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Pollution Pt. 2

Re: What is the top killer? Wars? Epidemics? Suicides? Drugs

Unread postby onlooker » Sat 21 Oct 2017, 17:22:34

A marked sign of our tremendous negative impact on this planet. This also undoubtedly is greatly affecting non human species as well. Not surprising that it was included in the limits to growth scenarios of back in the seventies. Those folks did a magnificently thorough study on the Limits to Growth
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Re: What is the top killer? Wars? Epidemics? Suicides? Drugs

Unread postby pstarr » Sat 21 Oct 2017, 19:08:29

dohboi wrote:"...clean water and waste water treatment"

In other words...pollution...thanks. :-D

I think of pollution as toxic chemicals. Human waste treated properly is a nutrient, like any natural compost. It's the pathogens in improperly treated waste that kill.
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Re: What is the top killer? Wars? Epidemics? Suicides? Drugs

Unread postby SeaGypsy » Sat 21 Oct 2017, 19:32:26

If you knew the process you could get high off sewage. The authorities use it to track drug use, as most of the drugs humans use end up in the toilet. Funny that.
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Re: What is the top killer? Wars? Epidemics? Suicides? Drugs

Unread postby evilgenius » Tue 24 Oct 2017, 10:38:00

SeaGypsy wrote:If you knew the process you could get high off sewage. The authorities use it to track drug use, as most of the drugs humans use end up in the toilet. Funny that.


Antibiotics being one of those. We should worry about their overuse. We should worry about whether the form they are in when they go down the toilet allows bacteria exposure that makes them resistant, and whether those exposed bacteria communicate well enough with other bacteria outside of that environment. I know you drive for a living like I do, SeaGypsy. I deliver drugs to nursing homes. Unlike how, when I used to work around x-ray film years ago, there was a collector for waste silver in the drain, there is no collector for what old people are putting out. Those things are super concentrated in those environments. You gotta wonder.
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Re: climate change "existential" threat to humanity

Unread postby dohboi » Sun 29 Oct 2017, 22:56:21

This is not exclusively on cc, but it does show there plenty of other threats to humanity (and much of the rest of planetary life) beyond cc:

Pollution’s Annual Price Tag?

$4.6 Trillion and 9 Million Dead


by John Tozzi, Bloomberg News

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... llion-dead
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Re: Pollution Pt. 2

Unread postby onlooker » Mon 20 Nov 2017, 16:45:58

Seems India is overtaking China as world's top polluting country
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-14639-8
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Re: Pollution Pt. 2

Unread postby dohboi » Sun 03 Dec 2017, 14:15:28

"A cricket Test match between India and Sri Lanka was repeatedly interrupted on Sunday with claims players were “continuously vomiting” due to hazardous pollution levels in the Indian capital."

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/ ... to-breathe
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Re: Pollution Pt. 2

Unread postby onlooker » Thu 07 Dec 2017, 23:18:10

Light pollution
Outdoor lighting is regarded as a necessity, especially in highly populated areas, but artificial night-lights are an environmental pollutant, disrupting processes such as light-dark cycles in nocturnal animals—those that are active at night—and affecting plants and microorganisms. Prolonged exposure to artificial night-lights has also been suspected in affecting our health and sleep patterns
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