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Rachel Carson

Which Woman Should Adorn the $10 Bill?

Peter Dreier | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Although none of these 20 women were elected to office, they all had a great influence on public opinion and public policy. The reformers profiled below exercised influence not only because of the number of people they mobilized, but also because of the moral force of their ideas.

DDT: The Gift That Keeps on Giving?

Bob Musil | Posted 06.12.2015 | Green
Bob Musil

Clearly, citizens of the entire area still face significant environmental health risks despite clean ups over the years and some improvements in the rates of animal and bird deaths.

They Are Biocides, Not Pesticides -- And They Are Creating an Ecocide

Andrew Kimbrell | Posted 05.04.2015 | Green
Andrew Kimbrell

Let's not refer to pesticides, whether they are insecticides, herbicides or fungicides, by anything but their real name: biocides. Words do matter. What is the word that would encompass the result of our using nearly a billion pounds of biocides each year? I would suggest it is nothing short of ecocide.

Matt Sheehan

China's 'Inconvenient Truth:' Anti-Pollution Documentary Goes Viral

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sheehan | Posted 03.02.2015 | World

BEIJING -- Public revulsion over China’s putrid air has been mounting for years, and now the country might have its gotten its own version of "An In...

The Tragedy of Climate Change Reports

Bob Musil | Posted 03.22.2015 | Green
Bob Musil

It is tragic, unless there is even broader public outcry and political participation, that despite impressive scientific reports and warnings, Americans may yet look back and say "we should have known. The evidence, the truth, the warnings were all there. How could they have gone unheeded?"

The Chemical Ocean

Peter Neill | Posted 02.15.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

Like ocean acidification, this is mostly an invisible problem, but it is comparable in import for the vitality of marine ecosystems and the implication for human reliance on the ocean for water, food, and health in the future.

Rachel Carson's Legacy and Today's Green Ceiling for Women's Leadership

Allison Whipple Rockefeller | Posted 11.30.2014 | Green
Allison Whipple Rockefeller

Women have long played a pivotal role in environmental conservation in America, yet far too few women today hold top leadership positions in America's environmental and conservation organizations.

This Woman Taught Us To Respect Nature

The Philosophers' Mail | Posted 09.02.2014 | World

There’s nothing very natural about caring for nature. The first and predominant impulse of humans has almost always been to burn the trees, exhaust ...

Cold War, Ruthless Power, and Toxic Agriculture

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 09.01.2014 | Green
Evaggelos Vallianatos

In 2014, instead of DDT, which thankfully EPA banned in 1972, we have the neonicotinoid insecticides (neonics) to satisfy the toxic addiction and practices of agribusiness men.

12 Great Things to Do in Kennebunkport, Maine (Besides Trying to Catch a Glimpse of George H.W. Bush)

Malerie Yolen-Cohen | Posted 08.23.2014 | Travel
Malerie Yolen-Cohen

Come to Kennebunk and Kennebunkport (collectively known as "The Kennebunks") and find the Bush family summer home, the freshest New England cuisine, the incredible light, the sea at play against the rocky shore.

Godzilla and the Birth of Modern Environmentalism

David Ropeik | Posted 08.12.2014 | Green
David Ropeik

Are these technological solutions to some of the damage humans have done to ourselves and the natural world, or are they just versions of Castle Bravo and the Oxygen Destroyer, escalations of a self-destructive technological death spiral?

50 Years After Rachel Carson: There's Still Hope

Jeanne Rizzo | Posted 06.29.2014 | Green
Jeanne Rizzo

Rachel Carson died half a century ago from breast cancer, but her words about nature and humanity still ring true today.

How Our Regulatory System Misjudges Pesticides and Risks Our Health

Trip Van Noppen | Posted 06.22.2014 | Green
Trip Van Noppen

It's a plague hard to fight and hard to protect ourselves against -- in part because our regulatory system treats the chemicals as if they had rights; safe until proven guilty.

Robert Musil's Rachel Carson and Her Sisters

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 06.21.2014 | Green
Lawrence Wittner

Musil shows that, although Carson herself worked well with men, her deepest influences and relationships, her love of nature and science, and her influential contacts came from women.

Passover, Plagues and Rachel Carson: Sustainability at the Seder

Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb | Posted 06.08.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb

The plagues are a parable. Those who build empires on oppression, who defy divine directives of righteousness, will ultimately find their own lives unlivable. Nature is the agent of this cosmic comeuppance.

Rachel Carson's Legacy

Bob Musil | Posted 05.29.2014 | Green
Bob Musil

Today, fifty years after Rachel Carson's death from breast cancer in the spring of 1964, Carson's influence is intense, her legacy a living one. She continues to be attacked by right-wingers like Rush Limbaugh who hope to tarnish her reputation and hence her political heirs.

Arousing a Sense of Wonder

Vicki Cobb | Posted 04.28.2014 | Books
Vicki Cobb

It is the dream of every author to become a "brand name" -- to have his or her name above the title of the book. It is not easy for any author to accomplish this, but it is easier for those who write fiction than for those of us who write nonfiction, particularly in the world of children's literature.

Let Me Tell You 'Bout the Birds and the Bees... and a Thing Called Neonics

Steve Zack | Posted 04.08.2014 | Green
Steve Zack

The environmental movement progresses in fits and starts. We may win occasional battles, but I sometimes fear we are losing the war and our successes can feel like stopgaps until the next crisis. Are neonics that next crisis?

Light Bulb Angst: Grow Up

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Just as with the rather ridiculous and exaggerated claims about the calamities that would befall all of us if we removed lead from gasoline, we hear similar refrains about the catastrophic consequences of eliminating incandescent bulbs. And yet, just as with lead removal, the economy did not collapse as the bulb phaseout was implemented.

Environmental Carcinogenesis -- Separating Fact From Fiction

James M. Gentile | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
James M. Gentile

One can hardly read a newspaper, turn on the radio or a television station, or surf the Internet without finding a myriad of information concerning yet another physical, chemical, or biological agent in our environment that can 'cause cancer.'

When We Finally Save the World, We'll Have Birds to Thank for It

OnEarth | Posted 09.29.2013 | Green
OnEarth

By David Gessner, OnEarth Last month, when I read that Atlantic puffins were threatened, I had an immediate and visceral reaction. It wasn't to form a...

Rachel Carson and Rudolf Steiner -- An Unknown Debt

Michael Ruse | Posted 09.22.2013 | Religion
Michael Ruse

Last year was the fiftieth anniversary of the publication in 1962 of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring. Rightly acknowledged as one of the all-time great...

Are You a Traveler or a Tourist?

Adventure Collection | Posted 09.15.2013 | Travel
Adventure Collection

What makes a tourist different from a traveler? Is it true that, "The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see"? Answer these five questions to find out whether you're a confirmed, unapologetic tourist or a true traveler.

Will "Pandora's Promise" Start A New Environmental Movement FOR Nuclear Power?

David Ropeik | Posted 08.11.2013 | Green
David Ropeik

The last line in Pandora's Promise, Robert Stone's new documentary about the environmental advantages of nuclear power, comes from Michael Shellenberg...

The Legacy of Rachel Carson

Stephen Kress | Posted 07.24.2013 | Green
Stephen Kress

Ocean temperatures along the Gulf of Maine are on the rise. Yet we hear the same kind of skeptical voices that confronted Carson. We should take courage from all that she confronted, and find like champions who defended her work.