One of the premises of The Handmaid’s Tale, the popular dystopian novel and TV series, is that in an era of era of environmental pollution and radiation most women have become infertile. The ensuing social and political changes brings about a revolution and the installation of a bizarre theocratic government.
A recently published book, Count Down, suggests that the infertility bit, at least, may not be that far-fetched – although the author is more concerned about low sperm counts. Even more dramatically she claims that homo sapiens already fits the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s standard to be considered an endangered species. See today’s lead story.
Worries about low sperm counts
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