04 Sep '12, 1pm

Rachel Carson's legacy, 50 years on

Rachel Carson's legacy, 50 years on

Fifty years ago this month, a marine biologist published a book about birds and pesticides, an unlikely pairing with an unlikely result. Rachel Carson’s book, Silent Spring , brought worldwide attention to the chemical industry’s impacts on nature and ecosystems. By all accounts, it launched the modern environmental movement — along with a half-century of controversy, and counting. Silent Spring wasn’t Carson’s first book; years earlier, she had written two others, about oceans. As early as the 1940s, she became concerned about the impacts of pesticides, and in the 1950s focused on a U.S. government program to eradicate fire ants using aerial spraying of an organochlorine insecticide best known by its shorthand: DDT. The insecticide already had been used with great success during World War II to control malaria and typhus among civilians and troops. That concern led her to...

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