Chemicals and Synergistic Reactions

October 25, 2008 by Tommy Linsley  
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Highly Volatile Chemicals and Their Potential Synergistic Reactions
There are more than 80,000 man-made chemicals on the market, approved for use
in North America.  Several thousand more are submitted for approval each year.
In nearly every case, regulatory organizations are responsible for testing each of
these chemicals, individually, for human toxicity.

Not all chemicals that are approved will even go through this process.  However, the
truly frightening thing about this process is that not one of these chemicals will be
tested for how they react with the other 80,000 existing chemicals.  Even when they
are designed to be combined with other chemicals, are they tested together.

It is well known that chemistry does not take place in a vacuum.  The human body
itself has become a hodge-podge of these chemicals, often stored in body tissues
and fats because the liver simply doesn’t know how to deal with and eliminate these
substances.  When each new one is added, this unregulated chemistry experiment
begins anew, with consequences that people can only imagine.

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Biomagnification Explained

October 24, 2008 by Tommy Linsley  
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Pollution Accumulating in Your Dinner – Biomagnification Explained

When the landmark book Silent Spring was released in the 1960s, it was the first time the public
was made aware of the dangers of chemical bio-magnification.  In this particular case it was
birds of prey accumulating massive amounts of DDT in their bodies that resulted in their
inability to reproduce because of soft egg shells.

Since then, this has been observed in nearly every higher order creature on Earth with one
chemical or another.  Human beings are not immune.  The affinity that some of the most dangerous
chemicals have for lipids causes them to accumulate in fatty tissues.  Any creature that eats
another can easily take these toxins into their own bodies where they are also stored in fat
tissues, often causing drastically higher levels of body-toxins than are observed in simpler
organisms that are lower on the food chain.

Who ever thought that it might be a good thing to be lower in the food chain?  Just think, you
could have drastically lower body-toxins.

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Pollution and Extinction Pressure

October 23, 2008 by Tommy Linsley  
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How Pollution Contributes to Extinction Pressure

The spread of pollution affects both humans and wildlife worldwide.  However,
unlike human beings who are capable of surviving just about anywhere, most
species are reliant upon specific environments for their survival.

Climate change, for instance, has already been responsible for changing the
distribution of species worldwide.  Many of these organisms, whether on land,
air or sea, are unable to simply pack up and follow where the conditions they are
adapted to are moving.  Animals that rely upon conditions at the poles, for instance,
are finding that there is nowhere to go, even if they are relatively mobile.

More directly, chemical and radioactive pollution that is now found in every
ecosystem on Earth is making these species less able to compete. Whether it’s
fish and mammals that rely upon water at a specific temperature or a unique
delivery of nutrition, reproductive health and overall fitness suffers as a result
of these pollutants.

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Pollution, Species, Bio-Diversity

October 22, 2008 by Tommy Linsley  
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How Pollution Affects Endangered Species and Bio-Diversity

Pollution doesn’t only affect human health directly.  It also has a tremendous impact
on the natural environment and the organisms that inhabit it.  This is especially true
for endangered and threatened species that rely heavily upon specialized environments
or lie high upon the food chain. Whether as a consequence of habitat destruction, direct
poisoning that kills outright or the invasion of invasive species, pollution is directly or
indirectly responsible for exterminating and creating endangered species.

By the onset of the 21st century, there were no parts of the Earth free from some type
of chemical pollution.  Furthermore, the threat posed by atmospheric pollution and
climate change threatens to degrade and destroy habitats for creatures from polar bears
to plankton.

Were that not enough, these threats tend to multiply.  Amphibians are one example:
pesticide poisoning of the water weakened their natural immunity to fungus that has
already wiped out several species and critically endangered many others.

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Unfair Social Impact of Pollution

October 21, 2008 by Tommy Linsley  
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Social Impacts of Pollution and the Unfair Consequences of Waste

It is well known that the majority of pollution is caused and emitted by the most
developed nations. North America, in particular, is responsible for a large portion
of both chemical and greenhouse gas emissions. This is partly due to the
relatively high standard of living that is enjoyed here which includes transportation,
heating and cooling, as well as the high rates of meat and dairy consumption.

By way of comparison, the majority of the world’s population lives in areas where
the consequences of pollution are felt more keenly. This is partly due to a
disproportionate distribution of wealth and living standards. Read more

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Basicly Pollution

October 20, 2008 by Tommy Linsley  
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Basic Types of Pollution and Where to Find It

If you’re looking for pollution, you’re in luck.  It’s everywhere.

Pollution is present in the air in the form of carbon dioxide that causes climatological
chaos, CFCs and methane that destroy the protective ozone layer, sulfur dioxide
that causes acid rain and smog, not to mention all the other chemicals that contribute
to respiratory ailments and cancers.

You’ll find it in the soil, deposited as it falls from the air and chemicals lingering for
decades after being applied to croplands or washed into the silt of riverbeds in
North America’s most seemingly pristine estuaries.  Pollution is also found in the water,
making ground-level pollution mobile, taking raw discharge from factories and sewage
plants.  That’s just to name a few – you simply can’t get away from it.
Read more

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