By the time you read this, the world will be in danger of a chemical apocalypse.
The world has been under unprecedented pressure to cut its use of the chemical flame retardants (FCDs) known as DDT and the carcinogenic herbicides diazinon and 2,4,5-T.
But now, in a dramatic and unprecedented turn of events, there is a real chance the world could be entering a chemical-driven pandemic.
The latest scientific analysis from the University of Minnesota suggests the world’s chemical supply could be headed towards a “chemical famine” as scientists find that there is far more than meets the eye.
Key points:A new study by the University at Buffalo shows that the world is heading into a chemical famineThe study shows that more than half of the world currently uses a chemical stockpile that is more than twice the amount of the global population”We have never seen a population that was so reliant on chemical supplies.
It’s a new world,” said Dr Mark Richey, one of the researchers.
The study, published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, shows that we are now approaching a critical mass of chemical reserves, with the chemical stocks that have been depleted at a rate of about 40 percent in the past decade.
In fact, by 2040 the world has a stockpile of chemicals which could supply about half of humanity’s chemical needs.
It also found that there are more than 50 billion chemical stockpiles worldwide, with roughly half of these being depleted.
The researchers say this is a problem because it means that the global chemical supplies are becoming increasingly fragmented.
“The more we have, the more the world can’t rely on any single supply source,” Dr Richeys research team’s lead author, Dr James Sorensen, said.
“It’s the kind of thing that’s going to lead to a chemical crisis in the world.”
Dr Sorense said the results showed that chemical reserves were no longer being used as a single supply, but rather as multiple supplies.
“We’re seeing a lot of problems in the chemical supply chain.
We’ve got a lot more chemists than we used to.
We’re going to be having more supply problems in this area,” Dr Sorenesen said.
The team’s study suggests that the number of people who need to be protected against chemical-induced diseases could rise by about a third by the end of the century.
“In terms of the population, we’re seeing about a 60 percent increase in the number who are going to need protection, from the population of the developing world to the population in industrialized countries,” Dr. Sorenten said