Heather Smith

Heather Smith

Signs of movement

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

Water flowing underground

This amazing map is a guide to San Francisco’s hidden waterways

A new map shows where you can catch glimpses of San Francisco's original watershed system underneath the urban skin.

Cities

Trucks kill bicyclists all the time. This tool could change that

Trucks are singularly lethal vehicles when it comes to accidents with pedestrians and cyclists. But there's a way to make them less deadly.

Politics

It’s a historic day for gay marriage! Let’s argue about it

A rainbow of perspectives from the Grist staff on the Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage.

Shadow of a drought

Check out this amazing new tool for judging California’s water use

As the state's drought grinds into a bone-dry summer, California is adjusting its rules. Now people have to make the new rules work.

Climate & Energy

This chart will silence your friends who make excuses for climate change

You know all those other explanations for climate change? A brilliant infographic shows how lame they actually are.

Politics

Planet-unfriendly Pacific trade pact leaps a big hurdle

President Obama is getting close to securing the authority to enact his Trans-Pacific trade deal. Right now that looks like a loss for the environment.

Lithium Ion Tamer

Can a new startup lead the charge for better, cheaper batteries?

24M claims it's got a new way to bring down the cost of the big batteries that renewable energy systems need. It'll take years to see if the company's right.

Politics

It sure looks like the Pacific trade pact sucks. Why is Obama so hot for it?

A brief bipartisan rebellion was only a bump in the road for the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership, which could undercut environmental rules.

Business & Technology

Could a California labor ruling drive Uber under?

A labor commission rules that Uber drivers should be treated as employees -- and casts a big question-mark over the entire "Uber-for-this-and-that" market.