Lisa Hymas

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

Latest IPCC report notes grim effects of climate change on ecosystems

As expected, the news is mostly bad, and then worse, and then worse still

Climate change is already having big impacts on the natural world and notable effects on human societies, according to the latest climate report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, being released on Friday. In …

Wal-Mart: it still totally sucks

New Yorker article reminds you why you hate it

Stacy Mitchell did a bang-up job earlier this week of explaining why Wal-Mart and other big-box stores could never actually be green. But if you need a more wide-ranging reminder of Wal-Mart’s deep and abiding …

What not to buy for Christmas

Watch out for scary chemicals in plastic toys for tots

Umbra offered up a number of clever gift ideas for kids in her latest column, focusing particularly on experiences rather than things. But if you still want to do some thing-giving for those wee ones, you might first want to check out "What's Toxic In Toyland," an article by Margot Roosevelt in Time.

Nairobi climate meeting wraps up without marked progress

Small steps made, but no real plan for post-2012

The international climate conference in Nairobi just wrapped up, and it sounds like it was a bit of a yawn. As expected, no exciting progress or big future plans. Of course, progress is in the eye of the beholder, as we see in three different articles from MSM sources: Alister Doyle and Gerard Wynn for Reuters: U.N. climate talks keep Kyoto on track, but scant progress Environment Ministers kept plans for widening a U.N.-led fight against global warming beyond 2012 on track on Friday amid criticism of scant progress in aiding Africa and confronting wrenching climate change. After two weeks of negotiations in Nairobi, about 70 ministers agreed to review Kyoto in 2008 in what many see as a prelude to widening a 35-industrial nation pact to outsiders such as China and India in the longer term. It also agreed to aid Africa obtain funds for clean energies such as wind and hydro power. But delegates had mixed views on the outcome of the talks.

Wal-Mart accused of mislabeling items as organic

Watchdog group files complaint with USDA

Wal-Mart has been mislabeling non-organic food items as organic, charges the Cornucopia Institute in a complaint filed with the USDA. Reports the AP:

If this is what a "priority" looks like ...

Snow says Bush has made climate a priority. Yeah, right.

"[T]he President has made dealing with climate change a priority for this administration," said White House Press Secretary Tony Snow at yesterday's briefing. Meanwhile, a German group has ranked 56 nations according to their efforts to fight climate change. Yes, look way down the list [PDF]:  

Guv races: Spitzer, Rendell, Strickland, and Patrick win

Some expected and key wins for Dems and enviros

Four governors' races with notable environmental angles have gone to the greener-leaning Dems, as expected.   New York: Eliot Spitzer (D) pummeled John Faso (R) Pennsylvania: Ed Rendell (D) trounced Lynn Swann (R) Ohio: Ted Strickland (D) whipped Ken Blackwell (R) Massachusetts: Deval Patrick (D) beat Kerry Healey (R) Background on enviro angles here and here. Race results here.

Granholm pulls it out

Michigan’s Democratic governor wins reelection

Michigan's Democratic governor, Jennifer Granholm, has beaten back Republican Dick DeVos. It's an important win for enviros -- Granholm is about as green as one could manage in the home state of the U.S. auto industry. Background on the race here.

Stonyfield Farm defends its organic ideals

Business Week article gave some the wrong impression, company says

Stonyfield Farm, purveyor of organic yogurt and milk, is concerned that some folks got the wrong idea about its business strategy from a recent Business Week article about the big-ification of organic, which I pointed to a couple of weeks ago.

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