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.

Lithium Ion Tamer

Can a new startup lead the charge for better, cheaper batteries?

24M claims it's got a new way to bring down the cost of the big batteries that renewable energy systems need. It'll take years to see if the company's right.

Politics

It sure looks like the Pacific trade pact sucks. Why is Obama so hot for it?

A brief bipartisan rebellion was only a bump in the road for the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership, which could undercut environmental rules.

Business & Technology

Could a California labor ruling drive Uber under?

A labor commission rules that Uber drivers should be treated as employees -- and casts a big question-mark over the entire "Uber-for-this-and-that" market.

let them google that for you

Look at this trippy map of all your climate-related Google searches

The visualization shows how our everyday climate questions differ around the world.

Business & Technology

The great 2016 Hyperloop race is on (but only if this loopy contraption works)

Friction-free pods carrying you from SF to LA at supersonic speed? Elon Musk's wacky vision moves one step closer to reality.

Climate & Energy

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.

Cities

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...