Julian Cribb

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He is an author, journalist, editor and science writer. He is principal of Julian Cribb & Associates who provide specialist consultancy in the communication of science, food, health, energy, agriculture and the environment. 

The Age of Women: why the world needs one

If women led the world, it would probably be vastly less toxic, far less prone to climate change, hunger, war and environmental devastation. Far less at risk from its own ‘success’.

I was drawn to this reflection by the research I did for Poisoned Planet[i], in which it became evident that the 150 billion tonnes of chemical substances emitted annually by human activity (our greatest impact of all upon the planet) are almost exclusively the handiwork of men – not women. This is not to say that women don’t benefit from these activities or even, often, approve them. But they rarely drive them – at least with such sanguine (and sanguinary) disregard for present and future generations.

Chemistry is a profession

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Cleansing a poinsoned planet

Humanity currently produces more than 144,000 synthetic chemicals, around a third of which are suspected of links to cancer, mutations and birth defects or are toxic in some way. Global output of these substances is around 30 million tonnes a year, which the UN Environment Program (UNEP) expects to triple by mid-century.

But these industrial chemicals are the tip of the iceberg. Each year we humans also emit more than 250 billion tonnes of topsoil, carbon, minerals and materials, hazardous

Read more: Cleansing a poinsoned planet

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