Guest essay by Eric Worrall
The effort to find a replacement for the dying climate crisis has plumbed new depths.
Plummeting sperm counts, shrinking penises: toxic chemicals threaten humanity
Thu 18 Mar 2021 21.23 AEDT
The chemicals to blame for our reproductive crisis are found everywhere and in everything
The end of humankind? It may be coming sooner than we think, thanks to hormone-disrupting chemicals that are decimating fertility at an alarming rate around the globe. A new book called Countdown, by Shanna Swan, an environmental and reproductive epidemiologist at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, finds that sperm counts have dropped almost 60% since 1973. Following the trajectory we are on, Swan’s research suggests sperm counts could reach zero by 2045. Zero. Let that sink in. That would mean no babies. No reproduction. No more humans. Forgive me for asking: why isn’t the UN calling an emergency meeting on this right now?
The chemicals to blame for this crisis are found in everything from plastic containers and food wrapping, to waterproof clothes and fragrances in cleaning products, to soaps and shampoos, to electronics and carpeting. Some of them, called PFAS, are known as “forever chemicals”, because they don’t breakdown in the environment or the human body. They just accumulate and accumulate – doing more and more damage, minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day. Now, it seems, humanity is reaching a breaking point.
Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/mar/18/toxic-chemicals-health-humanity-erin-brokovich
Erin Brokovich was the subject of a famous Julia Roberts Hollywood movie which dramatised Erin’s successful pursuit of PG&E over a groundwater contamination scandal.
Obviously we must take this new threat seriously. The United Nations needs to establish a monitoring mission to assess… Nah, I can’t say it 🙂
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