Richard Grossman

Position: Population Matters!


Humanity’s success may also bring about its downfall

From a biological standpoint, the most important goal of any species – or individual – is to pass on its genetic information. That is the reason that so much time and energy is spent on...

DATE: July 21, 2012 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Population paradox: Small wars may prevent apocalyptic conflict

The reason I became concerned about human population is that I wanted to work for peace. Long ago, I believed (and still do) that overpopulation is likely to lead to armed conflict.Scarce resources...

DATE: June 23, 2012 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Honor this heroine’s story of healing after childhood

Sunday two months ago, the same day The DurangoHerald published my column, “Studies: Keeping abortion safe, legal aids women,” (March 25), I received an amazing email. Its author lives in a...

DATE: May 26, 2012 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Tracking what it means to be born from unwanted pregnancy

One of my strongest memories from medical school was a delivery I assisted with. This was the mother’s fifth child and a quick birth. I proudly held up the newborn boy to show him to his mother....

DATE: April 21, 2012 | COLUMN: Population Matters

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

Continue the United States’ tradition of peaceful protest

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people...

DATE: Nov. 26, 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

Costa Rica offers a model for living more simply

There is something you can do that is likely to make you happier, healthier, save money and lessen your impact on the planet. What is it? Consume less by practicing simpler living.I usually focus...

DATE: Aug. 27, 2011 | COLUMN: Population Matters

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