Thursday, August 6, 2009

Signs of a Systemic Problem

Three articles I've seen in the past 24 hours about alarming trends prove once again that there is a systemic problem with the way we live and the way we treat the world around us:
  • There is a growing patch of garbage in the Pacific, now about the size of Texas (ironic? see below). It is composed of slowly-degrading plastic, most of it smaller than can be seen from the surface, but large enough to be choking the ecosystem there.
  • Immigrant groups that move to the U.S. see large spikes in cancer incidence. Researchers are seeing it in Hispanics now and saw it in Asians a few decades ago. Maybe something to do with our sedentary lifestyle and the massive amounts of processed foods we eat? I can't posit these things scientifically, but the article makes reference to them.
  • Thanks to my good friend Mike B. for sending me this third article, in which it appears that recycling isn't "Texas" enough for Houston.

Maybe Wall-E was the most prescient movie ever made?

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