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.


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.


The wacky, messy tale of the man who just wanted to make a dog poop lamp

It took imagination, ingenuity, and months of meetings, but Matthew Mazzotta's poop-digester project finally turned dog waste into public lighting.

The Paris climate talks: Yes oui can!

Will the financial world wake up to clean energy thanks to Paris?

Oil is in trouble already in the global marketplace. Could the new climate agreement deliver a knockout punch?


WTO’s big meat decision could be a troubling sign of things to come

Canada and Mexico win a trade dispute over U.S. rules requiring country-of-origin meat labeling. What does this mean for the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

Business & Technology

Better air-quality stats — using data science, sensors, and ladders

An open-source project in California is putting cheap air-quality test stations on school roofs and other locations.