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Rachel Carson



Rachel Carson (1907–1964) was an American marine biologist and author best known for her seminal work, Silent Spring which brought about the complex dangers to biodiversity from pesticide use, specifically DDT. It is considered an important starting point in launching a global environmental and conservationist movement and prompted the government to establish the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, along with the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Silent Spring

First published by Houghton Mifflin in 1962, Silent Spring alerted a large audience to the environmental and human dangers of indiscriminate use of pesticides, spurring revolutionary changes in the laws affecting our air, land, and water.

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The Sea Around Us

Originally published in 1951, The Sea Around Us is one of the most influential books ever written about the natural world.

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Malaria and "Silent Spring" | Retro Report

In 1962, Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” highlighted the dangers of widespread use of synthetic pesticides. Decades later, rising malaria rates have led some to question whether the ban on DDT is to blame. .

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FindCenter Quotes ImageThose who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature—the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.

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Under the Sea-Wind

Rachel Carson—pioneering environmentalist and author of Silent Spring—opens our eyes to the wonders of the natural world in her groundbreaking paean to the sea.

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Silent Spring—I

If we are living so intimately with chemicals, we had better know something about their power.

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Prof. Dr. Frank Zelko on "Holism-The World View of Max Weber and Rachel Carson"

Frank Zelko examines the history of holistic thought, particularly ecological holism. He compares the world views of German sociologist Max Weber with the ones of American ecologist Rachel Carson under a holistic approach.

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The Edge of the Sea

"The edge of the sea is a strange and beautiful place." A book to be read for pleasure as well as a practical identification guide, The Edge of the Sea introduces a world of teeming life where the sea meets the land.

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Rachel Carson’s Natural Histories

“The Sea Around Us” and “The Edge of the Sea” might not have the polemical force of “Silent Spring.” They share with it, though, the sense that life on earth is too complicated, and too strange, to be knowable and predictable.

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The Sense of Wonder: A Celebration of Nature for Parents and Children

First published a half-century ago, Rachel Carson's award-winning The Sense of Wonder remains the classic guide to introducing children to the marvels of nature.

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