Laura K. Cowan

 

Laura K. Cowan is a novelist and editor from Ann Arbor, Michigan, whose eco-friendly fiction explores the connections between the natural and spiritual worlds and has been compared to the work of acclaimed fantasy writers Ray Bradbury and Ursula K. Le Guin. Laura has worked for years as an accomplished writer and editor in genres such as green tech, green parenting, and automotive media, and has been called one of the best copy editors in the business by multiple colleagues, including late mentor David E. Davis, Jr., whom TIME Magazine called “the Dean of Automotive Journalism.” She was the founder of popular green parenting blog 29 Diapers, author of Ecofrugal Baby: How To Save 70% Off Baby’s First Year, and still serves as Road Test Editor for Inhabitat. Laura’s work has appeared in Automobile Quarterly as well as on numerous parenting sites including BabyCenter, EcoMom, and Inhabitots. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter (@laurakcowan), Pinterest, Instagram and Goodreads, or connect with her at laurakcowan[at]gmail.com or on her website LauraKCowan.com.

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SolarShip’s Solar Cargo Helium Plane Is a Futuristic Airship That Actually Exists

SolarShip’s Solar Cargo Helium Plane Is a Futuristic Airship That Actually Exists

People have talked about building futuristic airships for zero emissions cargo shipping for a long time, but most of these green blimps remain on the drawing board. One company, SolarShip, has

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Japan’s Prius C Brochure Leaked Ahead of Official Introduction [PICS]

Japan’s Prius C Brochure Leaked Ahead of Official Introduction [PICS]

The brochure for the Japanese domestic market Toyota Prius C was just leaked ahead of the vehicle's official intro at this year's Tokyo Motor Show, giving us a sneak peak at its real-world

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(R)Evolutions Per Minute: Crowd-Sourced Cargo Biking Documentary Wants Your Footage!

(R)Evolutions Per Minute: Crowd-Sourced Cargo Biking Documentary Wants Your Footage!

Filmmaker Liz Canning is creating a crowd-sourced documentary on how cargo bikes are changing the way we live, and she wants your footage for her film! Canning always loved to bike, but when she

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Fisker Karma Receives EPA Certification, but Only for 52 mpge/20 mpg!

Fisker Karma Receives EPA Certification, but Only for 52 mpge/20 mpg!

There is good news, however. EPA certification is the final hurdle preventing Fisker from selling the Karma in the U.S., and since the numbers are finally in, the company will start importing

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Tesla Offers Up Fossil Fuel Killer “Beta” Model S for Test Drives

Tesla Offers Up Fossil Fuel Killer “Beta” Model S for Test Drives

Well, first of all this car hails from Silicon Valley, so priority is put on the electronics. This nets new Tesla owners a 17-inch vertically oriented display screen with a full web browser,

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Edison2 eVLC Car Achieves Amazing 245 MPGe Rating from the EPA!

Edison2 eVLC Car Achieves Amazing 245 MPGe Rating from the EPA!

Last year, a team driving a gas-powered Edison2 VLC (Very Light Car) won the X Prize Mainstream Class, after which the company hinted that a similar car with "other power sources" could cure

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TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Takes the New Honda Civic Hybrid for a Fall Color Tour

TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Takes the New Honda Civic Hybrid for a Fall Color Tour

We were happy to discover that not only does the Civic Hybrid get good mileage at high and low speeds, but that it's possible to beat the EPA estimated 44 miles per gallon fuel mileage rating

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Automakers Achieve Incredible Mileage in the ALD Shell FuelSave MPG Marathon

Automakers Achieve Incredible Mileage in the ALD Shell FuelSave MPG Marathon

Ford, Fiat, and SMART achieved incredible mileage in ordinary cars yesterday at the ALD Automotive Shell FuelSave MPG Marathon in Gloucestershire, proving that even their engined vehicles can be

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Celebrate Your EV This Sunday at the First Ever National Plug-In Day for Electric Vehicles!

Celebrate Your EV This Sunday at the First Ever National Plug-In Day for Electric Vehicles!

This Sunday, drivers in over 20 cities nationwide will celebrate the benefits of electric vehicles by staging the largest electric vehicle parade ever and hosting "tailpipe-free" tailgate

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The EV Cup Cancels Its Inaugural 2011 Racing Season

The EV Cup Cancels Its Inaugural 2011 Racing Season

Looks like there's some trouble in electric racing utopia. The EV Cup, the first zero-emissions racing series in the world, has cancelled its inaugural 2011 season due to delays with preparing

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Ford Investigates Coconuts As Replacement for Petroleum in Car Parts

Ford Investigates Coconuts As Replacement for Petroleum in Car Parts

Over the past few years, Ford has increased its use of eco-friendly recycled and bio-based materials in its vehicles, such as soy foam seat cushions, castor oil foam in instrument panels, wheat

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Nicholas Hanna’s Water Calligraphy Bike Paints Chinese Chracters on Beijing’s Streets

Nicholas Hanna’s Water Calligraphy Bike Paints Chinese Chracters on Beijing’s Streets

Media artist Nicholas Hanna was living in Beijing when he saw people painting Chinese characters on the sidewalks in parks. This form of art, called water calligraphy, gave Hanna the idea to

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The KTM E3W Electric Concept Features Lamborghini-Style Scissor Doors for Tight Urban Spaces

The KTM E3W Electric Concept Features Lamborghini-Style Scissor Doors for Tight Urban Spaces

We recently saw a new crop of open-wheeled concept cars at the Frankfurt Motor Show that boasted electric motors and futuristic good looks. Here's another take on that idea, the KTM E3W,

