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.


The wacky, messy tale of the man who just wanted to make a dog poop lamp

It took imagination, ingenuity, and months of meetings, but Matthew Mazzotta's poop-digester project finally turned dog waste into public lighting.

The Paris climate talks: Yes oui can!

Will the financial world wake up to clean energy thanks to Paris?

Oil is in trouble already in the global marketplace. Could the new climate agreement deliver a knockout punch?


WTO’s big meat decision could be a troubling sign of things to come

Canada and Mexico win a trade dispute over U.S. rules requiring country-of-origin meat labeling. What does this mean for the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

Business & Technology

Better air-quality stats — using data science, sensors, and ladders

An open-source project in California is putting cheap air-quality test stations on school roofs and other locations.

Climate & Energy

Here are the latest market-tested words for selling climate action

New polling and market research suggest the phrases you should use and the phrases you should avoid.

Business & Technology

Each piece of garbage has a story. This artist traces it

Jenny Odell's "Bureau of Suspended Objects" project looks at where the stuff we throw out came from, who made it, and what it means.

Climate & Energy

Here’s what you can fight now that Keystone XL is dead

Exploding trains and leaky pipelines: There are plenty of hotspots that climate activists could pursue now.

Business & Technology

What could a Cold War on global warming achieve? Ask the Pentagon

Decades of history show how much the U.S. could achieve through crash investments in green tech -- and how unpredictably they could pay off.

Climate & Energy

How to explain climate change to teens

Follow along as a science educator from the Alliance for Climate Education finds lively ways to teach teenagers about rising temperatures.