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.

sunprecedented

Solar is nearly 10 percent cheaper than it was a year ago.

Solar is getting cheaper -- but not because of technology.

the shipping blues

Container ship, here’s what you’ve been missing all your life: An enormous sail

Installing wind devices could cut container ship fuel use by more than 10 percent, according to one expert.

Human/Nature

People of color are fans of national parks, despite obstacles that keep them out

Only 57 percent had ever set foot in the parks, but 85 percent want more of them -- especially in cities.

News

Louisiana’s flood couldn’t have been stopped, but it didn’t have to be so devastating

A set of canals, levees, and reservoirs that could have staunched Louisiana's floods had been deemed impractical.

Bad to the ozone

Harley-Davidson is officially a clear air outlaw

Harley-Davidson has agreed to pay $12 million in fines to the Environmental Protection Agency for evading clean air laws.

Trim Riggins

EPA’s new rules are good for tech, and trucking

The EPA's new regulations are a big deal -- both for the troposphere and for the lungs of anyone in trucking territory.

shingle and ready to mingle

Elon Musk’s new solar roofing plan isn’t so new after all

Tesla wants to glam up the boring world of roofing.

Plug Ugly

Electric cars are so popular we’re running out of plugs

We’re in an era of cutthroat plug competition — which is both good and bad.

Do You Believe in Miracles

How do we turn coal jobs into solar jobs? Wizards, perhaps?

A new study from the journal Energy Economics has a plan to assimilate coal miners into the solar industry.