Lisa Hymas

Lisa Hymas is senior editor at Grist. She tweets sometimes.

7 billion for all mankind

2011: The year we’ll hit 7 billion

Sometime in the latter half of this year, the world population will hit 7 billion people. Already? Didn't we just hit 6 billion? Yep, a mere dozen years ago.


2010: The year childfree went mainstream (thanks, Oprah!)

Childlessness is nothing new — for as long as we’ve had parents, we’ve had people who are not parents. Across centuries and cultures, at least 10 percent of women never have children, writes Elizabeth Gilbert. …

The GINK Chronicles

How the childfree can be parents too

Deciding to be childfree doesn't have to mean forgoing the joys of parenting. Co-parenting has a lot to offer for the childfree, parents, and kids.

The GINK videos

Do the childfree get the shaft at work?

CNN and The Fiscal Times look at how childfree people can get stuck working longer hours and less desirable days and shifts.

The GINK videos

Bristol Palin and 'The Situation' talk up safe sex [VIDEO]

While training for "Dancing With the Stars," Bristol Palin teamed up with "Jersey Shore"'s The Situation to film this PSA warning against teen pregnancy.

The GINK videos

Mad Men’s Vincent Kartheiser won’t have kids for green reasons [VIDEO]

Actor Vincent Kartheiser, who plays Pete Campbell on "Mad Men," says he has made the "green choice" not to have children. Welcome to the GINK club!

On the ground in Ethiopia

The population challenge up close and personal

Ethiopia has one of the world's highest fertility rates -- 5.4 births per woman -- but also a pioneering program that's spreading family planning.

The dinner takes it all

Bring back the family dinner, says Laurie David

In her new book, Inconvenient Truth producer Laurie David explains why gathering together around a table to eat is important and shares great recipes.

Forget carbon caps, think cervical caps

What should climate hawks do next? Fight for free birth control

Climate hawks are floundering after the election. What now? They should join the fight to make insurers cover the full cost of contraception.