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Silent Spring Free read ☆ 0 ☆ Rachel Carson's 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 This Penguin Modern Classics edition includes an introduction by Lord Shackleton a preface by World Wildlife Fund foWas published in 1962 Carson's articles on natural history appeared in the Atlantic Monthly the New Yorker Reader's Digest and Holiday An ardent ecologist and preservationist Carson warned against the dumping of atomic waste at sea and predicted global warmingIf you enjoyed Silent Spring you might like John Christopher's The Death of Grass also available in Penguin Modern Classics'Carson's books brought ecology into popular consciousness'Daily Telegraph'Very few books change the course of history Those that do include Silent Spring'Linda Lear author of Rachel Carson Witness for Natur. 5★ Reposted in honour of her 111th birthdayDavid Attenborough said that after Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species Silent Spring was probably the book that changed the scientific world the mostWhy Because marine biologist Rachel Carson explains in no uncertain terms exactly how mankind was changing the natural world for the worse in unimagined ways through pesticide use Agriculture wasn’t concerned with wildlife or waterways just livestock and cropsI remember as a child hearing that DDT was so safe you could sprinkle it on your cornflakes A couple of decades later we were told pretty much the same thing about Roundup a herbicide not a pesticide which has also fallen into serious disrepute recentlyI understand it was the editors who recommended that Carson add an opening chapter She wrote “A Fable for Tomorrow” and what a chapter it is“There was once a town in the heart of America where all life seemed to live in harmony with its surroundings The town lay in the midst of a checkerboard of prosperous farms with fields of grain and hillsides of orchards where in spring white clouds of bloom drifted above the green fields Even in winter the roadsides were places of beauty where countless birds came to feed on the berries and on the seed heads of the dried weeds rising above the snow”Then it all changed Mysteriously things began sickening streams plants animals people The songbirds are gone the fish are gone “A grim spectre has crept upon us almost unnoticed and this imagined tragedy may easily become a stark reality we all shall know”She does say that this is just a representation of any of a number of towns in the world and she knows of no single town that’s lost everything Well back in 1962 anyway“What has already silenced the voices of spring in countless towns in America This book is an attempt to explain”With that simple chapter we get it The enormity of what’s at stakeThus began today’s environmental movement There have always been conservationists and environmentalists but this book gave them a voice and opened the eyes of the rest of usAnd explain she does clearly factually fascinatingly and she includes the anecdotal stories we still seem to need to grab our attention Much of what she describes is now part of the regular school curriculum and there are lots of mainstream articles about soil health microbes worms and the interrelationship between even the smallest parts of natureSome of her examples have a horrible fascination where they describe the unintended conseuences of wiping out one pest intentionally which either kills other things or facilitates the spread of another worse pest In Clear Lake California they were spraying annoying gnats with DDD a close relative of DDT but supposedly less harmful to fish By the third season they sprayed they were losing birds and discovered the build up in fatty tissues How WhyWell grebes eat fish which eat other fish which eat plankton and this stuff keeps building upOne a brown bullhead had the astounding concentration of 2500 parts per million It was a house that jack built seuence in which the large carnivores had eaten the smaller carnivores that had eaten the herbivores that had eaten the plankton that had absorbed the poison from the waterThe last chapter “The Other Road” refers to the famous Robert Frost poem “The Road Not Taken” Carson explains that our two roads are not eual The way we’re going is fast and easy but leads to disaster“The other fork of the road—the one ‘less travelled by’—offers our last our only chance to reach a destination that assures the preservation of our earth The choice after all is ours to make”She holds out hope for biological solutions and says in 1962 many specialists are working on this in their respective fields biology entomolo

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Rachel Carson's 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 This Penguin Modern Classics edition includes an introduction by Lord Shackleton a preface by World Wildlife Fund founder Julian Huxley and an afterword by Carson's biographer Linda LearNow recognized as one of the most influential books of the twentieth century Silent Spring exposed the destruction of wildlife through the widespread use of pesticides Despite condemnation in the pre. This is a classic It has not lost its validity It has an important global message still today 54 years after publication Everyone should read this at least once This reads as a horror story but it is true The scientific studies are numerous clear and to the point The demise of habitats and living creatures are lyrically depicted The author expertly alternates between poetic expression and scientific accuracy Elouent prose That’s the essentialCarson shows through carefully identified and uantified examples the inherent danger of pesticides that they not only do not work and that they have serious side effects She goes one step further and identifies better alternatives biotic controls Here is what I wish I wish another author would follow up her analyses and describe how pesticides and herbicides are used today Further it would be interesting to know whether her suggestions concerning alternative methods have come to fruition The audiobook narration by Kaiulani Lee was superb Perfect speed perfect intonation and performed with a poetic lilt when the lines so demanded Beautifully and masterfully performed

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Silent SpringSs and heavy handed attempts by the chemical industry to ban the book Rachel Carson succeeded in creating a new public awareness of the environment which led to changes in government and inspired the ecological movement It is thanks to this book and the help of many environmentalists that harmful pesticides such as DDT were banned from use in the US and countries around the worldRachel Carson 1907 64 wanted to be a writer for as long as she could remember Her first book Under the Sea Wind appeared in 1941 Silent Spring which alerted the world to the dangers of the misuse of pesticides. I picked this up because it's a a classic of American nature and environmental writing and ostensibly marks the beginning of American environmental activism in the modern sense ie we deserve not to be poisoned than leisure grounds for posterity I found the rhetorical style interesting She breaks the book up into chapters on where toxins come from how they accumulate and spread and what effects they have on wildlife food and human health In each she offloads tale after tale of dead birds poisoned farm workers and nearly inhuman acts of government negligence and the corporations that facilitate them I found this droning repetition of evidence boring a dull and depressing tirade but I suppose that kind of argumentative overload has power if not appealI felt some of her language and opinions were surprisingly dated She often referred to insects using words like horde and militaristic symbols of weaponry and defense Here’s an example from p 246 the broader problem is the fact that our chemical attack is weakening the defenses inherent in the environment itself defenses designed to keep the various species in check Each time we breach these defenses a horde of insects pours through There are a couple odd implications here like nature being a designed clockwork system of checks and balances and insects as a kind of evil constantly trying to overthrow it Of course further down the page she writes The balance of nature is not a status uo; it is fluid ever shifting in a constant state of adjustment The two statements seem at odds and the bulk of the book effuses the latter sentiment but I found it strange that she would occasionally be so careless with her language I pick nits of course but perhaps it demonstrates that this book lies at a transition between American attitudes toward natureI was also intrigued by her almost unconditional support of biological control techniues over pesticides generally the use of cultivated predators to control a pest population readily advocating the importation of effective predators with I think no examples of the kinds of ecological disaster that can ensue when such tactics are pursued without very careful consideration cane toads anyone Again perhaps a sign of the timesAll in all certainly worth my time I'd like to read some analysis on the book and on Carson herself the preface to this editions is great and I'm very keen to read her natural history writing esp on marine life