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.

Climate & Energy

How do you make conservatives care about climate change? An expert shares tips.

A social scientist and veteran of the anti-tobacco campaign lays out the handful of climate messages that have some traction on the right.

Business & Technology

Solar isn’t the only thing that’s getting cheaper. So is fracking.

Technological innovation is rife not only in renewable energy but in old-fashioned dirty energy, too. Should we worry?

Cities

Suburbs of Chicago and San Francisco struggle over who gets to live there

The affordable housing fight returns to suburbia -- and gets ugly.

Politics

Victory! California guv signs bill to protect clotheslines

The Sunshine State reinforces its citizens' right to hang out their laundry in public with a new law.

Politics

The TPP agreement: Will it save the rhinos? Or will it destroy everything we love and hold dear?

The good, the bad, the ugly, and the unknowns on the largest trade agreement in history.

Politics

What do Republicans think about clean energy?

A new poll finds some encouraging numbers suggesting that "climate-conscious conservative" is not a contradiction in terms.

Business & Technology

Inventor looks to shake up cleantech with smart solar trackers

Leila Madrone uses her skills in automation and robotics to make solar even better.

Climate & Energy

Climate journalism bums people out. Here’s how to change that.

A new study finds that people pay the most attention to climate stories when they feature individuals who are making a difference.

Cities

Urban activists set out to sue San Francisco’s suburbs

A much unloved San Franciscan and her cohorts push a posh suburb to start building denser and more affordable apartments.