We all need a little inspiration from time to time. What better way to recharge your spirit then to read the words of famous environmentalists and social thinkers? Here’s a list of environmental quotes, popular environmental slogans and even environmental bumper stickers that will give you some food for thought.
Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect. – Chief Seattle
Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit. – Edward Abbey
With the prospect of lasting climate change regulation on the horizon, environmental law has never been more important. We rely on the nation’s top environmental law schools to train the next generation of environmental lawyers. Prospective law students who care about the environment have a lot of options to choose from. Here’s a look at the best. We used the US News & World Report rankings, as well as other sources. Remember, these schools aren’t being ranked. We’re just mentioning the ones that come up regularly as the best.
You love your laptop. It’s a constant on-the-go-companion for working outside the office, or for keeping up with friends. The problem is that when your battery runs low, there isn’t always have an outlet handy. Luckily, there’s a solar solution to this dilemma: portable computer solar chargers.
A Variety of Solar Charger Styles
Many different options and styles exist for solar laptop chargers. There are solar rolls that spread out like a picnic blanket, or types that open like a briefcase. Portability and the unit’s capacity for collecting the sun’s light are considerations you’ll need to weigh. When buying one, look for how long it takes the unit to charge, what kind of electrical output it gives and for how long. Also, your laptop may be energy-efficient, or it could be an electricity hog. The same charger will work differently on two different laptops. So research your computer’s energy use first.
The future’s looking bright for sustainable cars. You may have read our article on Electric Cars for 2011 and wondered what is ahead for 2012 and beyond. Here’s a preview of what’s in development. We’ll provide specs where we can, but as many of these are early-stage concepts, you can’t really take the car company’s word for it. Once the automotive press gets ahold of it and consumers can drive it, then we will have a good idea of each car’s strengths and weaknesses.
To briefly recap, electric cars have an electric drivetrain with power coming from powerful, high-tech batteries. Electric cars can be plug-ins, or feature a small, fuel-powered internal combustion engine that works as a generator to recharge the batteries. Hybrids feature a mixed electric/gas-powered drivetrain. We’ll just be covering electric cars here.
Ever wondered if it really makes sense to buy a hybrid car?
If you’re frustrated with the environmental impact of fossil fuel consumption, as well as paying nearly $4 a gallon at the gas pump, you may want to consider buying a hybrid electric vehicle.
What is a Hybrid?
Hybrids, like Toyota’s popular Prius model, use a combination of a small, gas-powered internal combustion engine and electric motors to power the drivetrain. Electricity is stored in your car’s batteries. A typical car has one battery, to act as a starter and power electric features in your car, such as power windows or locks. A hybrid might have an array of batteries, which do all those things, but also powers the drivetrain itself. The Prius, like many hybrids, has an acceleration and speed threshold where the battery itself can power your car, up to a certain point. When your battery power is spent, or if the car needs to accelerate faster than the battery can handle by itself, the gas engine is fired up and does the work. Many hybrids also feature regenerative braking. This means that the force of your brakes is harnessed by small generators that give your battery a small charge. Your gas engine is also used as a generator to recharge your battery.