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.

Business & Technology

Remembering the genius who got BPA out of your water bottles, and so much more

RIP Theo Colborn, a scientist who alerted us to the issue of endocrine-disrupting chemicals.

Climate & Energy

Oil pipelines are so last year, says Wall Street Journal

The so-far successful effort to halt Keystone has schooled a whole new wave of protest movements against similar projects.

Politics

How the Black Lives Matter movement got protests’ multi-racial groove back

In the wave of protests over the police killings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, confidence and outrage are helping people of color shed decades of caution.

Politics

“We want democracy, but we don’t have the theory or skill to do it”

Filmmaker-author Astra Taylor talks about Occupy, debt relief, why the environmental movement needs organization more than scale, and the nature of democratic change.

Politics

Meet the BART-stopping woman behind “Black Lives Matter”

Two activists who devised the phrase "Black Lives Matter" discuss its origins -- and why they took their demonstration to the Bay Area's transit system last week.

Climate & Energy

Cheap gasoline summons the dread SUV from its jumbo grave

SUVs never had much on their cheaper, more efficient, safer compact-car competitors. But every time the price of fuel drops, the zombies return.

Climate & Energy

Long-weekend pastime: Look for oil-by-rail disasters near you

ProPublica's interactive 50-state map is the best tour guide yet for this increasingly common hazard of North America's energy boom.

Politics

This Native American activist was kicked out of the Senate for singing thanks

"Goosebumps crawled up my arms and I thought to myself, SING! Sing you fool!" says Greg Grey Cloud, the Sioux whose song made Elizabeth Warren grimace.

Politics

How oil ate the heart of North Dakota

A New York Times investigation traces how oil-money influence and federal absence left a state's environment open to pillage.

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