Heather Smith

Heather Smith

Heather Smith (on Twitter, @strangerworks) is interested in the various ways that humans try to save the environment: past, present, and future.

California droughtin'

Drought doesn’t just mean less water — it also means more pollution.

During California's recent drought, hydropower was way down, so utilities burned a lot more natural gas.

Go further north

Ford is revving up its plans for electric and driverless vehicles.

The automaker is cancelling plans for a $1.6 billion factory in Mexico, instead investing $700 million in an existing plant in Michigan.

Dam nation

Costa Rica got 98 percent of its electricity from renewables in 2016.

The Central American nation is large and in charge when it comes to renewable energy. But it's not perfect. Yet.

Nerd's-eye view

Here are the best nerdy infographics of the year.

Check out these visual depictions of energy, transit, and infrastructure.

It wasn't all a dumpster fire

2016 was a great year for wind and solar, even if nobody noticed.

Renewable energy continued making big gains.

Always leave them graphing

It’s been an excellent year for one thing: climate doom infographics.

There's never been a better time to see atmospheric peril rendered in interesting and attractive ways.

windy business

Trump hates wind turbines even more than he hates women he deems unattractive.

A new cache of letters reveals just how deep Trump's hatred of wind energy goes.

As the Uber turns

Uber’s self-driving cars threaten to squish bike riders.

The company's autonomous vehicles have a problem with making dangerous right-hook turns across bike lanes. So do humans.

The way way forward machine

Google’s self-driving car project is now a company named Waymo.

But don't expect to be chugging Mad Dog in the driver's seat anytime soon.