Toxic Air Might be Mutating Human DNA + 4 Other Horror Climate Stories
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Toxic Air Might be Mutating Human DNA + 4 Other Horror Climate Stories


Welcome to
Extinction Update an environmental
alarm clock today we bring you five
stories of human stupidity fucking up
planet Earth like did you know there’s a wall
of shit covered wet wipes blocking the
London Thames? Or that MDMA
is killing trees? Or that human DNA could
be changing due to
air pollution? Our world is
being ruined by gross mistakes terrifying hubris and crazy people who flush used
condoms into the sea the dooms-day
clock is ticking but don’t freak out there’s still time
to save the world probably. In recent years, the coastal waters
of Barcelona have seen a major degradation with waves of trash
appearing in the sea causing a public health problem. I’m going to meet Ely who is
a paddle surf instructor, an environmentalist and member of
a sea cleaning brigade. This is disgusting. – If this plastic was binned correctly,
it could have been incinerated. So we just bumped into a diver. What’s the worst thing you’ve found? All of the crap from the sewers
comes down on me so there’s plastic, sanitary towels,
condoms. Everything we flush down the toilet. There are health
consequences, right? Especially E. coli
bacteria which can cause gastroenteritis,
ear infections, conjunctivitis, breathing problems and
serious infections. We spent 30 minutes in there
and this is how much rubbish we’ve
been able to collect. It’s really disgusting. You could see it everywhere
and it stank. Stop throwing condoms and sanitary
towels in the toilet. Just don’t. What’s happening is because of an outdated sewage
system in the city of Barcelona, so we end up with garbage from the
drains together with our wastewater. So we’re swimming in shit. Literally. We are swimming in shit, pee, and all the products
we throw down the toilet. Bleach, hydrochloric acid.
Everything we use for cleaning. And they’re products
that are toxic for humans. How does it affect
the environment? Marine fauna is dying. In our part of the Mediterranean,
you can’t even find posidonia, which is Mediterranean seagrass. We don’t have any type of seagrass. What can we do?
Both locals and tourists? What we can do is lead more
sustainable lives. On a global level, politicians and governments
should prohibit single-use plastic. And the EU should prohibit
flushing wastewater into the sea. It has to be an immediate change and for everyone. Globally every year one million seabirds
are killed by the six million tonnes
of trash dumped into
the world’s oceans. by 2050 there could be
more plastic in the ocean
than fish. A lot of people aren’t aware just
how bad the production of party
pingers is for the environment. This is only getting worse with MDMA
consumption going up around Europe and one kilogram of MDMA
producing between six to 10 times that amount into toxic waste. I’m in the Netherlands which is Europe’s biggest ecstasy
and MDMA producer. Here in the southern region of Brabant
drug gangs are dumping toxic waste of illegal drugs
production into the local forest. I’m going on a patrol with
Forest Ranger Erik De Jonge who is at the forefront of fighting
these illegal drug waste dumpings. This road is one of the synthetic drugs
waste dumping hotspots. It causes a lot of damage
to the environment. This watercourse supplies
the city’s canals with water. Synthetic drugs have already
been dumped in it several times. Here they dumped 10 large barrels
containing hundreds of litres each. The bend was full of dead fish. Drugs waste flowed directly
towards where people live. And that’s super dangerous. One of Brabant’s worst ever
dumping of drugs happened here. It was a huge barrel and 1,000 litres
of drugs waste spilled into the soil. In a large area, the soil was dug up,
the trees died and were removed. You can still see it. These trees
have absorbed drugs waste and the leaves curl up
and they’ll die in the summer. The entire tree?
-Yes, certainly. We’re at the second dump site. Those hoses are often found at
ecstasy waste dumping sites. With hoses they transfer substances
from one barrel to another. How often do you receive an alert? I’ve been here for an hour
and you’ve received two alerts. For synthetic drugs waste,
it’s a couple of dozen times a year. Last year, it happened 50 to 60 times
and that’s only in my region. Are there peak times?
-Yes. When there are festivals?
-Exactly. Do you notice that?
-Yes, in the last three or four years during the run-up to the festival season
we see a peak in dumpings. This year, we suddenly had three, four, five
drugs waste dumpings a week. In the last 10 years,
there has been such an increase that it has become the
main part of my job. Ecstasy users are often intelligent,
highly educated young people who take a pill at a festival, but
have no idea what’s behind it. The most important thing
I can do about this problem now is to demonstrate its effects on nature and hope young people think,
“Shit, we don’t want this.” Depressingly drugs aren’t great
for the planet making MDMA produces six to ten times
its weight in toxic waste cocaine farming destroys 3000 km2 of
Colombian rainforest a year and growing 1 kg
of weed indoors makes as much CO2 as driving across
America 11 times Everyone knows that burning coal
is bad. I’m in Krakow, Poland where they’ve
got a deadly addiction to coal. This is causing severe air pollution
and smog to descend over the city. This is so bad that 48,000 Poles
die every year, because of bad air pollution. Since Krakow has some of the worst
air pollution, a study was conducted here
on mothers and newborns revealing that air pollution can even lead to
DNA mutation. 62% of kindergartens
in Poland are in heavily polluted areas and sometimes kids even have
to wear masks to play outside. I’m here to meet Teresa who specifically designed this
day care centre to protect the children from
