Rachel Carson Book Discussion Group 

January 20, 2 - 3:30 p.m.

2400 Valley Parkway, North Olmsted , OH. 44070 


Today’s Rachel Carson

Today’s Rachel Carson is a woman I know, admire and love, Dr. Beverly Paigen. I was reminded of how important Dr. Paigen is when asked to present her with an award from the Maine Environmental Health Strategies Center.

When I began to think about what I would say about Dr. Paigen I realized how groundbreaking her research was back in 1978 at Love Canal. How when she presented her theories and her research findings around the Love Canal chemicals and adverse health problems she was dismissed, ridiculed, and harassed by those who wanted to silence her, just like Rachel Carson.

Beverly demonstrated how the chemicals had likely moved out of the dumpsite the Love Canal and into the homes that surrounded the site. Again she was dismissed. Today, there is a name for this movement of chemicals called vapor intrusion and there is even an EPA approved technology to remove the chemicals from homes called vapor intrusion mitigation technologies.


Read the whole article: http://chej.org/2012/12/today%E2%80%99s-rachel-carson/


The Fracking of Rachel Carson

Silent Spring in an Age of Environmental Crisis

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 · 4 PM - 5 PM

Korenman Lecture, Humanities Forum, Social Sciences Forum

A cancer survivor, Dr. Sandra Steingraber has written extensively on the intersection of the environment and public health. She will discuss what we have learned, and failed to learn, in the 50 years since Rachel Carson’s publication of Silent Spring, and will examine the threat to public health that fracking poses.

Sandra Steingraber’s highly acclaimed book, Living Downstream: An Ecologist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment presents cancer as a human rights issue. Originally published in 1997, it was the first to bring together data on toxic releases with data from U.S. cancer registries and won praise from international media including The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, The Lancet, and The London Times.

Sponsored by the Department of Gender and Women Studies with support from the Department of American Studies, the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, the Dresher Center for the Humanities, Geography and Environmental Systems, Office of the Provost, Social Sciences Forum, and Women in Science and Engineering


Poisoned Dog Injures Veterinarians -  Pets are frequently exposed to toxic chemicals used for lawn care, bug sprays, flea and tick products, and rodenticides.
-- http://beyondpesticides.org/
Pest Prevention By Design Guidelines is a new free resource for designing buildings to be resistant to common pests, such as rats, mice, pigeons and cockroaches. San Francisco’s Integrated Pest Management Program initiated the project after initial pesticide use reductions achieved by the program began to level off.  Program participants suspected poor design was a key barrier to further reductions. 

The resource aims to compile the current body of knowledge about preventing pest problems through building design and construction.  Pest management professionals, architects, engineers, researchers, educators, green building experts, IPM consultants and public agency experts contributed. 

The final product is now posted at:
The project was funded by the US Centers for Disease Control, coordinated by the Center for Environmental Health was contracted to coordinate the project, and the guidelines were reviewed by the International Code Council and a national, cross-sector team of experts.

To join or leave this listserv, visit the School IPM WWW site at http://schoolipm.ifas.ufl.edu/ and follow the instructions under "School IPM Listserv."

Webinar - Hurricane Sandy: Protecting Workers and Volunteers from Mold

Jack Caravanos, DrPH, CIH, Professor at the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Public Health at Hunter College presented information on how to effectively protect yourself when working in a moldy environment. The webinar was held on December 11, 2012 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. EST. For more information, please contact Mitchel Rosen at mrosen@umdnj.edu. This program is sponsored by the Office of Public Health Practice at the UMDNJ-School of Public Health.


