Richard Grossman

Position: Population Matters!


Grossman: Fortunately, the heyday of eugenics is history

Although Francis Galton started the modern eugenics movement in England in the 19th century, eugenics reached its peak in Germany during the Nazi era. Although sometimes well-meaning, eugenicists...

DATE: July 27, 2018 | COLUMN: Population Matters


You might have thought that I am against people having children and therefore be surprised that I am writing about having children. I am definitely in favor of people having babies; my goal is for...

DATE: July 6, 2018 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Grossman: Recognize family planning as a basic human right

Family planning was declared to be a basic human right 50 years ago this month. The right to family planning was included in the International Conference on Human Rights held in Tehran in May 1968....

DATE: May 26, 2018 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Grossman: Losing species to our expanding population

I learned about two sea creatures while vacationing this spring near Puerto Peñasco in Mexico. By coincidence, we were close to the home of these two endangered animals, at the north end of the...

DATE: April 28, 2018 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Grossman: Shootings are a terrible way to reduce our population

“… I call on President Trump and the Republican controlled House and Senate and Executive Branch to work together, get some bills passed and stop taking money from the NRA because children are...

DATE: March 17, 2018 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Grossman: There are no winners in climate change wager

Back in January 2008, the Herald published a unique challenge: “I offer a public wager of $5,000 that the Earth will be cooler in 10 years.” Roger Cohen, a physicist, proposed this wager. I...

DATE: Feb. 24, 2018 | COLUMN: 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

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