News Roundup — Sep. 13, 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

Garden Arches, Vertical Gardening for More Growing Area in Small Spaces | Deep Green Permaculture
Should I donate my clothes or wear them to shreds? | Grist
This map shows the incredible diversity of life on Earth | Ensia
What Is Energy Denial? – Resilience
Learn basic bike repair with these 9 DIY videos | TreeHugger
Could you live the one tonne lifestyle? | TreeHugger
Yet another study shows that bike lanes boost business | TreeHugger
Artist plants a living forest in 30,000-person stadium | TreeHugger
Farm Africa and climate-smart agriculture
podcast 456 – Brian Hanford – part2 – Homesteading and Permaculture by Paul Wheaton

Environmental News

Greenpeace Shuts Down Houston Ship Channel to Protest Oil Exports as Democratic Candidates Arrive in Texas for Debate | DeSmogBlog
Key Facts About the New EPA Plan to Reverse the Obama-era Methane Leaks Rule | DeSmogBlog
Fracked Gas Well Blowout in Louisiana Likely to Burn for the Next Month | DeSmogBlog
A green new deal for nature
From Fires to Floods, Extreme Weather May Be Shaping Canadians’ Views on Climate Crisis | The Tyee
Beekeepers Confront the E.P.A. Over Pesticides – The New York Times
Extreme Weather Displaced a Record 7 Million in First Half of 2019 – The New York Times
Cyclists keep getting killed. Can New Orleans keep them safe? | Grist
Amazon employees will walk out over the company’s climate inaction | Grist
This Entire Week Has Been Incredibly Depressing. But Then Today in New York I Saw a Young Woman Give People Hope. – Mother Jones
Cowboy Nation – Dark Mountain
How Whatcom County opposed fossil fuel expansion and showed how to win | Rapid Transition Alliance

Research News

The Benefits of Bacteria in Organic Apples – Modern Farmer
5 charts show how your household drives up global greenhouse gas emissions
Why carbon dioxide has such outsized influence on Earth’s climate
How strawberry farmers got themselves (and the ozone layer) out of a jam | Grist
This crop is helping us understand humanity’s nomadic past — and prepare for a hotter, drier future | Ensia
We Have Some Bad News About Trees – Mother Jones
Atmospheric temperature trends | Climate Lab Book


A globalised solar-powered future is wholly unrealistic – and our economy is the reason why
Solar Energy Is Renewable, But Is It Environmentally Just (1/2)
The Land Politics of Solar Energy (2/2)
Cassandra’s Legacy: Another Lone Genius Saves the World with his Invention: How Naive can People be?
How does rural America want the next President to tackle climate change? | Grist
Opinion: Earth Has Survived Extinctions Before, It’s Humans Who Are Fragile : NPR
Resource Insights: Oil prices and the coming financial ‘Ice Age’
Why community-owned grocery stores like co-ops are the best recipe for revitalizing food deserts
The Great Change: Nothing Again – Naomi Klein Renews Her Climate Prescription
Blueprint for Autonomous Urbanism shows how cities can adapt and change to accommodate everyone | TreeHugger
Should there be a tax on short, cheap flights? | 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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