PEACE IN NATURE: Aylee Tudek, 16, Shares Her Sense of Wonder, 12/10/12

“If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life, as an unfailing antidote against the boredom and disenchantments of later years, the sterile preoccupation with things artificial, the alienation from the sources of our strength.”
― Rachel Carson, ‘The Sense of Wonder’

The sun was surely burning my back; at least it felt like it. I had on my new bikini top with a halter-top over it. Yesterday had been the hottest day yet this year. The grass was finally a healthy green and the dandelions were blooming. The land had come alive with insects swarming over the grass in a cacophony of inaudible background noise. Fairy-pink apple blossoms filtered down through the branches and slanted into the grass, scenting the air. The heavy humidity amplified the scent of rotting fruit issuing from the chicken coop behind me. The smell coming in pungent waves broken up by the recurring sweet odor of the apple blossoms.
Everything was such a bright shade in the sun. Being used to the gray monotony of school and the inside of cars caused nature to appear unnatural. It was a horrifying realization.
I looked more intently at my surroundings. In front of me were the beehives, two of them, a creamy yellow color. Bees spilled out of the open slat in the front, crawling over each other in a gentle frenzy. They whizzed past my head like little torpedoes, missing me each time. The ones coming back from the fields were laden with pollen, appearing to have yellow saddlebags on their back legs.

Read the complete essay at LINK

Aylee Tudek is a 16-year old student at Mt. Abraham Union High School in Bristol, VT. She writes: “Inspired by ‘Last Child in the Woods’ and participating in a composition writing class, I wrote this piece depicting watching the bee hives on my farm." She was "moved to share it with those who may not yet have had the chance to find peace in nature.” 


How did 'Silent Spring' shape America? | Minnesota Public Radio ... December 10, 2012

Historians have said that the beginning of the American environmental movement can be traced back to the date, 50 years ago, when Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring" was published. The work shocked the public, led to the passage of the Clean Water Act and the founding of the Environmental Protection Agency. 

William Souder, author of "On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson," will join The Daily Circuit Monday, Dec. 10 to talk about Carson's landmark book. 

"I think the message of 'Silent Spring' does still resonate," he said on The Diane Rehm Show earlier this year. "I think people are more sensitive now to the idea that we can contaminate the environment with chemicals. When Carson wrote 'Silent Spring' this was really not an idea that had occurred to people before. And that was one of the reasons that she drew such an explicit link between chemical contamination and the contamination that was then happening from nuclear testing around the world." 

Linda Lear, author of "Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature," will also join the discussion. 

This is the fourth and final look at one of the 88 titles on the Library of Congress' list of books that shaped America. We picked "Silent Spring" after listener requests. 

How 'Silent Spring' ignited the environmental movement (New York Times)
Rachel Carson's lessons, 50 years after "Silent Spring" (New York Times)
Video: The legacy of "Silent Spring" (CBS News)



OMG I HEART Rachel Carson: Social Media and Environmental Info
Air date: Week of 12/08/2012

What would Rachel Carson tweet? Take shelter from Saturday's rain at the Rachel Carson Homestead in Springdale. The Allegheny Front's Jennifer Szweda Jordan is leading a salon-style discussion on social media and the environmental hero to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Silent Spring. The Homestead will be open from noon to 5. Salon conversations begin at 3. Event is free. Contact jennifer@alleghenyfront.org for more information.

On http://alleghenyfront.org/index.html


Toxic Chemicals Found in Household Dust

Until now, having a little dust in the house was a harmless cue to clean.  But recent studies show that dust may be more ominous — it can contain toxic chemicals that may have a negative impact on your health.  

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A Tribute to Silent Spring: 
Who are You to Question?  
Kristi Marsh, Choose Wiser


Seacoast towns paying tribute to Rachel Carson

Area groups taking year-long look at legacy of 'Silent Spring'
YORK, Maine — A consortium of York and regional environmental groups have banded together to offer a yearlong look at the legacy of scientist and environmental activist Rachel Carson, on the 50th anniversary of her book "Silent Spring."

This Thursday evening, a live video conference will be offered at the York Public Library of a panel discussion being held at the Portland Public Library. Scientists and researchers from throughout the state will explore the impacts and implications of "Silent Spring."

Published in 1962, "Silent Spring" documented the detrimental effects of pesticides on the environment, particularly birds. It has long been credited with launching the modern environmental movement.

