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.

Climate & Energy

We were promised methane regulations! Where are our methane regulations?!

The U.S. oil-and-gas boom is dumping oodles of methane into the atmosphere, and so far, the feds haven't gotten meaningful regulations together.

That's where the money is

U.K. climate activists take divestment to the banks

A new campaign in Britain aims to get banks to stop investing in the fossil fuel industry.

Business & Technology

This proposed pipeline would be even bigger than Keystone XL

But will it ever get built?

Cities

Why Minneapolis’ beautiful bike freeways are totally the best

In the Twin Cities, old rail lines have become a sensible and delightful freeway system — just for cyclists.

Cities

Today, “Made in Detroit” is a label in search of a story

The archetypal factory town struggles to turn "manufacturing renaissance" from a slogan into a reality.

Climate & Energy

311,000 climate protesters marched in New York. What’s next?

Climate marchers are likely to be putting their shoulders behind these causes and projects in the wake of September's mass event.

Cities

Behind every crumbling downtown is a billionaire who wants to save it

Detroit ponders its dependence on billionaire Dan Gilbert just as another high-profile effort to revive a downtown in Las Vegas, led by another tech CEO, hits the rapids.

Climate & Energy

In the protest-icon game, polar bear beats carbon bubble

At Flood Wall Street, where parade floats doubled as works of art and costumes irked the cops, we saw the power of protest imagery -- and its limitations.

Climate & Energy

Wall Street protest arrests nab 2 Captain Planets, 1 polar bear

Flood Wall Street demonstrators block a street in Manhattan's financial district with balloons, costumes, and chants, and 101 arrests follow.