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.

Best coast

California has an ambitious plan to tackle climate change. Could it work?

Here’s your primer on California’s far-reaching climate plan.

Hot time in the city

The best way to fight climate change? Don’t call it climate change.

U.S. cities are getting hammered by climate change. What are they doing about it?

blowin' in the wind

Introducing your giant windmill overlords.

In the future, wind turbines will be bigger than Godzilla.

Salty talk

Making seawater drinkable has never looked so sexy.

A desalination plant doesn't have to be ugly.

Thumbs up

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?

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.