Carson lived in Maine during part of her life, and the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1966 along the coast between Kittery and Cape Elizabeth.

The recent local focus on Carson began with York Reads, a York group headed by York Public Library Director Robert Waldman, which picks a book each year for the community to read.

Waldman said when they were discussing what book to chose for the 2012-13 year, which begins in the fall, someone mentioned "Silent Spring."

"I said it seems to me if we're going to do that, we have to get the community involved," said Waldman. "Each person got in touch with someone else and before you knew it, we had quite a significant group."

The group now includes the Center for Wildlife, Cornerstones for Science, the Mount Agamenticus Conservation Program, the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, RiverRun Bookstore, White Pines Program, York Adult Education, York School Department, York Art Association, Greater York Chamber of Commerce, York Energy Efficiency Committee, York Land Trust, the York Rivers Association, and Gateway to Maine: Outside.

Read More: http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20121204-NEWS-212040379

Upcoming events

• Dec. 6: Video conference at York Public Library about "Silent Spring." 7-9 p.m., "Silent Spring: 50 Years Later." The panelists will discuss the legacy of the book from scientific, historical and literary approaches. Included will be marine biologists, scientists and oceanographers.

• Dec. 11: Center for Wildlife: "Celebrating Rachel Carson: Exploring unseen connections between wilflife and human health." 6-7:30 p.m.

• Jan 18: Film "Living Downstream," York Public Library

• Feb. 15: Film "The Story of Stuff," York Public Library

• March 8: Film "Mother, Caring for 7 Billion," York Public Library

NACCHO's Environmental Health in All Policies (HiAP) Toolkit

NACCHO's Environmental HiAP Toolkit includes resources that have been developed and used to help local decision-makers raise awareness of health in all policies and environmental health policy.

NACCHO has also developed a YouTube video, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trzpsE4LEnY&feature=youtu.be , that gives a brief overview of HiAP and provides an introduction on how to use the toolkit.


Hormonally Active Pollutants
What Are They, What Can They Do, and How Do We Know They're Out There?  Joan Ruderman, Senior advisor to the Science Program, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and president and director, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole.
Tuesday, Dec 11, 2012 5:00 pm  
Fay House, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

In this week's Huffington, five HuffPost reporters give a detailed and unsparing account of the man-made factors behind Hurricane Sandy's damage. John Rudolf, Ben Hallman, Chris Kirkham, Saki Knafo and Matt Sledge not only tell the story of the storm, but paint a damning picture of the shortcuts, expedient decision-making and lack of preparation that allowed it to inflict such suffering and devastation. "In the end," they write, "a pell-mell, decades-long rush to throw up housing and businesses along fragile and vulnerable coastlines trumped commonsense concerns about the wisdom of placing hundreds of thousands of closely huddled people in the path of potential cataclysms."


This year marks the 50 year anniversary for Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring. The eponymous book that warned of the dangers of pesticides, a book many say prompted the environmental movement, led to the banning of the pesticide DDT a decade later.

What many people don’t realise is that today, 50 years after Silent Spring was published, we are exposed to more toxic chemicals than ever before, an estimated 8,000-12,000 chemicals continue to be introduced annually, with no requirement that human toxicity or exposure data be provided before the chemical is used.

“Like the constant dripping of water that in turn wears away the hardest stone,” she wrote in her 1962 book, “this birth-to-death contact with dangerous chemicals may in the end prove disastrous.”

Read article: http://www.poisonedpets.com/cats-and-dogs-sentinels-in-the-silent-spring/


Maine Voices: Maine needs leaders in Washington to support the Safe Chemicals Act

An outdated federal law should be modernized for the safety of people here and all over the nation. By LISA POHLMANN 

AUGUSTA - Rachel Carson's book "Silent Spring," published 50 years ago in 1962, was the spark that ignited America's environmental movement.

Carson had spent the previous two decades on Southport Island in Maine, researching and writing along the rugged shores she loved.

Her resounding message in "Silent Spring" was that the land, water and all living creatures were in danger from the widespread application of toxic pesticides.

