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  •  Will there come a time... (2+ / 0-)
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    when the people that live in such polluted environments will actually evolve to adapt to such conditions?  

    The masses that do not have the choice to move to cleaner environs, will their children have mutations that make them more suited to breathe such foul air?

    The populations under these conditions in China are so much more massive that if such mutations occur, they will be passed on.

    Is this what can happen when the elite when the leadership and elite are so completely out of touch with rest uf the people?

    The alternative of course is that Chinese leadership will evolve to fight to mitigate these conditions and clean things up.

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    by Josiah Bartlett on Wed May 08, 2013 at 08:27:21 AM PDT

    •  I'm not a genetic scientist (1+ / 0-)
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      (and I don't play one on tv), but it seems to me that evolutionary mutations would probably involve a high number of failed mutations (read: death and disfigurement) before a survivable mutation occured. So there could be millions of deaths and untold suffering before humans evolved to breath what is currently toxic to us.
      Odds are it wouldn't happen at all and, unchecked, the pollution could bring about our near extinction. And the roaches would win the world.
      Which means that, though the products themselves would be much much smaller, SE Asia could retain ownership of the running shoe industry and production would triple.

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      by Gentle Giant on Wed May 08, 2013 at 10:19:17 AM PDT

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    •  More likely, after the Great Die-Off (0+ / 0-)

      ...much more primitive life forms — namely, archaebacteria that thrive on many substances we consider pollutants — will take the place of human beings (& other aerobic respirators).

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      by Brown Thrasher on Wed May 08, 2013 at 12:32:02 PM PDT

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