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Silent Spring [Paperback]

Rachel Carson
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Silent Spring Sept. 1 2002
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Format:Library Binding
Rachel Carson's Silent Spring is an excellent book. Although Carson published the book over 30 years ago, its message about the dangers of pesticides and man's attempts to control nature are true today. Clearly an environmentalist, Carson presents a balanced picture of how pesticides contaminate our water, atmosphere, and food. For example, she examines how DDT used to control worms, ants, and grubs ultimately kills birds and other mammals and enters our streams and lakes from runoff and kills fish. She examines the history of Clear Lake, California, where scientists used a pesticide to destroy a small gnat that annoyed fishermen. The pesticide was later found in birds, fish and larger predators. Scientists discovered that initial small doses of the insecticide increases as it is consumed along the food chain and that as waters are contaminated with pesticides, there is a danger that cancer-producing substances are being introduced, too.
While Carson accepts some limited pesticide use, she fully supports biological solutions which she feels can be used to control unwanted insect and plant populations without compromising our health. For example, she points out that in California, scientists brought in two species of beetle to control the unwanted Klamath weed. She uses our fight against the Japanese beetle as another support for biological solutions to unwanted insects. In the East, scientists used an imported parasitic wasp and the milky spore disease to wipe out the Japanese beetle. In Michigan and Illinois, scientists dusted with aldrin and dieldrin to control the beetle. The pesticides only endangered birds, rabbits, muskrats, fish and people and did not solve the Japanese beetle problem.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Even more relevant after all these years April 5 2014
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Read this as a teenager in the 60's and started me on my long take- care -of -the -environment path. An excellent book for everyone to have in their library and to READ at least once a year. Ms, Carson came under a lot of fire for this book way back when and too late now to say " wish that I'd listened" I live on Canada's west coast and my back garden has had one of the most Silent Springs ever. Go outside your own back door one morning and listen for a few moments. What don't you hear?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Environmental classic Aug. 6 2013
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Very hard to believe this was written 50 years ago. Good chemistry lesson. Although some of the chemicals she describes are now banned (thanks in part to what Rachel started) some are not, and describing the ones that are banned demonstrate what has been allowed and may still persist in the environment years later.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A revolution being started... Nov. 26 2001
Format:Library Binding
Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring" is just defined in one word: Revolutionary.
The author take us beyond our trashy city-park, beyond our polluted city, she takes us to explore the world being attacked by the human kind.
"Silent Spring" was published a couple of decades ago, but we can see that what this book said was true and what Rachel Carson predicted is yet becoming our reality.
The book is very interesting and we may appreciate that the author made a huge research in this topic, basically DDT spraying and treatment.
The book emphasizes on the problems pesticides cause, not only to humans but to nature itself. The author tries to change people thoughts, and make us aware of the danger this chemicals being poured into our fields represent.
The book also gives alternatives to common pesticides and investigates each case of alternatives that is, or was, used.
As we know, Rachel Carson wrote this book long ago, making it now old, or out of date, but as you read it you realize that "Silent Spring" is clearly showing our modern date ecological problems.
So, with all this, I think Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring" is a magnificent book, a bit polluted in the way is written, but a magnificent work.
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