air pollution. How did this preschool
come about? I have children myself. I thought, “How is it possible
that as a mother I find myself in one of the most
polluted places on Earth with my children” and,
“Is this all I can offer them?” I thought it would be worth
thinking about how to change it, that there must be a way. Over the years I’ve observed children increasingly getting ill. Various allergies and
respiratory issues. These are the main and
often constant problems. How do you teach children
about air and climate? When they ask questions,
they get answers. Why aren’t we going out?
Why do we need to put a mask on? Which we encourage kids to wear. The air is so dangerous here they had to build an
entire ecosystem for kids to play safely. We are able to remove 97%
of all pollution using this machine so the air coming in via
this system is clean. It’s free from pollution, from germs,
fungus, mould and other bacteria. We also have a smog sensor When they walk past it
they look up and check if it’s a good day
for a walk or not. How many children
do you have here daily? Every day we have around 40 kids Quite a big group of people has
a chance to avoid the destructive influence
of the polluted air. Presumably you
have lungs so you should be
concerned that 90% of the world’s
population live where air pollution
exceeds safe limits 4.2 million people
die from it each year. Smells like poo. I’m in Hammersmith, London standing on a massive
fatberg of wet wipes. It’s over 170,000 wet wipes in total and they’re not going to dissolve in
our lifetime. So how do all of these wet wipes end
up here? Millions of wet wipes end up in our
rivers every year, because they’re flushed down
people’s toilets. They basically clog up
the sewage system and when the sewage system can’t cope it discharges that excess load into the local river. So the rivers are ending up coping
with all this crap. On this small site, in
just a few hours we collected
23,000 wet wipes. And we know that it’s grown in
height by about a metre in a year. You see lots of bird prints and you
see lots of birds nesting in this area which is composed partly
of plastic. And that worries me. It’s actually quite sturdy. You could probably whack somebody
with that. Oh, it could have been on someone’s
bum. The estimated time for a wet wipe
to break down is 100 years. They break down into tiny particles
which are known as micro plastic. Our water supply in this country
largely comes from our rivers. And so we will then be ingesting
that plastic. Why do the makeup wipes say
biodegradable and flushable on the back? There’s no real regulation of wet
wipe packaging in this country. It’s like a Wild West of wet wipes. They can really say what they like. The government should ban
inaccurate labelling. We all need to move towards kind of
reusables. We all need to bin, don’t flush. And there’s also a hashtag, #3Ps. #3Ps means pee, paper, and poo. That’s all that goes down the loo. They stretch out so much and you can
see how strong… Oh god, I just flicked it in my face. This is a ridiculous problem. 400% more wet wipes have been found on
UK beaches this past decade 11 billion wet wipes are flushed down the toilet globally every year why? Stuck. Oh. Oh fuck. Use a flannel. I’m in Portugal, the most ravaged
country in Europe by forest fires. This is the area of Mação, where these kinds of fires have been
happening every single year. This year of course was no exception. Everything is burnt and still people have to live here. We’re going to meet Maria Do Carmo that lost her house in the fire. You can see how the house used to be. Do you remember the day of the fire? -The fire was coming from there.
-There? The noise really scared me. I’m 91, but I had never seen
anything like it. It was horrible. Very bad. When the fire happened,
didn’t the firefighters come? No, they never came. They should come when
we need them, right? Yes. Ah, yes. We’re going to inspect the area with
António Louro, a forest engineer that will tell us about the full
environmental impact of these fires in the region. – About 50 villages were hit. It’s a complete disaster
for the local economy, an ecological disaster
for the small animals, the birds, the game, all the wild animals here,
it’s a complete disaster. This looks like a tree cemetery. The first big fires we experienced were around 50 to 60 km2 big. These lands were abandoned, the 2000s unfortunately brought
fires as big as 200 to 400 km2. They have been getting worse
continually and cyclically. Will the fires continue to increase? Yes, even more so with
climate change, longer periods with hotter
temperatures, less moisture, creating ideal conditions
to aggravate forest fires. The ecological impact is enormous, [forest fires] lead to negative
natural selection. Forests take three to four
decades to yield politicians have four-year cycles,
often they aren’t interested in this because the result won’t
be seen in decades. We want this area back to harmony with a more sustainable landscape. As well as Portugal forests in California Siberia Greece and elsewhere are burning even the Amazon the lungs of the earth is on fire the vast majority
of forest fires are caused by humans Get your shit together FFS wild fires make up
5 to 10% of annual global CO2
emissions each year when forests could instead help absorb your human greenhouse
gas emissions. Are you depressed yet? maybe you should be but there are some things
you can do to help unfuck the planet probably the best thing
you can do is become an
environmental maniac who lives in a cave fly but it’s unlikely you will instead fly and consume less recycle eat less meat and put a shit tonne
of pressure on your government and
big businesses to act less like psychopaths maybe join a group a protest a boycott anything also let’s talk about wet wipes why do they exist? there is no need to treat
your arse like it’s the
Queen of England just wipe it with toilet paper like a normal person.

