Richard Grossman

Position: Population Matters!


River spill was a signal to end business as usual

Our Animas River received a serious insult recently. Fortunately, the river seems to be recovering, but we cannot predict what the long-term effects will be. Contractors working for the United...

DATE: Aug. 22, 2015 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Try offsetting your carbon impact with PopOffsets

We all benefit from fossil fuels. As a consequence, we all cause carbon emissions, and thus contribute to climate change. Is it possible to compensate for our greenhouse gas-emissions? “Yes and no”...

DATE: July 25, 2015 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Increase the availability of birth-control pills

Should you have to go to a doctor for a prescription in order to buy a medication that is safe, can prolong lives, prevents cancer and helps people feel better? Although the press often vilifies...

DATE: June 27, 2015 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Celebrating two decades of ‘Population Matters!’

Twenty years ago this spring, Morley Ballantine (then the Herald’s editor) gave me the responsibility of writing a column about human population issues. I want to take this opportunity to give an...

DATE: May 23, 2015 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Acknowledge the true cost of ‘cheap’ electricity

Did you know the federal government is shortchanging us citizens by a billion dollars a year? Cozy deals with the feds are allowing private enterprise to underpay for natural resources. Last month,...

DATE: April 25, 2015 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Get rid of investments in dirty forms of energy

Our planet could support many more people if each person consumed less. One of the largest problems caused by our consumption is greenhouse-gas emissions from using fossil fuels. The divestment...

DATE: March 21, 2015 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Congo an example of how family planning works

In a previous article, I wrote about how it was possible for one doctor to perform hundreds of tubal ligations in one day – but probably not honor the rights of the patients. The next column was...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2015 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Family planning programs must preclude abuse

The London Summit on Family Planning in 2012 was the start of a new focus on family planning. The last time family planning had received so much attention was the Cairo conference in 1994. Several...

DATE: Jan. 24, 2015 | COLUMN: Population Matters

World should condemn ‘assembly line’ sterilizations

News media focused in November on more than a dozen deaths in India after women had surgery at a sterilization “camp.” Authorities suspect that the surgeon caused the deaths, so he is in prison....

DATE: Dec. 27, 2014 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Help out by giving to these worthy organizations

The most common question I get from readers of this column is about what organizations are worthy to receive our donations. I will respond with my opinions. As you can imagine, some nonprofit...

DATE: Nov. 22, 2014 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Personhood: Amdt. 67 is unnecessary and devious

Some people are trying to take political advantage of a tragic accident. In 2012, a drunken driver turned left in front of woman who was driving home from a prenatal visit. The two vehicles...

DATE: Oct. 11, 2014 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Mourn for Martha, before we share in her fate

Although the Ebola epidemic is terrible, there is an invisible epidemic that might end up being even worse for humanity. We depend on the great web of life, but paradoxically, we are constantly...

DATE: Sept. 27, 2014 | COLUMN: Population Matters

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