Demographic Dysphoria Looms As Scientists Discover Sulfur Dioxide Lowers Sperm Count

Back in June, we explained how a demographic dysphoria looms for Central Bankers as doctors discovered sperm counts in western men have plummeted nearly 60% over the last four decades.

In an era of depopulation, Econimica’s Chris Hamiliton noted, the next business cycle recession will be unending and is very likely to run years into decades and perhaps a century or more.

We also expanded on the idea of a declining population already indebted with record debt levels and zero interest rates is a perfect cocktail for disaster.

The global problem identified in one chart provided to us via Cris Hamiliton shows the annual growth of the 0-64yr/old population of the combined OECD nations (most the EU, US, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Japan, S. Korea, Australia / New Zealand) plus China, Brazil, and Russia.

To sum up the chart, all the population growth responsible for economic expansion in the past half century is coming to an end in 2018.

So, there has to be an explanation why developed and emerging market males are experiencing lower sperm counts...

With that in mind, we think-we found- the answer in China, as a new report links sulfur dioxide to lower sperm count.

According to Yuewei Liu, an environmental epidemiologist at Hubei Provincial Center for Disease Control & Prevention, suggests that poor semen quality accounts for 90% of male infertility. Impaired semen clearly interferes with conception, but it is also often an indicator of other health problems. 

Chemical & Engineering News outlines how Liu’s clinical test demonstrates sulfur dioxide exposure to sperm development could impact sperm quality:

So Liu and his team decided to study semen samples collected from 1,759 men in Wuhan, China. They had all visited Tongji Hospital from 2013 to 2015 seeking help to conceive a child with their partners. The researchers measured sperm concentration, total sperm, and total motile sperm in each sample, controlling for factors that might affect semen quality such as age and smoking. Then the scientists drew on government data from nine air quality monitoring stations in Wuhan—a transportation hub and manufacturing powerhouse—to estimate exposure to air pollutants such as sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, and ozone. Liu employed a model that analyzed the location of the monitoring stations in relationship to each man’s home to predict individual daily pollutant exposures. Because human sperm develops over 90 days, the researchers calculated pollution exposures for the 90 days prior to semen collection so they could look at key periods of sperm development.


When Liu and the team used a statistical test to rate semen quality against increasing air pollution, they found no impact from NO2, CO or O3. However, for each 10 µg/m3 increase in SO2exposure during the first stage of sperm development, sperm concentration dropped by 6.5%, total sperm count by 11.3%, and total motile sperm by 13.2%, Liu says. Levels of SO2 during the later stages of sperm development did not appear to impact sperm quality. The annual mean SO2 concentrations in Wuhan during the study period ranged from a high of 33 µg/m3 in 2013 to 18 µg/m3 in 2015. In the U.S., annual mean SO2 concentration was less than 5 µg/m3 in 2013.


“Our results indicate for the first time that SO2 exposure may lower semen quality by affecting the earliest stage of sperm development, 70 to 90 days before ejaculation,” Liu says. He speculates that SO2 could impair sperm by triggering oxidative stress and damage to DNA. “Given the limited evidence from epidemiological and in vivo studies, further studies are needed to confirm the association of NO2, CO and O3 with semen quality,” Liu adds. He recommends caution in generalizing the findings to other populations since the men were all from one city in China.

Bénédicte Jacquemin, an epidemiologist at the health research institute ISGlobal in Barcelona, says “even though the study was limited to one city, this paper adds evidence to the existing literature showing a downward trend in sperm concentration and count with increasing exposure to air pollution”. 

Explained: Sulfur dioxide (SO2) is one of a group of highly reactive gasses known as oxides of sulfur. It is a colorless gas with a pungent and suffocating odor. It is a common air pollutant found in many parts of the world...

Global Sulfur Dioxide Monitoring map provided by NASA outlines many developed and emerging economies are currently experiencing some form of sulfur dioxide release. Here on the east coast of the United States, we are swamped with power plant expulsion of SO2, so you might want to get checked out...

Bottomline: decades of economic progres in developed and emerging markets have had its advantages, but rarely do we hear of the disadvantages in a scientific way, as what we have just learned: sulfur dioxide is a sperm killer. 