100 thoughts on “Toxic Air Might be Mutating Human DNA + 4 Other Horror Climate Stories

  1. Five stories of human stupidity messing up our planet.

    Find each segment at the below time codes:
    00:36 – Swimming in Shit [BARCELONA, SPAIN]
    03:15 – MDMA Killing Trees [BRABANT, NETHERLANDS]
    06:31 – Human DNA Changing Due to Air Pollution [KRAKOW, POLAND]
    09:05 – Wall of Shit Wet Wipes [LONDON, UK]
    11:19 – Forests on Fire [MACAO, PORTUGAL]

    Watch more VICE docs on climate change and environmental impact: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCVQdr9QFwY&list=PLDbSvEZka6GEIy8PES4UWtX7JwuYHKdJZ

  2. So many convoluted and misleading facts in this documentary. MDMA and marijuana production are the least of our worries tbh. The global fossil fuel industry, meat production, chemical companies contribute most greenhouse gases. It's like some scatterbrained intern picked 4 talking points at random and made a "documentary" about it.

  3. 1 thing i dont undertsand cause i dont do it is. how the fuck can 1 kg indoor grown weed produce co2 that high cause of the electricity and heating cost of the rooms?

  4. When poop water flicked on the Journalist's face. I BET YOU SHE GRABBED SOME WET-WIPES to wipe herself… and guess where that went to???

  5. Can you tell Vice is run by elites? All the pollution in this video was minor things caused by the everyday person. Some would be cured by ending prohibition. Yet not one mention of large industry, the largest polluters by a huge magnitude. Disgusting.

  6. Feel so bad for animals, we have chance to get away or at least prevent ourself by the means of wearing masks, not going outside, purifying air and water. But, for animal outdoor places are where they live though they alert each other noxious environmental condition, the thing is whole area has been totally contaminated, wherever they go they are in danger. Imagine your room full of chemical stinks and unvisibly small particle of plastic inside whatever you eat. I don't wanna swim with floating dead body of birds and fish

  7. I’m not giving up my wet wipes dammit!!! If u wipe ur ass with toilet paper ur dirty af. And ur ass probably stinks rn. U arnt supposed to flush them down the toilet!!!!! Y’all can’t follow directions!!!

