Chemicals compose everything, including items that we are entirely dependent on, such as plastics and antibiotics to name a couple. Nonetheless there remains a sense of chemophobia – the fear of chemicals that is ultimately driven by generalisations of a few unsafe compounds. Here lies the conflict between our reliance on particular items and the impact they have on our own vitality, and the health of the environment.
‘The Population Bomb’ by Paul Erhlich and Anne Ehrlich (uncredited) caught the world’s attention towards the end of the 1960s through warnings of imminent global disasters of Malthusian proportions such as mass starvations directly as a result of rapid population growth. The present population of approximately 7.5 billion is more than double that of 1968 […]