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

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...

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.