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2,000-Mile WAVE Rally of Electric Vehicles and Bikes Travels from Paris to Prague

2,000-Mile WAVE Rally of Electric Vehicles and Bikes Travels from Paris to Prague

Louis Palmer, the Swiss man famous for driving his Solar Taxi all over the world, has just completed his latest project, the WAVE Rally (a.k.a. World Advanced Vehicle Expedition) which took 20

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China Halts 80% of High-Speed Rail Projects Following Devastating Crash

China Halts 80% of High-Speed Rail Projects Following Devastating Crash

China's 200-mile-per-hour high-speed rail system was the envy of the world until a terrible crash earlier this year killed 40 people and injured another 200 in the southern city of Wenzhou. The

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Peugeot Citroen Reveals Its Futuristic VELV Concept Car

Peugeot Citroen Reveals Its Futuristic VELV Concept Car

PSA Peugeot Citroen has just revealed its futuristic new VELV electric concept car at the ADEME innovation forum. This tiny car with a narrow rear track is envisioned as being created only for

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Winners Named for the Oregon Manifest Constructor’s Design Challenge Bike Design Competition

Winners Named for the Oregon Manifest Constructor’s Design Challenge Bike Design Competition

The winners were recently chosen for the Oregon Manifest Constructor's Design Challenge, a competition to design and build the ultimate modern utility bike. Tony Pereira of Pereira Cycles

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New Axeon Battery Could Extend Electric Car Range by 35%

New Axeon Battery Could Extend Electric Car Range by 35%

UK manufacturer Axeon has successfully led a consortium to develop a new battery pack that could extend the range of electric vehicles by 35 percent. That would be enough to make your Chevy Volt

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Microcab Debuts Its H2EV Hydrogen Mini Cars as a Cab Fleet in the UK

Microcab Debuts Its H2EV Hydrogen Mini Cars as a Cab Fleet in the UK

This week, UK specialist car maker Microcab is launching its brand-new Microcab H2EV hydrogen fuel cell car. The first recipient of the green mini cars will be West Midlands’ CABLED (Coventry

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Dimini Birdhouse Bike Rack Holds Your Bike and Your Helmet Too

Dimini Birdhouse Bike Rack Holds Your Bike and Your Helmet Too

If you live in a small space, you know how much a bike can clutter up your home. Well, designers Lauren Thomas and Jennifer Karam of Dimini have come up with an elegant solution that not only

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Toyota’s 80.3 MPH Ku:Rin Racer Smashes Speed Record for Compressed Air Vehicles

Toyota’s 80.3 MPH Ku:Rin Racer Smashes Speed Record for Compressed Air Vehicles

Toyota subsidiary Toyota Industries Corp. just set a new record for compressed air vehicles that proves this green technology really could be a viable option for powering production vehicles.

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TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Tests the Real-World Mileage of the 2012 Honda Insight Hybrid

TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Tests the Real-World Mileage of the 2012 Honda Insight Hybrid

It's inconceivable that an automaker could advance 10 years in automotive technology and build a car with half the fuel mileage of its predecessor, unless it were a radically different car.

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Revolights LEDs Are Head and Tail Lights That Make Your Bike Glow

Revolights LEDs Are Head and Tail Lights That Make Your Bike Glow

Bike lighting is usually a pretty pedestrian affair: a handlebar-mounted headlight and possibly a seat-mounted rear flasher to make the bike visible to motorists. Palo Alto startup Revolights

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William Brown’s Lockheed Stratoliner Hydrogen Jet Can Go Anywhere On Earth Without Refueling

William Brown’s Lockheed Stratoliner Hydrogen Jet Can Go Anywhere On Earth Without Refueling

Some of the best aircraft in the world are inspired by unique birds, and this zero emissions jet concept from designer William Brown is no exception. The Lockheed Stratoliner is a hydrogen jet

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This Thursday is World Car-Free Day

This Thursday is World Car-Free Day

World Car-Free Day - a day when people organize their own events to explore alternative transportation - is coming up this Thursday, September 22nd. The event is loosely run by the World

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NOAA Finds That Ships Switching to Low-Sulfur Fuel Causes Some Pollutants to Plummet 90%

NOAA Finds That Ships Switching to Low-Sulfur Fuel Causes Some Pollutants to Plummet 90%

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently conducted a study to examine the effects of a 2009 California law that requires ships to switch to low-sulfur fuel and slow

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Toyota’s Plug-in Prius Pricing Revealed

Toyota’s Plug-in Prius Pricing Revealed

We recently brought you an advance look at the 2013 plug-in Prius, which was just revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Now pricing details are coming out along with the plan for a gradual

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City Cars Reign Supreme at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show

City Cars Reign Supreme at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show

With even suppliers focusing on plug-in electric vehicle technology and other green propulsion systems, this has truly been the year of the city car so far at Frankfurt. But the show isn't over

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U.S. Army Could Replace the Humvee with the Diesel Hybrid L-ATV

U.S. Army Could Replace the Humvee with the Diesel Hybrid L-ATV

The U.S. Army isn't expecting green street cred for their upcoming decision to potentially replace the aging Humvee with this diesel electric hybrid L-ATV. The decision to go green may be made

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Frankfurt Motor Show: Husqvarna’s e-Go Electric Bike Looks Just Like a Motorcycle

Frankfurt Motor Show: Husqvarna’s e-Go Electric Bike Looks Just Like a Motorcycle

Among the many green offerings from the Frankfurt Motor Show is a new bike from Husqvarna called the e-go, an electric bicycle that looks just like a motorcycle but appears to be floating on

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