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

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.

Cities

While you were worrying about trains, your car was trying to kill you

I had to get from Philadelphia to New York. Sure, Amtrak just wrecked a train. But it's not like the highway is safer.

Cities

Dear Vienna: Stop patronizing people who aren’t straight

Putting stick-figure same-sex couples on traffic lights is an attention-getting gesture. But actually naming things for activists is more meaningful.

Cities

Mountain View to Google: Take your techno-utopian factory town and shove it

Local government scuttles the search giant's big plans to reinvent suburban office-park design with new-model integrated housing.

Cities

This tool could help Montreal cyclists route around bad air

A Google Maps mashup overlays air pollution data on the city street grid so bikers can go easy on their lungs.