Hey environmentalists, this is how you make people listen...

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I just read a story over at LiveScience about polar bears experiencing genital shrinkage because of industrial pollutants:

Polar bears from northernmost Norway, western Russia and east Greenland are among the most polluted animals in the Arctic, as they feast on ringed seals and bearded seals. The blubber of these seals accumulates high levels of organic pollutants loaded with halogens such as chlorine. These organohalogens can act like hormones.

The scientists found the higher the level of organohalogens in polar bear, the smaller testicle and baculum size and weight likely were. Ovary size and weight decreased as organohalogen levels rose as well...

Polar bears have among the lowest reproductive rates for terrestrial mammals. The scientists say reducing polar bear penis size would make sex less successful, upsetting naturally slow-to-grow polar bear numbers. Testicle and ovary shrinkage would upset polar bear reproduction too.

So could there be a more effective way to get people to care about the environment than by convincing the men on earth that this could happen to us too? I'm not saying it could happen, but it would get them listening.

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August 28, 2006 - 12:02pm
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