  8. If everyone would just shit & piss in the garden we wouldnt have this problem.
    VICE needs to do a story on Mike Reynolds (earthships).

  9. I was born in the 1960's when we rarely used Plastic Containers for anything, sodas and milk were in glass containers; no such thing as baby wipes; grocery bags were paper; most food was packaged in paper or waxed paper; we dried the cloths on a line; we planted and grew vegetables on our own land or locally meaning no need for South American imports; we had an extremely healthy clothing production industry down south and nope, blue jeans did not cost $100 like economists insist they would be is made in America today; even our condoms were bio-degradable made from lamp skin; diapers have been cloth since the stone ages, yet you new moms insist on polluting the world with plastic baby diapers; we grew crops without Roundup or GMO's; we lived and worked nearby vs. commuting = 4x more gas and carbon. Farmers often used windmills, dams, and would have used solar if available back then. I guess may point is that the answer to Global Warming and pollution is simply to go back to doing many, not all things like we did 40yrs ago, it work fine then and will today.

  10. Heavy metals in the air is the result of this problem, chemtrails are very real but most of you wont research into this beyond what your told right here. Vice tells small theorys on a bigger scale, it's very disturbing…do your research

  11. Omg, the wet wipe / shit island. Literally the most disgusting thing I've ever seen. Like, my face was forming into expressions I've never made before…it was out of control.

  12. "growing 1 KG of cannabis produces as much co2 as driving accross america 11 times" i seriously doubt that since plants use c02 and produce fucking oxygen. what are your sources? who is giving you these lies?????

  13. To get the point of view from a 17 year old. Currently many teenagers at school are worried about climate change. We just feel so unsure about the future like this problem will be passed on to us and we are the ones who will try to fix it all but it will be too late, because people could've have tried to help fix this years ago. I guess it's human nature to ignore issues.
    We have dreams, careers, and goals that we want to achieve but It's alarming that the future of the environment which affects everything is uncertain. Climate change effects every, from the riches to poorest person on the planet. The oldest as well to the youngest.

  14. I don’t know about you but I like to save all my used condoms then when I’m next round the neighbors I’ll flush them down their toilet and block their toilet with used condoms

  15. I think we should stop have kids that way we can solve the wet wipe problem……like 4 reall do u really want to bring a child into this fucked up world……ur being selfish if u do

  16. Not taking care of your sewer its obviously a retarded move, but get your FACTs straight CO2 is Not pollution, is an odorless, colorless Gas, the 4th most abundant element in the universe, oh yea & is Plant food. Traces gases CAN'T "trap" heat in a Cold Open convective atmosphere without violating the 1st & 2nd Law of Thermodynamics. And at 0.04% of our atmosphere composition to which Humans contribute 10% of that, a whopping 0.004% We have bigger issues to worry about. Back in 1987 from the Vostok Antartica ICE core we learned that CO2 fallows temperature Not the other way around . Termites emit 10x more CO2 than Humans, what are u Geniuses suggest we do about that?? WTF Vice u guys are supposed to be the investigating alternative media group, now just feeding the same propaganda as the mainstream. You guys truly want to contribute to the #1 environmental threat to the planet do an investigating report on the Grand Solar Minimun the Sun is now descending into the next couple of decades, & we have already started to experience the disruption .

  17. growing !kg of weed indoors makes as much co2 as driving across America 11 times, this does not make sense to me because plants produce oxygen, what is making the co2?

  18. Welp I live in a valley and where always cleaning are town and rivers. Because we’re trying soo hard to keep it clean.

  19. Lol forest fires from global warming and yet the fire brigade didn't stop it…..well live in Greece and here the majority of the forest fires are found to be by arsonists. ……. so Portugal start thinking fires in a cycle and no intervention…..mmmmmm who wants the land

  20. The MOST shocking thing about this video is the fact that, really, it is NOT shocking AT ALL…

    If anyone who has watched this is surprised, they have had their heads in the sand for the entire 21st century… And these examples, in the worldwide scale, are utterly negligible. Who gives a shi t about dumping drug residue, or a few hundred tons of shi t in the water? The scale of the problem of climate change and other pollution is many orders of magnitudes more serious than anything in this video. Seriously.

