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The Human Habitat

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{Nature_and_Environment.99.9}: James Files {riverrat} Sat, 05 Dec 2009 07:48:13 CST (30 lines)

bshmr

There is no way to minimize the concern that this report should bring
to the fore, but it is also important to remember that the levels of
these chemicals being found in blood were impossible to resolve.

Finding higher levels of lead and mercury would indeed be extremely
disturbing but finding more chemicals does not mean that there are
more chemicals present but could just mean that the techniques have
become more sensitive, or even that this is the first time they have
been looked for.  (Sorta like Hubble finding a "new" galaxy).

How scary is it that people are advised to not eat fish (one of the
healthiest of animal foods in terms of nutrition) more than once a
week because of the contained metals?  Pretty disturbing.  Is it good
news that fish today have less of those metals, on the whole, than
they did in the '60s when I was growing up?

In truth, the amount of pollution, per capita, has gone down
drastically during our lifetime.  The bad news is that there are a lot
more people and the strain, and cumulative damage, we are placing on
our planet is still increasing.

The fact that the study you link to doesn't have me running around and
pulling out my hair has a lot more to do with the fact that this is
largely just more evidence of a fact I am well aware of (we are
poisoning ourselves, our children and our planet) and not startling news.

I am not attempting to minimize this study, just put it in its proper
context.

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