Silent Spring

Silent Spring
Cover of the first edition
AuthorRachel Carson
CountryUnited States
SubjectsPesticides, ecology, environmentalism
PublishedSeptember 27, 1962 (Houghton Mifflin)
Media typePrint (Hardcover and Paperback)

Silent Spring is an environmental science book by Rachel Carson.[1] The book was published on September 27, 1962, documenting the adverse environmental effects caused by the indiscriminate use of pesticides. Carson accused the chemical industry of spreading disinformation, and public officials of accepting the industry's marketing claims unquestioningly.

Starting in the late 1950s, prior to the book's publication, Carson had focused her attention on environmental conservation, especially environmental problems that she believed were caused by synthetic pesticides. The result of her research was Silent Spring, which brought environmental concerns to the American public. The book was met with fierce opposition by chemical companies, but, owing to public opinion, it brought about numerous changes. It spurred a reversal in the United States' national pesticide policy, led to a nationwide ban on DDT for agricultural uses,[2] and helped to inspire an environmental movement that led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.[3][4]

In 1996, a follow-up book, Beyond Silent Spring, co-written by H.F. van Emden and David Peakall, was published.[5][6] In 2006, Silent Spring was named one of the 25 greatest science books of all time by the editors of Discover magazine.[7]

  1. ^ McLaughlin, Dorothy. "Fooling with Nature: Silent Spring Revisited". Frontline. PBS. Archived from the original on March 10, 2010. Retrieved August 24, 2010.
  2. ^ "DDT". United States Environmental Protection Agency. Archived from the original on October 22, 2007. Retrieved November 4, 2007.
  3. ^ Paull, John (2013) "The Rachel Carson Letters and the Making of Silent Spring" Archived 2013-11-03 at the Wayback Machine, Sage Open, 3 (July):1–12.
  4. ^ Josie Glausiusz. (2007), "Better Planet: Can A Maligned Pesticide Save Lives?" Discover Magazine. p. 34.
  5. ^ Peakall, David B.; Van Emden, Helmut Fritz, eds. (1996). Beyond silent spring: integrated pest management and chemical safety. London: Chapman & Hall. ISBN 978-0-412-72810-5.
  6. ^ Richards H (September 1999). "Beyond Silent Spring: Integrated Pest Management and Chemical Safety. Edited by H.F. van Emden and D.B. Peakall". Integrated Pest Management Reviews. 4 (3): 269–270. doi:10.1023/A:1009686508200.
  7. ^ "25 Greatest Science Books of All Time". Discover Magazine. December 2006. Archived from the original on January 29, 2009. Retrieved October 8, 2008.

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