Good article. I've been harping on this one for a while. I am convinced my generation will be the last relatively healthy one. I mean, the number of people born with allergies and diabetes or being prone to cancer... it's staggering now. The munitions they're using in war now are so toxic... and some of those particles are accumulating in the air and water. Depleted uranium (sprays radioactive particulates when it impacts), white phosphorus... and hell... even the things we put on our plants. Atrozine is derived from agent orange for god's sake! Even common fertilizers (EDTA, salt chelated) are poisoning the soil... literally salting the earth.
Yes, humans can mutate to adapt... but not this fast! (even though I think evolution is essentially exponential in it's increase... we'd still need millennia to adapt to this kind of toxicity) Personally... I'm convinced we're already too late. CFCs, CO2 and other atmospheric destroyers take a decade to reach the ozone... where they disassemble it bit by bit. Our energy consumption has been rising on a STEEP curve, which means the damage will increase very fast and we won't be able to stop it unless we reverse it. Too much damage too quickly will create a chain reaction that will (among other things) destroy large areas of plankton (although some sink as a reaction to increased radiation) and can potentially collapse the ocean food web. Obviously a collapse in the ocean food web will create major problems... and there's more... but that's enough for now.
The planet is tough, but we need to take care of it... there really do exist "tipping points". Nature is giving us the warning now. So listen.
I really hope I'm wrong. I enjoy living, and I don't want to be a fear monger... but the time to change our behavior is now. Start picking up trash, use less energy. Share with your neighbors, say hello to strangers... do whatever you think helps... but do it.
I talked a long time with my sister last night in Hawaii. She can't find anyone who will talk about this or will even admit it is happening. On the west cost here I have a couple of ROENTGENS counters which came from a high school and the Cold War. They have over doubled sense last year. I was not brave enough to write what you did but I am surprised that I really see it that way as well. Alien intervention might help at this point if they think we are worth it.
Sorry, this post got a little out of control... but I'm posting it anyway. It's my big morning post.
That does not bode well. I'm on the west coast as well. I'm quite certain we're getting bombarded with radioactive fallout. I've seen some unsettling videos of people posting geiger counter readings... even thought about getting one myself.
The unfortunate thing about fallout and the human body, (which I'm sure you already know...but for everyone else here) is that the effect is cumulative. It builds up in human tissues and does more and more damage over time. We may not notice it now... but I think we're beginning to enter the chronic stages of chemical sickness. increased fallout accelerates the damage of other substances by weakening cells and the immune system. So the more shit we have in our bodies, the faster this process will move forward.
I would love to see some alien intervention, personally... but I think we're capable of starting a revolution right now... and that's what we really need. A new bill of rights that starts with the earth. If we compromise earth systems any further, there won't be any recourse for our survival. The earth filters our poisons, and if we can combine some simple technology with earth systems (like aquaponics or mycoremediation) we give ourselves a big advantage. We're burning the candle at both ends. That's why all the graphs describing sickness or air quality are so steep. First line of defense HAS TO BE protecting the earth. Everything else is nonsense.
This post started getting a little rambly and off topic, so I put my notes below:
(( The body does have SOME defense against radiation and DNA mutation... but it involves cell death. In fact, it is believed that apoptosis (cell suicide) happens mainly as an evolutionary defense against cell mutation and cancer. Cancer invades and forces a cell to replicate en masse and make new cancer cells. The only way a cell can stop this process is by having a set limit on how many times it can multiply. The implication here, is... If we weren't constantly subjected to radiation (which would be impossible, techincally) then we might live to be 500 years old! Further... if we weren't subjected to more radiation, as we are now, our bodies would be gaining in strength and lifespans would be increasing. Right now we're seeing an influx of disease, and cancer is on a serious sharp rise... and some of this is the effect of cumulative radiation buildup. Children are more prone to fallout damage, too... because their immune systems can't take it... and they have less cells. ))