Lisa Hymas

Lisa Hymas is senior editor at Grist. You can follow her on Twitter and Google+.

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Population contrarian Fred Pearce on 'The Daily Show' [VIDEO]

Environmental journalist Fred Pearce has pissed off many by arguing that we don?t need to worry about population. Watch him chat with Jon Stewart.

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Elena Kagan's childfree status: The mean take and the green take

Pundits have seized on the fact that new Supreme Court justice Elena Kagan has no kids. Even "feminists" say she comes up short for being childfree.

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Stephanie Mills on choosing whether or not to have children [VIDEO]

Activist Stephanie Mills answers this question: "What advice do you give people who feel conflict about having children and living sustainably?"

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The arrival of the stork isn't always a happy occasion [VIDEO]

An irreverent little video about population pressures -- "The Stork" by Nina Paley. Watch it here.

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What would the world look like without people? [VIDEO]

In honor of the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement, here are two videos showing what would happen if we humans suddenly up and disappeared.

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Want to join the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement?

Art: Nina PaleyLes U. Knight (get it?) is the face and the force behind the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement (VHEMT, pronounced vehement).  Motto: “May we live long and die out.” It might sound like a strident or mean-spirited campaign, but Knight is certainly not a strident or mean-spirited guy.  He’s hit on a creative way to talk about the population problem and the damage humans do to ecosystems everywhere, without calling for reproductive coercion (note the prominence of the word voluntary). The gist: If we all just decided to stop procreating, humans would gradually and peacefully clear out and make …

Localwashing(ton)

UPDATED: McDonald’s new ad campaign: Is it localwashing or not?

[See UPDATE below.] McDonald’s has a new localwashing campaign playing out on billboards in Seattle.  This one targets the Ballard neighborhood … Photos: Gilman Park … and comes with an amusing disclaimer: “Participation and duration may vary.” This one targets Seattle as a whole: Have you seen any ads of this ilk? Cheddar from Wausau, Wis.?  Tomatoes from Immokalee, Fla.?  High-fructose corn syrup from Ames, Iowa? Tell us in comments below. Or better yet, email your photos to grist [at] grist [dot] org. (h/t Gilman Park) UPDATE, 22 July 2010: It turns out this is an ad campaign running just …

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Population trends as you’ve never seen them before [VIDEO]

As part of my GINK and population coverage, I’ll be bringing you a video each Saturday with a different take on these issues. Check out the previous installment, and stay tuned for more. Hans Rosling uses “colorful new data display technology” (ahem) to show you population trends over the last half century and the half century to come. “Child survival is the new green,” he declares. Rosling, a Swedish professor of global health, gave this talk at TED@Cannes: Have a video on population or GINK thinking to recommend? Post a link in comments below.  —– Read more about population and …

Girl's lawn wild

An ode to my new push reel lawn mower

I heart the Fiskars Momentum.It is a truth universally acknowledged that a new homeowner in possession of a good lawn must be in want of a lawn mower.  Unless you have access to a herd of goats, or you’re an aggressive gardener with immediate plans to xeriscape or cover all terrain with edible plants.   My significant other and I have started off with modest ambitions at our new homestead: keeping our small parcel of grass from degenerating into a weedy jungle. A gas-powered mower was out from the start.  Smelly, dirty, hugely polluting, and a pain to operate and …

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