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Souder, William, 1949-
On a farther shore : the life and legacy of Rachel Carson / William Souder
1st ed
New York : Crown Publishers, c2012
book jacket
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 4th Floor  QH31.C33 S68 2012    AVAILABLE
Subject Carson, Rachel, 1907-1964
Carson, Rachel, 1907-1964. Silent spring
Carson, Rachel, 1907-1964 -- Influence
Subject(s) Marine biologists -- United States -- Biography
Naturalists -- United States -- Biography
Environmentalists -- United States -- Biography
Science writers -- United States -- Biography
Pesticides -- Environmental aspects -- United States -- History
Environmentalism -- United States -- History
Environmental ethics -- United States -- History
Physical Description 496 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 477-486) and index
Contents Miss Carson's Book -- Bright as the Mid-day Sun -- Biologizing -- The English Connection and the Ocean Deep -- This Beautiful and Sublime World -- Author Triumphant -- Dorothy -- The Enduring Sea -- Earth on Fire -- Collateral Damage -- High Tides and Low
Summary Rachel Carson, founder of the modern environmental movement, began work on her seminal book Silent Spring in the late 1950s, when a dizzying array of synthetic pesticides had come into use. Leading this chemical onslaught was the insecticide DDT. Effective against crop pests as well as insects that transmitted human diseases such as typhus and malaria, DDT had at first appeared safe. But as its use expanded, alarming reports surfaced of collateral damage to fish, birds, and other wildlife. Silent Spring was a chilling indictment of DDT and its effects, and it shocked the public and forced the government to take action despite a withering attack on Carson from the chemicals industry. The book awakened the world to the heedless contamination of the environment and eventually led to the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency and to the banning of DDT and a host of related pesticides
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