News Roundup — Aug. 2, 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

Know and Identify Your Chilli Species | Deep Green Permaculture
The Fight for Right of Way – An Outside Chance
Rebel Cities: These Community Wind Farms in Denmark and Scotland are Decentralising Power to the People – Resilience
How Far Do Large Tree Roots Extend? | Deep Green Permaculture
What does community resilience really look like? | Ensia
You need an apron | TreeHugger
[Episode #100] – Teaching Energy Transition | The Energy Transition Show

Environmental News

One of the biggest climate threats is the most familiar: rain | Grist
Here’s how hot your hometown will feel by midcentury | Grist
How do I get my husband to care about the climate? | Grist
Louisiana Braces for a Storm While Weighing New Fossil Fuel Projects | DeSmogBlog
Volkswagen designs “micromobiles” for life after traffic collapse | TreeHugger
Nice shades: 24 storey Passive House tower built in Manhattan | TreeHugger
Why German Coal Power is Falling Fast in 2019 – Resilience
House Democrats Offer an Alternative to the Green New Deal – The New York Times
Berkeley bans: straws, plastic bags — and now gas pipelines too | Grist
Global Shipping Is About To Get Greener : NPR
Massive toxic algae blooms predicted in Lake Erie and Gulf of Mexico | Grist
Representatives just debated drilling on federal lands and things got … strange | Grist

Research News

Guest post: A new approach for understanding the remaining carbon budget | Carbon Brief
If We All Ate Enough Fruits And Vegetables, There’d Be Big Shortages : The Salt : NPR
Urban gardens only two thirds greenery
Animals ‘can’t adapt to climate breakdown’
Yes, Planting Trees Can Fight Climate Change — If We Do It Right | The Tyee
Natural Gas Leaks are a Much Bigger Problem than we Thought – Resilience
Global extent of climate change is ‘unparalleled’ in past 2,000 years


Progress and Amnesia – Ecosophia
As flood risks increase across the US, it’s time to recognize the limits of levees
Resource Insights: Why ocean acidification could make some geoengineering schemes irrelevant
Cassandra’s Legacy: A rare glimpse of what the members of the elite think: What are they going to do when things get really tough?
Vast subsidies keeping the fossil fuel industry afloat should be put to better use
Can we stomach using recycled water in agriculture? | Ensia
Cassandra’s Legacy: Can you imagine being a whale? A tale of empathy and communication
Sea-change – Dark Mountain
The Great Change: How the gourd killed the whale
Using Language to Make the World of Fossil Fuels Strange and Ugly | The Tyee
Basic income now: a high-leverage system intervention for sanity, humanity and ecology – Feasta
Our lives have been co-opted by the Convenience Industrial Complex | TreeHugger
Forget about green building. Let’s talk about a new Living Standard | TreeHugger

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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