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.

Caused by wizards, maybe?

Senate votes to believe in climate change, fails to blame humans for it

Ninety-eight of 100 senators are now on the record as saying that climate change is happening. But don't start telling them that people are responsible.

Climate & Energy

The Yellowstone River didn’t have enough oil in it, apparently

A recent pipeline breach was the second major spill on the river since 2011, and the response hasn't gotten any faster.

Virtuous cycle

Peer-to-peer bike rentals are more principle than profit

Spinlister, the Airbnb-style rent-a-bike service, wants to help give cyclists access to wheels, wherever they may find themselves.

Climate & Energy

Turns out the U.S. oil boom was just a fairy tale

When oil prices recently collapsed, many of North America's shale oil operations went bust with them.

Climate & Energy

This map shows you the best places to ride out climate change

According to a new map, Australia is a great place to ride out climate change. We're not buying it.


“Biking while black” is a thing, too

A Fort Lauderdale bike registry program aimed to reduce theft, but it also gave cops a reason to stop cyclists, and -- surprise! -- African Americans took most of the heat.

Climate & Energy

Here’s the deal with that Nebraska Keystone court ruling

A shady law that gives the governor power to decide the pipeline's route was upheld by the Nebraska Supreme Court, even though the majority of justices voted otherwise.


Even Detroit is hatin’ on freeways now

The Motor City is seriously considering tearing down a highway, I-375. Some city bigwigs want to blow up a second one, too.


How the suburbs could go from rot to rad

With decaying housing and falling revenues, inner-ring suburbs built in the 1950s are becoming the newest slums. But where there are protests, there's hope.