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Silent Spring

Godzilla and the Birth of Modern Environmentalism

David Ropeik | Posted 06.12.2014 | 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.

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?

Saving the World Within: Environmentalism for the Human Gut

Jedediah Purdy | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics
Jedediah Purdy

Livestock producers manage to keep animals alive until slaughter in crowded, filthy conditions only by pumping them full of antibiotics until slaughter. When you buy a hamburger, you might as well be contributing your dollars to biological warfare research -- aimed at us.

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...

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.

Inspiring Each Other Forward

Mike Lux | Posted 07.21.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

Yesterday, homeowners who have been royally screwed over by big Wall Street banks risked not only arrest but worse in demonstrations at the Department of Justice demanding that they start prosecuting bankers rather than the people ripped off by them.

My Parents Are NIMBYs: Why You Should Be Too

Kaitlin Solimine | Posted 04.10.2013 | Green
Kaitlin Solimine

My parents have never been activists nor strict environmentalists (although my mother did recommend Rachel Carlson's Silent Spring to me in high school). Now, suddenly, they are die-hard NIMBYs (an acronym for 'Not In My Backyard'), a term with a mostly pejorative air.

A Speech That Speaks to Our Progressive Traditions

Mike Lux | Posted 03.23.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

To my friends who are cynical, who say it is just a speech, just words, I would argue that if you look at America's history, words matter.

What Will You Do for the Revolution? Prop 37, D-Day for the Food Movement

Dave Murphy | Posted 12.15.2012 | Food
Dave Murphy

For the food movement, for the future of our planet and our democracy, there is no more important battle than to reclaim our rights from out of control corporations and the failure of government oversight.

Barry Commoner, Social Revolutionary Dressed in Environmentalist's Clothing

David Ropeik | Posted 12.03.2012 | Green
David Ropeik

Commoner's passing reminds me that now I'm old, and the simplistic right and wrong/good and bad of my earlier environmentalist innocence has yielded to the crazy plaid complications of many issues.

Lynne Peeples

'Silent Spring' Turns 50: Rachel Carson Warned Of 'Pesticide Treadmill' Powered By Big Ag

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 09.27.2012 | Green

"This is not what Rachel Carson would have wanted for her 50th anniversary present." Mardi Mellon, senior scientist with the non-profit Union of Co...

50 Years After Rachel Carson's Silent Spring

Sen. Ed Markey | Posted 11.27.2012 | Green
Sen. Ed Markey

While powerful, the polluter playbook is no match for the truth and those brave enough to shout it from the rooftops. That is the lesson of Rachel Carson. Her courage inspired citizens to demand change, even as polluters tried to silence the author of Silent Spring.

'Green News Report' - September 25, 2012

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 11.25.2012 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport FACEBOOK: Green News Report The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY...

What Would Rachel Write: The Top 4 Untold Pesticide Stories

Heather Pilatic | Posted 11.21.2012 | Green
Heather Pilatic

Just as she confronted the paternalism of postwar science, and questioned the paradigm of scientific progress and mastery that defined postwar America, I imagine Carson would today name the most disabling dynamic of our times: corporations running roughshod over democracy.

She Was Right

Arianna Huffington | Posted 09.19.2012 | Green
Arianna Huffington

In 1962, Rachel Carson began sounding the alarm about the dangers of exposure to chemicals and the failure of the industry and regulators to protect people from those dangers. Fifty years later, Lynne Peeples's anniversary feature in Huffington is a reminder that we have failed to heed many of Carson's warnings, especially when it comes to protecting our most precious resource, our children.

Silent Spring Is 50: The Credit, and the Blame, It Deserves

David Ropeik | Posted 08.21.2012 | Green
David Ropeik

In the 50 years since Silent Spring was published, the environmental movement it helped create has accomplished a great deal. It may be less popular to suggest, but it is no less true, that this seminal book and the movement it helped spawn have also caused a great deal of harm.

This Mother's Day, Mother Earth Wants You

Annie Spiegelman | Posted 05.10.2012 | Green
Annie Spiegelman

What a new report found is that women tend to support clean air, clean water, and overall environmental protections within the aim of promoting public health and resource conservation for future generations.

We Are Houseguests on This Earth and We've Been Very Messy

Olivia Bouler | Posted 06.21.2012 | Teen
Olivia Bouler

By investing in alternative energy, we are investing in our economy and our habitat. I may only be 12, but it sounds good to me. Every one of us has a great gift we can use to help the earth. Everyone, at any age, can do something.

Reflections on Earth Day

Al Gore | Posted 06.21.2012 | Green
Al Gore

On this Earth Day, which comes nearly fifty years since the first printing of Silent Spring, Rachel Carson's work continues to stand as a testament to the power of conscience, insight and our collective ability to make the world a better place.

Silent Spring, BPA and Toxic Health Scares: Let Science Drive Regulation, Not Fear

Jon Entine | Posted 06.03.2012 | Politics
Jon Entine

The term "political science" used to mean public policy studied not just as opinion but based on empirical, documentable evidence. Today it's come to mean something darker--the subversion of science in the hands of ideologues.