  21. I don't understand why any of this surprising… Especially the first story about Spain. No offense, but it is Spain…

  22. Give me a freaking break. One pot plant produces the same amount of CO2 as driving across the US 11 times my arse. Your over embellishment is bullshit.

  23. Those masks are not doing what you think they're doing 😂

    Those kids need actual respirators for any kind of effectiveness.

  24. So is this scare tactics or are they really just that uneducated???

    A major Earth event will happen and extinct humans waaayyyy before humans kill the Earth (unless Nuclear War happens)… reality is, humans will need to learn to live in space or figure out light-speed travel and find another Earth like planet to inhabit if we don’t want to eventually become extinct. There’s the option of figuring out how to live on a planet in the Milky Way, but the Sun will eventually ruin that too!

    So… at the end of the day… worrying about the environment slowly deteriorating is POINTLESS!! And global warming? 🤣🤣 don’t people realize this has happened many times? It’s how an “Ice Age” happens! We are in a “Greenhouse” phase now, but the Earth WILL UNDOUBTEDLY eventually go into another Ice Age, so worrying about ice melting and sea levels rising is hilarious 🤣🤣🤣.

  25. Eh the problem isnt drug creation, its the fact that it cant be a legal regulated business under our current laws, just legalize drugs and oversee production ez

  26. This is chemical warfare. Stupidity and greed is destroying the planet. Eventually there won't be a world to live on. Instead of trying to colonize Mars we need to take care of what we already have and protect Earth before she wipes us out entirely like the virus we are.

  27. MDMA Killing Trees???? are you people that retarded instead of saying the war on drugs is making toxic garbage you accuse mdma?

  28. This is like me yelling to neighbor that my house is flooding. When I can just shut up and fix it. I'm best suited to fix my own leak.

  29. There isn't a solution to energy that's worth doing, this is why nothing has been done yet, until we have the technology worthy of switching to. We could go fully nuclear energy but that has its own problems such as meltdowns and waste. Solar energy isn't powerful enough to sustain large amounts of people unless you level thousands of miles of forest for panels that just takes up space. Wind energy only works when the wind blows and kills thousands of birds a year. I find it funny when people say go green and drive a electric car, when in reality it's actually worse for the environment than a normal gas powered car since the batteries for those cars is from precious metals by fracking which is hard to extract and when you recharge those batteries where does that energy come from? From a power plant which pollutes at the same rate as a gas engine. Those batteries are really bad for the environment when they die and can't be disposed of. So your just trading 1 way of polluting for another but you feel better about it since the power plants polluting and not you. Do some research on how bad electric cars really are for the environment. Do the only real thing you can do, plant some trees and clean up after yourself the right way.

  30. If the earth goes to s***, I won't miss humans much. Doggies, lizzards, trees, flowers, colibries, turtles, beaches, mountains I will. I will miss kind, tender women a bit, mostly humble thirdworldlers. And most children. But then again I get out to the streets, meet arrogant plutocrats, racists, watch Trump videos, hear sexists, machos and think, it's time, we've got to go. We abused of our host.

  31. Im from South Netherlands ✌️ this is the Capital of xtc and mdma and i use IT 2 Times a year on a party ore so. But those mf's dump the trash in nature and where childeren play to. They Just leave a van full toxic middle of street where people live its crazy

  32. WHAT ABOUT GERMANS WHO ARE BASICALLY SMUGGLING THEIR WASTE TO POLAND AND BURN IT ILLEGALLY ? ANYONE INTERESTED IN TO SEE DOCUMENTARY ? VICE ?

  33. Y else u think they got chem trails my friend told me I just like this man here a jive turkey nope he was on to something

  34. theyre deliberately burning the forests , i believe so we cant hide in the forest , theyre also burning people out of homes. its part of AGENDA 21 by the newworldorder=order out of caos

  35. Question…….sooo does the weed that naturally grow on this planet count as one of the drugs producing CO2 waste and then need to be cut off? 🤨

  36. Most of these places are foreign countries… But what are politicians doing about it? Nada, they talk about it alot and say it's their opponents fault that your world is screwed up.

  37. Mutating human DNA I'm sure the elite want that satan wants that been done before to try and stop Jesus birth in the bible for who ever believes in Jesus

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