Read more http://www.pressherald.com/opinion/maine-needs-leaders-in-washington-to-support-the-safe-chemicals-act_2012-11-30.html



Chris Hedges: Stand Still for the Apocalypse  A new report commissioned by the World Bank paints a picture of a world convulsed by rising temperatures. We're doomed if we do nothing about climate change, says Chris Hedges. The report calls on the leaders of the industrial world to immediately institute radical steps.

The 84-page document,“Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4°C Warmer World Must Be Avoided,” was written for the World Bank by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Climate Analytics and published last week.

AAP Makes Recommendations to Reduce Children's Exposure to Pesticides 11/26/2012

Children encounter pesticides every day and are uniquely vulnerable to their toxicity. A new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) outlines the harmful effects of pesticides on children and makes recommendations on how to reduce exposure. The policy statement, “Pesticide Exposure in Children,” and an accompanying technical report are published in the December 2012 issue of Pediatrics (released online Nov. 26). Prenatal and early childhood exposure to pesticides is associated with pediatric cancers, decreased cognitive function and behavioral problems. According to the AAP, recognizing and reducing children’s exposure to pesticides will require improved medical training, public health tracking, and regulatory approaches. The AAP recommends pediatricians become familiar with the effects of acute and chronic exposures to pesticides; learn what resources are available for both treatment of acute poisoning and addressing lower dose chronic exposures in children; and understand pesticide labeling. Pediatricians should ask parents about pesticide use around the home and yard, offer guidance about safe storage, and recommend parents choose lowest-harm approaches when considering pest control. Pediatricians should also work with schools and government agencies to advocate for the least toxic methods of pest control, and to inform communities when pesticides are being used in the area. The policy statement also makes a number of recommendations for government, including specific recommendations related to marketing, labeling, use and safety of pesticides to minimize children’s exposure.

The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 60,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. For more information, visit www.aap.org.


Another Need in the Aftermath of Sandy: Toxic Soup Testing

In Hurricane Sandy's aftermath, government agencies have acted quickly to save lives and restore power and other basic essentials for those impacted by the storm. As recovery continues, federal and state agencies will be addressing another growing problem: the noxious materials such as oil, toxic chemicals, and raw sewage that the storm has released into waterways. The health of residents and first responders will depend on knowing what's around them so they can take proper precautions and mitigate risks.


Nuclear Regulators Tout Geoscience Careers Online

American Geosciences Institute - October 2012

Young people often don’t realize where Earth science careers might take them. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) employs more than 120 staff members who hold Earth science degrees or work in geoscience-related jobs - and the agency wants students to know about these exciting career opportunities.

In keeping with the Earth Science Week 2012 theme of “Discovering Careers in the Earth Sciences,” the NRC is developing a series of brief videos on geoscience careers for the NRC YouTube channel, “NRC Q&A Series: Three Minutes With NRC” (

The first video in the series, posted earlier this month, is “Three Minutes With an NRC Meteorologist” (
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tb2naxFcnVQ&feature=plcp). The second video, posted this week, is “Three Minutes With an NRC Hydrologist” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGyzn2DQo00&list=SPEA958CAD9D2C854B&index=6&feature=plpp_video). Upcoming videos are tentatively planned to cover structural and field geologists, seismologists and geophysicists, geotechnical engineers, geochemists, hydrogeologists, and other geoscientists.

In addition, the new NRC blog emphasizes the major disciplines of Earth science that are used in overseeing nuclear power - geology, geochemistry, geophysics, seismology, hydrology, engineering geology, marine science, atmospheric science, environmental science, and soil science. To learn more, view the NRC blog (
http://public-blog.nrc-gateway.gov/2012/10/16/nrc-earth-scientists-celebrate-earth-science-week-oct-14-20/) and watch the NRC chairman’s video about her experiences as an Earth scientist (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7-iLTQBidU&list=UU9FZGPhjQXkmcDbFgoomsDw&index=1&feature=plcp).

