| Pollution |
|Interest of||• Extinction Rebellion|
• Boyan Slat
|A killer of millions of humans and uncountable other life forms per year, but not one that has had a high profile in corporate media.|
Pollution contributes to 16% of all human deaths in 2015. Global Research reports that "approximately 19 million premature deaths are estimated to occur annually... [from pollution] and that is just the cost in human lives".
Pesticides and herbicides can accumulate in soil and present both short or long term threats to health, both to producers and consumers of agricultural products. Some of these such as DDT have been banned, others are in the process, while others (such as glyphosate) have only recently been recognised as potentially dangerous.
Organic farming is the production of food without use of inorganic chemicals.
The militaries of the nations on the planet are a big contributing factor to worldwide pollution; foremost the United States military.
|DDT||Originally developed as an insecticide, thanks to ineptitude (and possibly corruption) used without second guesses as to what it's health impacts may be.|
|Depleted uranium||Depleted uranium is a toxic substance that better had been prohibited by international treaties decades ago, but American generals don't want to give up this capability.|
|Fracking||An increasingly desperate method to prolong the age of fossil fuels, one that threatens to cause long term harm to the biosphere, not only in the longer term by fueling climate change, but in the much nearer term by polluting drinking water.|
|Planned obsolescence||Designing things to break early.|
|Plastic waste||A form of pollution.|
|9-11/Premature death||“[...] a lot of symptoms that were consistent with neurotoxic poisoning. Those were just the physical symptoms and in some cases people reported, that their hair fell out and even their dental work fell out. And to me they were consistent with signs of radiation poisoning. But however, the toxic cocktail that had been burning there, I think a California group went and analyzed and pretty much came out with the determination that there are about 900 contaminants, 200 different kind of dioxins, we had the particulate matter, the asbestos, the concrete.” [...] “What is interesting is that, we were, anytime we were ill or not feeling right, the September eleven help services and the red cross would try to get us into counseling and, to me at the end of all of this, it seemed that we experienced the same thing that the gulf war, or other civilians who were exposed to local superfund site disasters, we were all told it was in our head. That's exactly what went on down at 911.” ... “It wasn't until I went to a detox program. We got together with everyone else and compared symptoms, that we realized that this was an epidemic.”||Indira Singh|
|Lawrence Summers||“I think the economic logic behind dumping a load of toxic waste in the lowest wage country is impeccable and we should face up to that...I've always thought that under-populated countries in Africa are vastly UNDER-polluted”||Lawrence Summers|