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.

Video

How much does the world spend to subsidize fossil fuels? The IMF wants to know

Watch our video to find out how many. Hint: It's in the trillions.

Climate & Energy

Can the pope move the needle on climate change?

Pope Francis is about to issue a major statement on the climate. It's likely to be more homily than policy prescription, but it could still make a huge difference.

Living

Could pesky children be the solution to climate change?

A British economist-baron argues that the persuasive powers children hold over their progenitors could be our secret weapon in fighting global warming.

Seattle: City of the Future

Is Amazon’s new Seattle HQ the ultimate tech utopia?

Unlike many of its dot-com peers, Amazon has staked its claim in the city, rather than the suburbs. Now all it needs is more housing. And some nightlife. And...

Climate & Energy

You’re obsessing about the wrong home energy uses

Scholars are trying to figure out why we're so misinformed about the differing footprints of household appliances -- and how we might do better.

Politics

California Senate candidate: “We’re all going to die”

Mike Beitiks is running on a "single board platform": He's all climate, all the time.

Cities

Detroit turns the lights back on with a solar experiment

A Detroit neighborhood that lost its streetlights because it couldn't afford the bill tests a solar-powered alternative.

High Water Colors

How one N.Y. museum is already prepping for the next big flood

The new Whitney Museum on the Hudson offers a glimpse of architecture's future: It's built like a bunker to ride out assault by a warmer global climate.

Climate & Energy

Oil spill returns to its ancestral waters near Santa Barbara

Here's a short list of ways the spill could lead to serious legislative change.