posted on Jul, 8 2006 @ 10:04 AM
POP stands for Perisistant Organic Pollutant, which basically means an offensive particle which does not biodegrade easily or at all.
I listened to a rather compelling BBC radio report the other day about people undergoing blood tests to see if and how badly they were contaminated
with chemical byproducts from factories, etc.
The maddening thing is that it seems that such byproducts span the planet with no ends. People who would move far away from cities or industrial area
with the intent of breathing and living in a cleaner enviroment sometimes showed even more of a contaminated bloodstream than those living in or
around urban areas.
Considering the spread of these particles, it's a real wonder how the US military spewed Iraq and possibly even the Balkans during their 1999
campaign with tons, literally tons, of Depleted Uranium... which is radioactive and has a terribly long half-life. At first it was thought that the
radiation reached only as high as a few hundred feet, but studies seemed to demonstrate that the effects are much more pronounced than that.
Sometimes, it really does seem that the rulers of this planet are trying to get it to a point where it will eventually be inhospitable. Or perhaps is
the eco-system capable of repairing itself, despite so much gradual devestation?