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

In Pennsylvania, Dr. Frack will see you now

To gather data on how gas drilling might affect residents' health, a group is starting by offering them some medical advice.

Cities

Detroit will stop shutting off people’s water — for now

The Detroit Water and Sewerage District is pausing the controversial water shut-offs for 15 days.

Climate & Energy

Washington state just lopped up to $2,500 off the cost of solar panels. Here’s how.

Instead of a patchquilt of permitting rules that vary from county to county, the state now has a simpler -- and cheaper -- process.

Climate & Energy

This crusty activist gave up on playing by the rules. What are they gonna do, arrest him?

Alec Johnson chained himself to an excavator to stop Keystone XL. A year later, he's still awaiting trial -- and hoping to set a helpful precedent for protesters.

Cities

Four things you should know about Detroit’s water crisis

Detroit's financial woes have put it on the front lines of a decaying-infrastructure crisis that belongs to all of us.

Climate & Energy

In Iowa, solar is fighting back against utilities and winning

A court ruling opens the way for a method of financing solar installation that customers like -- and utilities fear.

Climate & Energy

Guess which two words can make your nonpartisan education reforms a hot potato?

Some states think that the new national standards for the science curriculum go way too far when it comes to teaching kids about climate change.

Climate & Energy

Is the carbon bubble about to bust? One unlikely pundit thinks so

In the conservative Daily Telegraph, a business journalist warns the fossil fuel industry that solar is going to eat its lunch.

Climate & Energy

Utilities to battery-powered solar: Get off our lawn

As utilities see how distributed solar, aided by new storage tech, can chip away at their monopolies (and profits), they're fighting back.