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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 …

7 Billion: What to expect when you’re expanding—a special series

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 …

7 Billion: What to expect when you’re expanding—a special series

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 …

7 Billion: What to expect when you’re expanding—a special series

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.

7 Billion: What to expect when you’re expanding—a special series

7 billion? It’s time to talk

People go out of their way to avoid talking about population, just as they do with sex, politics, and religion. But it’s time to get over the squeamishness.

7 Billion: What to expect when you’re expanding—a special series

Women’s rights are key to slowing population growth

The best way to slow growth is ensuring that people can make choices about childbearing. But fertility rates remain high where women's status is low.

7 Billion: What to expect when you’re expanding—a special series

Come and get your Endangered Species Condoms

The Center for Biological Diversity wants to give away 100,000 Endangered Species Condoms this fall. Wanna help?

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7 billion: What to expect when you’re expanding — a special series

The population will hit 7 billion on Halloween, according to the U.N. Who knew those goons with the black helicopters had such a macabre sense of humor?

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Can smartphones serve as birth control? [VIDEO]

This amusing Indian ad suggests that smartphones can bring down birthrates. If you're having 3G fun, why bother with old-fashioned amorous pursuits?