Richard Grossman

Position: Population Matters!


Grossman: Don’t control population this way

There are many ways to decrease human numbers, and most of them should be shunned. Indeed, some of them are quite horrifying. It has been more than 20 years since the Rwandan genocide, but it...

DATE: Jan. 27, 2018 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Grossman: Reducing the barriers to family planning

There is no good news about male contraceptives yet, but there is much progress in the field of family planning for women. Perhaps the best news is that, globally, more women who want to avoid...

DATE: Dec. 23, 2017 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Grossman: Humans would be wise to heed this warning

In 1992, the Union of Concerned Scientists published the “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity.” Twenty-five years later, it has just been updated . Most of the Nobel Prize winners then alive and...

DATE: Nov. 25, 2017 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Grossman: Four most effective ways to reduce carbon footprint

Recently, I asked some authorities on climate change: “What is the most effective way of decreasing greenhouse gas emissions?” They gave stock answers about decreasing our consumption. “If you...

DATE: Oct. 28, 2017 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Grossman: Fossil fuel subsidies must go

During a break at a renewable energy meeting sponsored by La Plata Electric Association several years ago, a friend and I discussed the pros and cons of generating power with coal. She said that...

DATE: Sept. 22, 2017 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Grossman: Keeping children healthy relies on three things

I am writing this column in northern Ghana, where one in 16 children dies before 5 years of age. Although that number is high when compared to developed countries, there has been amazing progress...

DATE: Aug. 26, 2017 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Grossman: Ask one key question

What can health care providers, friends and parents do to help young women focus on their reproductive goals? Ask one key question: “Would you like to become pregnant in the next year?” Obviously,...

DATE: July 22, 2017 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Grossman: Revisiting the real pioneers in family planning history

Thomas Robert Malthus was the first person to link the increase in human population with growing social problems, correct? And, of course, Margaret Sanger was the first to teach poor women about...

DATE: June 24, 2017 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Preserve public lands for the children yet to come

You have fished for the trophy trout in the Rio Grande in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. Or perhaps you’ve hiked Sand Canyon, a bit west of Cortez, and enjoyed the wonderful walking,...

DATE: May 27, 2017 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Look where we need family planning the most

“As we crawled through the city, we encountered a crowded slum area. The temperature was well over 100, and the air was a haze of dust and smoke. The streets seemed alive with people. People...

DATE: April 22, 2017 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Be careful when walking at night downtown

This month’s column has almost nothing to do with human population. It details an event that was life-changing for me, and could have been life-ending. However, getting bumped off by a careless...

DATE: March 26, 2017 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Let her decide if or when she wants to have children

“Father slapped his hand on the table. ‘If Sarah was a boy, she would be the greatest jurist in South Carolina!’” This quote is from Sue Monk Kidd’s popular novel, The Invention of Wings. It is...

DATE: Feb. 26, 2017 | COLUMN: Population Matters

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