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.

Election Guide ★ 2016

Launching the cleantech space race: A preflight checklist for candidates

From exporting cleantech to upgrading the grid, here’s how to kickstart the renewable revolution.

More like "car-driving selves"

What’s the point of self-driving cars if you still have to drive them?

Tesla's Autopilot mode isn't actually meant to auto-pilot, the company says.

Business & Technology

Trader Joe’s: Looks adorable, passes gas like a climate villain

The EPA just dinged the chain for its criminally leaky refrigerators.

Business & Technology

Tesla wants to be your renewable energy everything

Elon Musk wants to buy SolarCity, but Wall Street's not having it.

Jerkstorm alert

The weather is throwing thunderstorm tantrums

Yet another reason that coal dust is not your friend.


Fancy streetlights save a lot of energy but steal your sleep

LED streetlights sound like a great idea. But there's a hitch.

Climate & Energy

Solar panels don’t raise regular utility rates — and might even lower them

It turns out that solar is not the death knell for utilities as we know them.

Climate & Energy

California’s primary has oily fingers all over it

Don’t let Hillary vs. Bernie distract you from the other Democrat vs. Democrat cage matches in play.

Pony Montana

Environmental crime is booming. Here’s how to tackle it.

A new report from UNEP and INTERPOL confirms that it's not a great time to be a rhino.