Dude, Where’s My Sperm?

I’ve been freaking myself out over the past 24 hours by reading Reece Rushing’s CAP report on dangerous chemicals impairing American fertility. For the fellows, there’s reduced sperm count:


And the ladies aren’t being spared either:


What’s to blame? Well:

The following slides provide an overview of this problem and spotlight three chemical groups—phthalates, Bisphenol A, and polybrominated diphenyl ethers—that are linked to reproductive health consequences, including miscarriages, endometriosis, male genital defects, low sperm count, and others. Phthalates and BPA are found in toys, food containers, cosmetics, and many other consumer products. PBDEs are used as flame retardants in household furniture and electronics. Other chemicals also threaten reproductive health, but these three are among the most prevalent in the daily lives of all Americans and are just starting to receive serious attention from the U.S. Congress and federal regulators.

Nick Kristof wrote about some closely related issues, including intersex fish and frogs with extra legs. Be afraid. The overwhelming urgency of the climate change issue has tended to push other environmental concerns off the table, but dangerous chemicals are still bad.