I have written an number of articles on this Blog and elsewhere which deal with how capitalism is destroying the planet. I always use the term that capitalism if it is not ended "will destroy life on earth as we know it." I have been using this qualification "as we know it" deliberately. As I feel that some insects will survive and some creatures at the very depths of the oceans. Now I am not so sure. Nuclear war, massive overheating, pollution piled on pollution, could these perhaps wipe out all life. Could the planet be left a lifeless rock. Lifeless even in the oceans. Maybe even no oceans.
I was thinking of this today after reading a short article in the bosses main daily paper The Wall Street Journal. It is entitled: "Pollutants are found in deep-sea animals." The author is Ellie Kincaid. The scientists who conducted the research on which this article is based deployed research probes to trap living creatures dwelling in deep-sea tranches as far down as four to five miles. Capitalist apologists for the destruction that their system is doing to the environment through pollution have been arguing that chemicals which were produced in the past and were very poisonous but which are no longer produced would disperse in the environment and not cause a problem. Well it seems that is not so.
The experiment referred to here found levels of polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs, an extremely destructive and life damaging chemical historically used in electrical equipment, to be as much as fifty times greater at the ocean depths than measurements for this chemical in crabs living in a highly polluted river in China. Researchers believe that the chemical most likely originated from land fill leaks and other sources and reached the ocean depths by sticking to particles of organic matter and sinking down to the depths where scavenging crustaceans ate them. So I am rethink my position on this issue. Capitalism might not just destroy life on earth as we know it. It might destroy all life on earth. The urgency of the international socialist revolution grows by the day.
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