Heather Smith

Heather Smith (on Twitter, @strangerworks) is interested in the various ways that humans try to save the environment: past, present, and future.


Oil companies should be scared of electric vehicles.

So says a report by the Fitch credit rating agency, which warns that rapid innovation in batteries could trigger an "investor death spiral."

No iCar for you, buddy

Apple is having second thoughts about building electric, self-driving cars.

The company is reportedly focusing instead on developing software for driverless vehicles that could be used by other car companies.

Hot art

Sometimes you have to melt some ice to make a point.

Art collective Futures North turned pre-industrial ice harvesting techniques and 21st-century computer modeling into a physical model of climate change.


This young engineer wants to convince you that nuclear power is just what the climate needs

Rachel Slaybaugh is excited about new nuclear startups and confident that nuclear energy can be safe.

The air up there

191 nations agree: Airplanes will finally have to cut their gassy contributions to climate change.

Is this great news? Depends on how optimistic you are.

Exxon marks the naught

Forty years ago, Exxon almost revolutionized the electric car.

When the oil crises of the 1970s hit, the oil giant did pioneering work on hybrid vehicles. Then it shut the program down.


Meet the woman who’s making Google more sustainable

Kate Brandt, Google's lead for sustainability, tells us what she's excited about right now.

Keep on trucking

The Swedes are cleaning up trucking with old-timey tech.

The country is testing out overhead electrical cables on a stretch of highway as a new, green way to power trucks.

How does your solar garden grow?

What do solar panels and tomatoes have in common? Living space.

UC Davis and a solar company are investigating whether you can mix farming and utility-scale solar.