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Sperm Count Drop Proliferates Worldwide Threatening The Future of Mankind, Study Reveals

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Latest research has revealed that sperm counts worldwide have halved over the past five decades, and the pace of the decline has more than doubled since the turn of the century.

The international team behind it says the data is alarming and points to a fertility crisis threatening the survival of humanity.

Their meta-analysis looked at 223 studies based on sperm samples from over 57,000 men across 53 countries.

It shows for the first time that men in Africa, Asia and Latin America share a similar decline in total sperm counts and concentration as previously observed in Europe, North America, and Australia.

The authors warn that the mean sperm count has now dropped dangerously close to the threshold that makes conception more difficult, meaning couples around the world may encounter problems having a baby without medical assistance.

The findings, published on Tuesday November 15, 2022 in the journal Human Reproduction Update, serve as “a canary in a coal mine,” said Professor Hagai Levine, the study’s lead author from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Hadassah Braun School of Public Health.

“We have a serious problem on our hands that, if not mitigated, could threaten mankind’s survival,” he said in a statement.

A 50% drop in sperm counts

As part of a team also featuring Professor Shanna Swan at the Icahn School of Medicine in New York, along with researchers in Denmark, Brazil, Spain, Israel, and the USA, Levine studied sperm count trends in regions that had not been reviewed previously.

That same team had already reported in 2017 an alarming decline in sperm counts across the Western world.

In this latest study, they found that average sperm counts all around the world had fallen by over 50 per cent over the past five decades.

It looks like a pandemic. It’s everywhere. And some of the causes may stay with us for a very long time ~
Professor Hagai Levine
Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Data from 1973 to 2018 showed sperm counts dropped on average by 1.2 per cent per year. Data from after the year 2000 showed a decline of more than 2.6 per cent per year.

“It’s just unbelievable. I couldn’t believe it myself,” Levine told Euronews Next.

The fact that these findings were confirmed across the rest of the world points to a global crisis that could be compared to climate change, according to Levine.

“As in climate change, the impact could be different in different places, but generally the phenomenon is global and should be treated as such,” he added.

“It looks like a pandemic. It’s everywhere. And some of the causes may stay with us for a very long time”.

Falling chances of conception

The researchers say that while sperm counts are “an imperfect proxy for fertility,” they are closely linked to fertility chances.

They explain that above a threshold of 40–50 million/ml, a higher sperm count does not necessarily imply a higher probability of conception.

On the other hand, below that threshold, the probability of conception drops off rapidly as sperm count declines.

“On a population level, the drop in mean sperm count from 104 to 49 million/ml that we report here implies a substantial increase in the proportion of men with delayed time to conception,” the study’s authors wrote.

While their research did not explore the causes of this drop in sperm counts, the authors say it reflects “a global crisis related to our modern environment and lifestyle,” and they point to the disrupting role of chemicals on our hormonal and reproductive systems.

They add that sperm counts are also an indicator of men’s health, with low levels associated with an increased risk of chronic disease, testicular cancer, and a decreased lifespan.

The tipping point for mankind?

The findings were published on the day the global population passed the 8 billion mark, putting more pressure on the planet’s limited natural resources.

“Philosophically, maybe the decline in sperm count and infertility is somehow the way of the world to balance what’s going on,” Levine told Euronews Next.

“But, you know, that’s just a thought. It’s not a scientific thought”.

He said the findings should be of concern to everyone – regardless of their opinions on how many human beings the planet needs right now.

“Sperm count is a very good measure of global health and of our future. And regardless of the number of people you think we need on Earth, you don’t want it to be determined by hazardous events rather than our own choices,” Levine said.

“I think we have to monitor it very carefully at the global level, at the population level, at the local country level, and also the personal level,” he added, calling on authorities to improve lifestyles and limit human exposure to manmade chemicals through better regulation.

“Sometimes there is a tipping point and the system collapses at once. It means something is happening with our ecological systems, our reproductive systems – and at some point, it’s just too much”.

Via Euronews.next

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Prices of These Commodities Dropped in November

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A report by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) on the state of the consumer economy has revealed that the cost of living slightly eased in November.

KNBS, on Wednesday, November 30 placed the inflation rate at 9.5 per cent, a 0.1 per cent drop from the previous month of October.

Among the factors that contributed to the slight dip was the reduction in the cost of basic commodities. Cooking oil, recorded an average drop of Ksh21.93 per litre.

“During the same period, prices of cooking oil (salad), tomatoes and fortified maize flour dropped by 6.0, 2.2, and 1.0 per cent, respectively.

“The month-to-month Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages Index increased by 0.6,” the statement read in part.

The cost of maize flour dropped by Ksh1.83 per two-kilogram packet while the same unit of tomatoes cost Ksh1.98 less.

Some of the non-food commodities whose prices dropped include the electricity bought on a small scale (Ksh46.48 per 50 kilowatts) and Ksh184.2 for 200 kilowatts.

The cost of fuel super petrol, diesel and kerosene also dropped by Ksh1.10, while a 13-kg cylinder of liquefied petroleum gas retailed by Ksh79 less. Commuters also paid less for their travel, according to the Bureau.

Kenyans coughed up more cash for rent, alcoholic beverages and fresh farm produce during the month under review. The consumer price index (CPI) increased from 127.86 to 128.31.

However, in comparison to the same period in 2021, the rate of inflation leapt by 3.7 points from 5.8 per cent.

“The rise in inflation was largely due to increase in prices of commodities under food and non-alcoholic beverages (15.4 per cent) transport (11.7 per cent) and housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels (6.1 per cent),” KNBS disclosed

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The Martyr? Preacher Jailed For 8,658 Years

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A court has sentenced a televangelist, who surrounded himself with young women he referred to as his “kittens”, to 8,658 years in prison.

The court in Turkey sentenced Adnan Oktar, who has been described as a cult leader, and was convicted of sexual assault and abuse of minors.

Oktar, 66, fronted his own television channel, through which he delivered religious sermons.

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He is a fierce opponent of the theory of evolution, and wrote a widely mocked book on creationism.

He was originally given a jail sentence of 1,075 years but an appeal court ordered a retrial involving 215 defendants.

Ten of them were also given 8,658 years in prison by the court in Istanbul. Many of the other defendants were given shorter terms.

Oktar and hundreds of his followers were arrested in 2018 from his home on a litany of charges, including running a criminal organisation, tax offences, sexual abuse, and counter-terrorism laws.

During his arrest, Oktar told journalists that the allegations made against him were “lies” and “a game by the British deep state”, a topic he had frequently spoken about in the past.

In January 2021 he was convicted of 10 separate charges, including leading a criminal gang, engaging in political and military espionage, sexual abuse of minors, rape, blackmail and causing torment.

He was also charged over alleged links with exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen, who the Turkish government accuses of masterminding a failed military coup in 2016 which killed 251 people and injured more than 2,000.

An upper court overturned that ruling.

Oktar’s views have earned him a degree of notoriety both in Turkey and abroad, having been arrested multiple times before 2018 and having spent time both in prison and a psychiatric unit over the years.

Multiple copies of his widely ridiculed book “the Atlas of Creation” were reportedly shipped unrequested to academics and libraries. In the book he claimed Darwin’s theory of evolution lay at the root of global terrorism.

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