The American Geosciences Institute is a nonprofit federation of 50 geoscientific and professional associations that represents more than 250,000 geologists, geophysicists and other earth scientists. Founded in 1948, AGI provides information services to geoscientists, serves as a voice of shared interests in the profession, plays a major role in strengthening geoscience education, and strives to increase public awareness of the vital role the geosciences play in society’s use of resources, resiliency to natural hazards, and interaction with the environment. For contact information, please visit http://www.earthsciweek.org/contactus/index.html.

What is Rachel Carson's Legacy? 6 Women Leaders Speak Out On The Message That Still Holds True Today



The BirdNote Story BirdNote.org

BirdNote is the product and vision of a passionate group of individuals dedicated to birds and the environment. This collaboration blends art, science, hard work, and dedication to bring each story to life. 

2013 Birds of BirdNote Calendar Is Here!

The popular Birds of BirdNote calendar is back, featuring the photography of Gerrit Vyn, a conservation photographer at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. See a special preview and order your own copy online. read more »

History – How it all began

BirdNote began in 2004 as a project under the auspices of Seattle Audubon. To bring BirdNote to life, Chris Peterson, Executive Director of Seattle Audubon, gathered a team. Writers began to craft compelling stories about the intriguing ways of birds, ornithological advisors ensured scientific accuracy, and dedicated staff, volunteers, and contractors helped form the final professional product. 

Advisors from Western Washington NPR affiliate KPLU 88.5FM, along with Seattle-area benefactors, helped make the idea a reality and brought BirdNote to the airwaves in February 2005.

Expansion – Spreading our wings, and our reach

With its success in the Puget Sound region, BirdNote explored the possibility of expanding throughout the western flyway and beyond. In 2006, Seattle Audubon made the decision to fledge BirdNote as a separate organization, free to pursue a focused creative effort. That nonprofit is known as Tune In to Nature.org. On its seventh anniversary in February, 2012, BirdNote had expanded to nearly 200 public radio stations across the country.

BirdNote.org – The website

BirdNote.org, companion to the radio series, offers resources to dig deeper into the world of birds, birding, and conservation. We encourage you to learn more, share what you know, and what you’ve seen. Get in touch!

(Special thanks to the Lufkin Family Foundation and the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, for the 2012 upgrade to the site!)


After 50 Years Silent Spring is More Relevant than Ever

Carl Zichella’s Blog

Posted October 11, 2012 in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming, The Media and the Environmen
The human race is challenged more than ever before to demonstrate our mastery, not over nature but of ourselves. -- Rachel Carson (1907-1964)  
Last month marked the 50th anniversary of the publication of Silent Spring by Rachel Carson, one of the most influential books of the 20th century and one of the most passionate pleas for the conservation of nature and restraint in tampering with the processes that govern life ever written.  As a recent New York Times magazine piece illustrated, Carson’s reward was a leading place in the pantheon of environmental leaders and the undying and hysterical hatred of the chemical industry’s mouthpieces and apologists.

Read more: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/czichella/after_50_years_silent_spring_i.html


Free Webcast on Toxic Chemicals in Buildings: Now Available Online

This webcast is designed to help you sort through the constant barrage of information about everything out there that “might be killing you” and help your clients build healthier buildings. Topics include:
  • Different approaches to information overload
  • What we know about toxic chemicals in our buildings
  • Coping with knowledge gaps
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  • Voices of experience
The legacy of Rachel Carson


It has been 50 years since Rachel Carson’s seminal book “Silent Spring” was first published. It has sold more than 6 million copies in the United States and been translated into more than 30 languages. The book was an immediate bestseller, an inspiration for the environmental movement and a lightning rod for critics of her conclusions about the harmful effects of the indiscriminate use of industrial synthetic pesticides, particularly DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane), on the environment and all creatures who live in it, including humans.
Read More: The legacy of Rachel Carson, Idaho Mountain Express, 10/10/2012


