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.

Cities

Suburbs of Chicago and San Francisco struggle over who gets to live there

The affordable housing fight returns to suburbia -- and gets ugly.

Politics

Victory! California guv signs bill to protect clotheslines

The Sunshine State reinforces its citizens' right to hang out their laundry in public with a new law.

Politics

The TPP agreement: Will it save the rhinos? Or will it destroy everything we love and hold dear?

The good, the bad, the ugly, and the unknowns on the largest trade agreement in history.

Politics

What do Republicans think about clean energy?

A new poll finds some encouraging numbers suggesting that "climate-conscious conservative" is not a contradiction in terms.

Business & Technology

Inventor looks to shake up cleantech with smart solar trackers

Leila Madrone uses her skills in automation and robotics to make solar even better.

Climate & Energy

Climate journalism bums people out. Here’s how to change that.

A new study finds that people pay the most attention to climate stories when they feature individuals who are making a difference.

Cities

Urban activists set out to sue San Francisco’s suburbs

A much unloved San Franciscan and her cohorts push a posh suburb to start building denser and more affordable apartments.

Climate & Energy

What’s the best way to communicate about climate change? This expert offers some insights

Anthony Leiserowitz of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication has done groundbreaking research on people's understanding of global warming.

Cities

Turns out San Francisco didn’t need a hipster private bus company

San Francisco's startup bus line goes bankrupt. Maybe $6 tickets, wood-paneled interiors, and swiveling barstools weren't a great idea, after all.