’s Legacy: The First Recorded Ecological Collapse in History and How it Was Misunderstood.
Climate Change and Capitalism: A Political Marxist View. – Resilience
The Human Predicament – Resilience
Resource Insights: Connectivity becomes too dangerous: Putting manual security back into the grid
Minimalism isn’t all or nothing | TreeHugger
‘Green growth’ is not enough
Violated Earth – Violent Earth: Revisiting causes and effects of humans’ misdemeanor and nature’s power – Feasta

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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