October 18 at Connecticut College in New London, CT: "Five Decades after Silent Spring." The series of events is free and open to the public, and features a panel discussion, a reception and exhibit entitled "Rachel Carson's Silent Spring: Rumblings of an Avalanche," and an evening talk by Sandra Steingraber. 
Please join us on October 18, 2012 for a series of events commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Rachel Carson's landmark work, Silent Spring and a half century of environmental awareness. All events will take place on the campus of Connectictut College and will be free and open to the public. Events will include a panel discussion reflecting on Rachel Carson and her legacy, held in Ernst Common Room of Blaustein Hall from 3:30 to 5:00 PM. The panel will be chaired by Linda Lear, author of the award-winning biography Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature and will include:
Naomi Oreskes, Professor of History and Social Science at the University of California, San Diego and author of Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco to Global Warming
Peter Siver, Professor of Botany and Director of the Environmental Studies Program at Connecticut College
Helen Rozwadowski, Associate Professor of History, University of Connecticut
Wendy Blake-Coleman, Office of Environmental Information, Environmental Protection Agency
Following the panel until 6:00 PM, there will be a reception in the Charles E. Shain Library and viewing of the exhibit Rachel Carson's Silent Spring: Rumblings of an Avalanche. The exhibit draws on material from the Rachel Carson Collection in the Lear Center for Special Collections & Archives illustrating the growing concern around DDT in the 1950s, Carson's plans for a book on the overuse of pesticides, the publication of Silent Spring, and the response to the book by the federal government, the pesticide industry, and the general public.

The day's events will conclude with a lecture at 7:30 PM in the Ernst Common Room, by ecologist, author, and environmental advocate Sandra Steingraber. A cancer survivor, Dr. Steingraber has written extensively on the intersection of the environment and public health first in 1997 with Living Downstream: An Ecologist's Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment and later with Having Faith: An Ecologist's Journey to Motherhood. Steingraber's most recent book, Raising Elijah is a call to action for what she calls the greatest moral crisis of our time: the environmental crisis. 

Sandra Steingraber has been heralded as "the new Rachel Carson" for her ability to translate current scientific research for the general public. She has participated in briefings of the United States Congress, the United Nations, and the President's Cancer Panel and has been a guest on The Today Show and Good Morning America.

Five Decades after Silent Spring is being made possible by the Sound Lab Foundation, the Friends of the Connecticut College Library, Connecticut College Information Services, the Lear Center for Special Collections & Archives, the Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment, and Dr. Linda Lear.

For more information about the day's events or the Rachel Carson Collection at Connecticut College, please contact Benjamin Panciera at benjamin.panciera@conncoll.edu or by telephone at 860-439-2654.


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derrick z. jackson 50 years later, chemical barrage goes on
Boston Globe
If Rachel Carson were alive to mark the 50th anniversary of her book “Silent Spring,” her head would spin in both wonder and anger.


by Peter Dreier
Barry Commoner, a pioneering environmental scientist and activist, died Sunday at age 95.Described in 1970 by Time magazine as the "Paul Revere of ecology," Commoner followed Rachel Carson as America's most prominent modern environmentalist. He viewed the environmental crisis as a symptom of a fundamentally flawed economic and social system...


The Trillion-Gallon Loophole: Lax Rules for Drillers that Inject Pollutants into the Earth

In January 2003, two tanker trucks backed up to an injection well site in a pasture outside Rosharon, Texas. There, under a steel shed, they began to unload thousands of gallons of wastewater for burial deep beneath the earth. The waste – the byproduct of oil and gas drilling – was described in regulatory documents as a benign mixture of salt and water. As the liquid rushed from the trucks, it released a billowing vapor of far more volatile materials, including benzene and other flammable hydrocarbons. ProPublica analyzed records summarizing more than 220,000 well inspections conducted between late 2007 and late 2010, including more than 194,000 for Class 2 wells. The examination shows that, amid growing use of Class 2 wells, fundamental safeguards are sometimes being ignored or circumvented.
Propublica Exit NIEHS Website [Author: Abrahm Lustgarten]
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Living on Earth: 
Silent Spring Turns 50
Rachel Carson's legacy includes the ban on pesticides like DDT in the United States but a cocktail of other dangerous chemicals is still in use. Frank Graham is an editor with the Audubon Society and author of a follow up to Carson’s work“Since Silent Spring”. Graham talks to host Steve Curwood about the use of pesticides in the US then and now.


