Heather Smith

Heather Smith

Heather Smith (on Twitter, @strangerworks) is interested in the various ways that humans try to save the environment: past, present, and future.

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Google is in the hitchhiking business.

Why is Google trying to get into the hitchhiking business?

uber complicated

It’s like Uber, but for public transit. Also, it is Uber.

Altamonte Springs, Florida, struggled for years to develop a transit system.

I choo choo choose you

In five years, we might get the same trains that Europe had in the 1980s.

So what if the rest of the world had high-speed trains before Madonna started making hit records?


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.


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.


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.