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.

Politics

How the Koch brothers grew their tentacles

Jane Mayer's new book traces the story of the conservative billionaires who are trying to reshape the American political landscape.

Climate & Energy

How to tell the story of climate change, in photos

It's surprisingly hard to find images that illustrate the drama of climate change activism. A new study tries to understand why.

Politics

The right-wing climate-denial machine is churning faster than ever

A survey of conservative think tank research finds a greater-than-ever volume of studies trying to counter the climate-science consensus.

Whoa, Nelly

Are self-driving cars legal? And if so, can I drive home drunk in one?

In trying to sort out the laws around self-driving car schemes, the government may look for inspiration back to the age of the horse.

Food

There have always been shady people cutting your food with garbage

When it comes to food purity and ingredient quality, there is no golden age for us to restore.

Climate & Energy

Is “legacy” the key to climate action? (And no, this is not about estate planning)

Two social scientists say we can motivate people to do more about the climate by getting them to think about how they want to be remembered.

Business & Technology

Other countries have good hitchhiking apps. Why doesn’t the United States?

Ride-sharing is catching on around the world, but still lagging in the U.S.

Business & Technology

It’s been a strange year for technology, startups, and clean energy businesses

How the internet of things will get hacked by the companies that are building it, and other tales of sustainable (and unsustainable) tech in 2015.

Climate & Energy

This year, these maps made us see the world differently

Migrating coastlines, urban parking sprawl, and rivers running through it: These maps made our days in 2015.