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 the protest-icon game, polar bear beats carbon bubble

At Flood Wall Street, where parade floats doubled as works of art and costumes irked the cops, we saw the power of protest imagery -- and its limitations.

Climate & Energy

Wall Street protest arrests nab 2 Captain Planets, 1 polar bear

Flood Wall Street demonstrators block a street in Manhattan's financial district with balloons, costumes, and chants, and 101 arrests follow.

Climate & Energy

Peacekeepers and direct-action proponents prepare for climate protest, in very different ways

Tips: Keep your phone in your pocket, and practice being water.

Climate & Energy

11 short stories about the People’s Climate Train

Singing, burning sage, chowing down, and getting robbed on a cross-country train full of protesters en route to New York's big march.

Living

At continent’s edge, a rail epic concludes, pursued by tank cars

There's nothing quite like the conversations you have on a long railroad trip. But sooner or later, even the wildest digressions have to end.

Station to station

Rumors of the death of the train station have been greatly exaggerated

Something there is that doesn't like a big, beautiful, high-ceilinged train lobby -- because we keep shuttering them. Occasionally, a city will push back.

Cities

Those Detroit water shutoffs? Blame ‘em on botched bookkeeping

Documents in a new suit show that Detroit's water utility forgot to charge $115 million in sewage fees -- then hit residents with surprise catch-up bills.

Living

Why Americans love to hate the train — and always have

A cross-country train trip serves as a reminder that Big Rail once called all the shots, until we pushed back against its reshaping of the U.S. landscape.

Climate & Energy

Is necessity the mother of climate protest?

Massachusetts coal-barge civil disobedience settlement means that the "necessity defense" for climate protest remains tantalizingly untested in court.

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