Position: Population Matters!

Email: richard@population-matters.org

Studies: Keeping abortion legal, safe aids women

Many years ago I worked for three weeks in Swaziland, South Africa. A memory still haunts me.Most mornings we saw one or two young women through the emergency ward. Almost all of these women were...

DATE: March 24, 2012 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Recognize the tragedy of demographic entrapment

Last month’s column was about the “tragedy of the commons” – when people use more than their share of a common resource, leading to the resource’s destruction. An example is overgrazed fields,...

DATE: Feb. 25, 2012 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Greek fishermen exemplify ‘tragedy of the commons’

“In every deliberation, we must consider the impact on the seventh generation.”– Great Law of the Iroquois“They know that they shouldn’t fish closer than 500 meters from the coast, but I’ve seen...

DATE: Jan. 21, 2012 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Saying goodbye to obstetrics, but with a lot left to do

I helped with the birth of my last baby here in Durango in November. He is a healthy boy who weighed just under seven pounds.More than 35 years ago, we chose Durango as the best place to raise our...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2011 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Halloween will see 7 billionth human on planet

How will this Halloween be different from any other Halloween? A singular event will happen this Oct. 31.That is the day demographers predict a very special baby will be born: the Earth’s 7...

DATE: Oct. 22, 2011 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Share the outdoors, volunteer for DNS

I spent five minutes pulling the starter cord and adjusting the choke and throttle on the little pump without a whimper of a start. Then I realized that it would help to turn the switch to “on.”In...

DATE: Sept. 24, 2011 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Not voting ‘no’ on Amendment 62 is irresponsible

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ... .”First Amendment to the Constitution of the United StatesImagine this scenario....

DATE: Oct. 23, 2010 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Women, especially those like Leanne Jordan, improve medicine

May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half-truths and superficial relationships, so that you may live deepwithin your heart;May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression and...

DATE: April 25, 2010 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Haiti's tragedy reminds us to be thankful for our good fortune

“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly." "font-weight: bold;">- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. While riding in a taxi in New York City the radio was tuned to a Spanish...

DATE: Jan. 24, 2010 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Copenhagen conference holds hope for action on climate change

Governing a single nation is complex, but building agreement among 200 diverse countries is a monumental task. Getting those nations to solve a global problem, which affects each country...

DATE: Oct. 25, 2009 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Population points to limits in thorny issue of immigration

Immigration is an important part of the study of human population. It is a part that I have tried to ignore because Ihave strong, but conflicted, feelings about it. In December 2007, a large...

DATE: Aug. 23, 2009 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Looking at the population explosion in two different ways

Two friends recently sent me two magazine articles on human population. At first they appear to be conflicting, but,amazingly, I agree with parts of both. Both comment on recent demographic changes...

DATE: June 28, 2009 | COLUMN: Population Matters

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