Global warming affects penguins’ sex lives

Nobody likes to be rushed during sex, but climate change is forcing some penguin species to reschedule business time. Wednesday night is no longer the night for love! Now you do it on Monday OR YOU DIE OUT.


One weird old trick for population control: Aspirin

You may have heard that Rick Santorum financial backer Foster Friess proposed one weird old trick for birth control: an aspirin between the knees. (If you don’t get it, try holding an aspirin between your knees, and then imagine that you only knew one sex position and it was missionary.) We found some file photos of Friess explaining his theory, which he put forth on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports.


Green of hearts: Your last-minute guide to a sustainable Valentine’s Day

Need some last-minute Valentine’s Day inspiration? No worries: We help you celebrate your significant other without hurting your significant Mother (Earth).

Climate Change

Why climate hawks should care about birth-control access

Any morally acceptable pathway to prevent catastrophic global warming includes broad access to affordable birth control for the world's women.

Election 2012

Rick Santorum wants women to have lots of babies, whether they like it or not

Rick Santorum isn't just a climate denier -- he's a contraception denier. He believes contraception exists, but he's eying ways to deny you access to it.


Franzen on love, sex, population, birds, and making the world less toxic

If you’ve read the bestseller Freedom, you won’t be surprised to hear that novelist Jonathan Franzen describes himself as “a long-time green.” One of the book’s main characters, Walter Berglund, is “greener than Greenpeace,” Franzen tells us on the first page. Walter throws himself into campaigns to fight population growth and save birds, ultimately leading him to make a Faustian bargain involving mountaintop-removal coal mining and natural-gas drilling West Virginia. Franzen’s own environmentalism is less obsessive, but, as he told Grist fans at a recent event in New York City, he’s still passionate about the issues. Watch highlights from Franzen’s …


Live chat on population 7 billion — ask your questions and have your say-so

Sandeep Bathala and Carmen BarrosoJoin a Grist live chat on population issues on Monday, Oct. 31, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern / 10:00 a.m. Pacific, marking the occasion of the world population hitting 7 billion. We’ll have two experts on hand to answer your questions: Sandeep Bathala of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, formerly director of the Sierra Club’s population program; and Carmen Barroso, director of International Planned Parenthood Federation, Western Hemisphere Region. The chat will be moderated by Grist Senior Editor and Queen of Pop(ulation) Lisa Hymas. Ask questions in the box below, or tweet your questions to …


7 billion, unpacked — a comic

The world population is hitting 7 billion. But what does that really mean? In this comic, we unpack some of the numbers and nuances. Click the image below to view the comic, and then click on each page to go to the next one: For those without javascript enabled, here are links to each page: 7 Billion, Unpacked Behind the Numbers The Good News Room for Improvement What Goes Down Can Look Up So What Can You Do? Or you can download and read the comic as a PDF. Written by Lisa Hymas. Illustrated by Thomas Pitilli. Lettering and headers …


Talking to my son about sex and sustainability

"Are we going to talk about sex again?!" screamed my 12-year-old son. I had just sat down with him to have one of our father-son talks.

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