TBT or not TBT City_Of_Champyinz Thu, 11/02/2017 - 19:43 Permalink

The cause of demographic disaster is nowhere mainly due to drops in sperm count.  Nowhere.   It's culturual, economic and political factors causing this.   Some little fraction may have to do with male fertility, but more so female fertility...almost exclusively because of aging.   The delay to make children.   In China, the communist Dictatorship decreed and ruthlessly Enforced a demographic plunge     On purpose   

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peddling-fiction TBT or not TBT Thu, 11/02/2017 - 20:11 Permalink

3G/4G/5G and Wifi/Bluetooth should worry you more, if facts were important:… free radicals triggered by low-frequency microwave exposure from cellphones and Wi-Fi networks have been linked to chronic diseases such as cardiac arrhythmias, anxiety, depression, autism, Alzheimer's and infertility

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WillyGroper cheka Fri, 11/03/2017 - 10:15 Permalink

acid rain was/is not hype.Dr. Magda Havass was instrumental in the study.  she's also been exposing the non-ionizing radiation genocide.a pecan farmer in TX had 3K acres wiped out... destroyed by being down wind of a coal fired plant & committed suicide.coal could be used with scrubbers.   read the financials...they no longer pay for disposal.  part of the witches brew chemtrails they've been dumping on us...hence black underbellies of clouds.the most pitiful thing is we could have ZPE if it weren't for the clutches of their greedy talons.  

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Teja virgule Fri, 11/03/2017 - 03:46 Permalink

What I noticed some time ago is that low birthrates correlate well with high car ownership density, both geographically and over time. There might be a connection with SO2, but it is mostly historical, at least for Germany: sperm count is down in many countries is no news. Didn't rise after introduction of Sulphur reduced fuel in the late 80's, though. What I assume is that particle load might be an issue, too. Wasn't mentioned in the article. Lots of particles being created from tires. Rubber being "vulcanized" to make it stable. Guess what is used for vulcanizing... civilisation killing itself in the long term."Apathetic bloody planet. I've no sympathy at all.", to quote a famous poet.

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Demon Slayer J S Bach Fri, 11/03/2017 - 07:05 Permalink

"the earliest stage of sperm development, 70 to 90 days before ejaculation,''Hmmm.....I read a scientific study that concluded decisively that if men jerk off excessively, and they lack the proper nutients to produce more sperm, the body sacrifices the nervous systen by leeching spinal fluid that is close to healthy sperm in quaility, to make many dumbasses out there..makes you wonder if they have lost a significant amount of spina fluid after being taught at a young age that know, a few times a day is natural and healthy!!

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Endgame Napoleon City_Of_Champyinz Thu, 11/02/2017 - 20:26 Permalink

People are out of the workforce due to job quality. Most available jobs pay too little to cover rent and other basic bills. Jobs are often part-time with massive turnover rates.

Two-earner households at the top concentrate the few, decent-paying jobs in fewer households, with moms even taking most of the part-time jobs at low wage levels and leaving work constantly for kids. They can accept rock-bottom wages due to their spousal income.

It lowers wages and hours for people with no unearned income from spouses, ex spouses or government, as do the welfare mommas who work the welfare-reform minimum of 20 hours per week, staying below the income limit for welfare, and getting free rent and groceries, in addition to a child tax credit of between $3,337 and $6,269.

In the era of fake feminism and the showy internet baby parade, moms love to show off their kids in family-centric workplaces, but they would rather do anything other than the chore of raising their own children.

We had a far smaller prison population and a far larger middle class back in the era of one-earner households, when most moms did not work. Wages were higher because the labor pool was smaller. Fewer people were competing for jobs, making labor more valuable.

We had a much smaller population in the era when middle-class prosperity was highest.

Economic growth does not guarantee widespread prosperity, nor does population growth. The most populous countries in the world are the poorest. The world is already overpopulated, and if environmentalists mean what they say, they will not support pay-per-birth welfare and child tax credits. They will not fret over sperm counts. Because, the more humans consume resources, the more the Earth sustains damage.

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Endgame Napoleon City_Of_Champyinz Thu, 11/02/2017 - 20:43 Permalink

Welfare recipients are almost entirely single mommas and immigrants with a sole, male breadwinner, working part time, i.e. the 20 hours required by the Welfare Reform Bill of 1996 that keeps them from exceeding the income limit for welfare. It also keeps wages down for citizens who do not get freebies from government to make up the difference between what basic living expenses cost and low pay. The dual-earner household also does that due to unearned income for mommas, but in a different way.

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cynicalskeptic City_Of_Champyinz Thu, 11/02/2017 - 21:43 Permalink

94 million people out of the workforce.  Cut welfare and voila there are plenty of people who can work, and will have to work in order to eat. Dream on.  Jobs keep disappearing and those that remain don't pay enough to live on.  Walmart workers collecting EBT while the 7 Walton heirs are worth as much as 40% of the entire US population. TPTB are DELIBERATELY destroying the working and middle classes - and reducing the world's population as well.  The long term plan is to reinstate serfdom (in an updated Brave New World) with the masses selectively bred as needed.  Not just SO2 but all the estrogen mimicking chemicals in the environment  - along with deliberate efforts like genetic modification to GMO foods that serve to sterilize people.  People will be UNABLE to breed 'in the wild' soon.

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