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.

Mine Shafted

One judge’s smackdown of a Colorado coal mine could help fight carbon projects everywhere

A coal mine expansion snags on the 'social cost of carbon protocol' — a boring bit of legalese that could one day prove invaluable in the climate fight.

This might get loud

Is this pipeline company ready for some whale hazing?

If an expanded pipeline in Canada threatens migrating whales in the Pacific with an oil spill, the energy company in charge knows just what to do.

Climate & Energy

With one more nail in its coffin, is Keystone XL history?

South Dakota's permit to build the pipeline just expired, making it that much harder for Transcanada to resume construction -- whatever the Obama administration decides.

Climate & Energy

First Nations, first dibs, says Canada’s Supreme Court

The prospects for Canada's energy industry to pipe Alberta oil to the West Coast just got much cloudier thanks to a ruling in favor of First Nation rights.


The public comment process is where bureaucracy and democracy get a room

Welcome to the most democratic, weird, and earnest corner of our federal government.

Hope springs infernal

To motivate climate activists, use optimism

Hope is critical as a motivator in the very doom-heavy world of climate change activism, according to a new study.

Climate & Energy

Ma, why does my scratch and sniff smell like a gas leak?

When it comes to sniffing out leaky natural gas pipelines, it's time for kids to join the fun.

Climate & Energy

How to not lose your shirt when the climate goes bust

Mike Bloomberg, Tom Steyer, and Hank Paulson give the thinking businessperson a handy guide to how bad climate change is for business -- and how urgently we must act.

Climate & Energy

Climate change is the next market crash, says former Treasury secretary

If we don't act fast and act big with a carbon tax, says Henry Paulson, we'll face a crisis that will dwarf the banking collapse.

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