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Sperm count dropping in western world

As published in Scientific American:  LONDON (Reuters) – Sperm counts in men from America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand have dropped by more than 50 percent in less than 40 years, researchers said on Tuesday.

They also said the rate of decline is not slowing. Both findings — in a meta-analysis bringing together various studies — pointed to a potential decline in male health and fertility.

“This study is an urgent wake-up call for researchers and health authorities around the world to investigate the causes of the sharp ongoing drop in sperm count,” said Hagai Levine, who co-led the work at the Hebrew University-Hadassah Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine in Jerusalem.

The analysis did not explore reasons for the decline, but researchers said falling sperm counts have previously been linked to various factors such as exposure to certain chemicals and pesticides, smoking, stress and obesity.

Microscopic plastic particles contaminate drinking water

Drinking tap water around the world is likely to contain tiny plastic particles according to research conducted at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and the State University of New York. The research was sponsored by nonprofit Orb Media.

Of 33 tap water samples from across the United States, 94 percent tested positive for the presence of plastic fibers. 1

India came in second with 82 percent of samples tested positive followed by Uganda 82 percent, Indonesia 76 percent and Europe at 72 percent.

No country was without a plastic-positive sample. 2

Reefer madness in the Trump White House

Get ready for an old-time “marijuana is linked to violent crime” story line from the old politicos in the White House.  The Hill reports that “The Trump administration is readying for a crackdown on marijuana users under Attorney General Jeff Sessions” in a report expected to be released next week.

However,  the Tacoma News Tribune reports that:

But those statements run contrary to the experience in Washington state, which became one of the first two U.S. states to legalize recreational marijuana use for adults in 2012.

Since voters approved Initiative 502, FBI crime statistics show lower rates of violent crime in Washington than before legalization.

The Gig Harbor Times prefers to point out that in general, crime is related to employment.  Higher employment leads to lower crime.  Employment has long been observed to be a correlate of criminal behavior. according to criminal studies.

The Gig Harbor Times notes that employment is UP and crime is DOWN since the legalization of marijuana and the increase in employment.  Perhaps Jeff Sessions should report that there is a link between marijuana and employment.  Smoke more, work more?  One thing for certain is that there’s a lot of smoke coming from the White House.