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.


What the climate movement can learn from the war on smoking

If you want to change the culture, you have to get your message spread by "trusted advisers." Then get them to repeat themselves a lot.

So you’re living in one of FEMA’s Katrina trailers

You've used our searchable database. Maybe you've found that the home you're living in was one of FEMA's formaldehyde-laden Katrina trailers. What can you do? Many things, it turns out.


People are still living in FEMA’s toxic Katrina trailers — and they likely have no idea

Our map shows the formaldehyde-laced trailers went on an odd journey, and our reporter explains why.

Climate & Energy

How to make people care about climate change? Tell it one story at a time

Organizer Christine Cordero explains how storytelling can supercharge your activism.

Give 'em enough sensors

This could be a huge move for air-pollution monitoring

A new company collaborates with Google to try to deliver air quality data at a new level of pinpoint detail.


Poll pushes Hillary to embrace a strong clean energy stand

A new survey of swing-state voters finds consistently strong backing for tough restrictions on carbon emissions and energy efficiency.


Just how big can bug-ranching grow?

Today, growing insects for food is a fringe phenomenon. And unless we can figure out ways to bring down the price of edible bugs, it may stay that way.

Climate & Energy

Education increases belief in climate change — everywhere except in the U.S.

A study of Gallup poll data from around the world finds some surprising universal principles about climate beliefs -- and some critical exceptions.


Why do we turn up our noses at eating bugs?

The lines we draw around what's acceptable to put in our mouths have more to do with culture and climate than with science or nutrition.