The 50th Anniversary Of ‘Silent Spring’ Reminds Us Of The Importance Of Environmental Regulations by Arpita Bhattacharyya

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the release of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, a book often credited with launching the modern environmental movement. As we celebrate recent vital regulations, from new fuel economy standards to carbon pollution standard, it’s important to look back on how one book moved the American public to realize the importance of environmental protection and called the government to action.

Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/09/21/888111/the-50th-anniversary-of-silent-spring-reminds-us-of-the-importance-of-environmental-regulations/



Silent Spring and Sustainability Brownbaggers
Tri States Public Radio

Rich Egger's guests on Emphasis for September 14 are Amy Mossman and Timothy Collins of Western Illinois University. They talk about the fall lineup for the Sustainability Brownbaggers series.

The brownbaggers are billed as “Conversations for the Natural and Social Sciences, Art and Humanities, and Business.”

Mossman and Collins will present the first program, which will focus on “Silent Spring.” This fall marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Rachel Carson's book.

“It probably resonates with me most strongly because I feel that she really is advocating for an empowerment of the public. One of the things that she does in her book is take scientific information that was known and make it available to the public,” Mossman said of Carson and “Silent Spring.”

Mossman said Carson also presented issues of scientific uncertainty -- she helped the public understand there is still a great deal that is unknown.

Collins said he first read the book when he was a high school sophomore. He recently re-read it as he prepared for the brownbaggers series.

“What I like about it is her courage. It took a lot of stuff to stand up and write a book that was highly critical of the major chemical industry, the major agricultural industry, and those relationships,” Collins said.

Brownbaggers will be held on Tuesdays, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm, Malpass Library West, 4th Floor, Western Illinois University.

The schedule:

September 18 -- 50th Anniversary of Rachel Carson's “Silent Spring”

September 25 -- Green Chemistry: Retooling of Chemistry and Making it More Sustainable

October 2 -- Sustainability on the Upper Mississippi River

October 9 -- Green Politics

October 16 -- An Overview of Sustainability in the Fashion Industry: Sustainable Technologies

October 23 -- The Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

October 30 -- 150th Anniversary of the Land Grant System

November 13 -- Earth Cafe


Pesticide violations cost Scotts Miracle-Gro $12.5 million. Lawn product company Scotts Miracle-Gro Co will pay $12.5 million in criminal fines and civil penalties for illegally including insecticides in bird food products and for other violations – the largest penalties in the history of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, the U.S. Justice Department said. Reuters

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Rising Chemicals Output a Hazard, Clean-Up Needed By 2020: U.N

Increasing misuse of chemicals is causing health and environmental damage especially in emerging economies and governments must do more to carry out a promised clean-up by 2020, said a United Nations report. Production and use of chemicals - from plastics to pesticides - is shifting to developing nations where safeguards are often weaker, the U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP) said. Unsafe disposal and recycling adds to risks, it said.
The Chicago Tribune Exit NIEHS Website [Author: Alister Doyle, Associated Press]


The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson

Events and Conferences from Around the World

If you would like to include a conference or an event, please email michael.friscia@yale.edu with conference information and materials.

Linda Lear's Appearances - Rachel Carson Series

Montreal, CA. Magill University.
Raleigh, NC. NC State.
Sept. 27-29
Five Decades After Silent Spring . A Symposium at Connecticut College, New London. CT.
Oct 17-19

Five Decades After Silent Spring

A Symposium at Connecticut College, New London. CT. Oct 17-19
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Sandra Steingraber, featured speaker
Featuring a panel of environmental activists and scholars including Dr. Naomi Orestes, author of Merchants of Doubt.(italics) and visiting scholar Coner Jameson author of Silent Spring Revisited.

