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RIP Rachel Carson

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JessM Fri 28-Sep-12 07:03:35

It is fifty years since Carson published Silent Spring. One of the most influential books of our lifetime. Not only did it stimulate much greater regulation of DDT and other pesticides but it was a major stimulus to environmental awareness that we now take for granted. Sad that breast cancer deprived the world of her wisdom. And sad of course that although pesticides were regulated, so many environmental issues are so much worse and habitats destroyed or under threat.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rachel_Carson
And on this anniversary evidence emerges that dioxin can cause disease in descendants:
www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/09/120926213939.htm

whenim64 Fri 28-Sep-12 07:22:59

She was an amazing woman. Environmental concerns seem so normal now but she was a pioneer in this work.

absentgrana Fri 28-Sep-12 13:14:43

I vividly remember the impact this book had on me and on many contemporaries when we first encountered it a few years after publication.