Our Planet and Our Health- The Impact of Silent Spring after Fifty Years

Download PDF Date: October 26, 2012 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
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Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring, published 50 years ago in 1962, brought global attention to the consequences of unrestrained use of toxic pesticides such as DDT. Among the actions taken in response to her work was a ban on DDT by the newly formed Environmental Protection Agency in 1976, over a decade after Rachel Carson’s death. The success of Silent Spring and its rapid popularity was based on Rachel Carson’s reputation and credibility as a writer and scientist on the subject of the oceans. Her books The Sea Around Us, The Edge of the Sea and Under the Sea Wind established her in the public eye as a significant scholar and writer. Thus, in celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of publication of Silent Spring, it is appropriate to turn to the oceans as a touchstone for evaluating the impact of her work.


Rachel Carson's Prescience Chronicle of Higher Education

Fifty years ago, on September 27, 1962, Houghton Mifflin published Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, among the 20th century's most influential books. To honor the anniversary, the University of Cape Town invited me to lead an interdisciplinary forum this ...


What Is "SILENT SPRING"?  The Silent Spring Resource Center is part of the Silent Spring Project, Grossmont College's own Multi-Disciplinary Celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of ... 
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Rachel Carson, James Hanson and the Merchants of Doubt, Working Waterfront Philip Conkling, July 25, 2012
...Since 1988, a well financed campaign, primarily funded by corporations with large fossil fuel holdings have tried to sow doubt either on the existence global warming itself (“it is just natural variability”) or on the evidence that burning of fossil fuels by humans is the cause of climate change. It is not hard to find scientists who, when asked about whether the climate is changing as a result of the build up of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, will honestly say, “We just don’t know.” There are more venal actors as well, including some in academia where contrarian views can be a badge of honor, who will say that most climate change science is based on a high degree of uncertainty or will introduce other non-human causes to explain the observe changes in climate.
The merchants of doubt understand human psychology all too well. If your mind is balanced between yes and no; between acceptance and denial; between this possibility and that possibility—the longer you are in doubt, the less action you take. Action means that you have decided something. So if someone can convince you that we do not have enough information on which to base a decision, inaction is the inevitable result. And if you have an economic interest in preventing action, doubt is your most effective tool, particularly because doubt can seem so reasonable. Even when it is not.
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Honouring the legacy of Rachel Carson CottageCountryNow.ca
This September, environmentalists around the world will mark the 50th anniversary of Silent Spring by Rachel Carson, one of the most influential works and authors in the history of the environmental movement. In fact, the publishing of her landmark work ...


Queen of green (Rachel Carson) making Ashland appearance Thursday. Mansfield News Journal. ASHLAND -- Rachel Carson will be the guest Thursday at Ashland Chautauqua. The day will also include several workshops and a fiddler. All events are free.


Ag Makes Great Strides Since Publication of 'Silent Spring' « WPHA ...It's hard to believe but this year marks the 50th anniversary of Rachel Carson's best-selling book Silent Spring. ...


“If thalidomide had caused a 10-point loss of IQ instead of birth defects of the limbs, it would likely still be on the market” - the late David Rall, former director of NIEHS.

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Commentary: As Silent Spring's 50th anniversary nears, what would Rachel Carson be saying now?

Many people have the impression that climate disruption is the worst environmental problem humanity faces, and indeed, its consequences may be catastrophic. But the spread of toxic chemicals from pole to pole may be the dark horse in the race. We could just pursue business as usual and count on luck to save civilization. Maybe no truly lethal synergies will turn up, or no new chemical will become global before it is discovered to cause cancer. Maybe the poisonings will not collapse ecological systems and bring down civilization. Perhaps advances in molecular biology will neutralize any dangerous new chemicals or cure any serious diseases that appear. And perhaps they won’t. Is it wise to sit by and not take substantial measures? In democracies, the decision rests ultimately with the citizens; I think it is crystal clear what Rachel Carson, author of the 1962 book Silent Spring, would have recommended.