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Silent Spring [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Rachel Carson , Edward O. Wilson , Linda Lear
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22. Oktober 2002
Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring was first published in three serialized excerpts in the New Yorker in June of 1962. The book appeared in September of that year and the outcry that followed its publication forced the banning of DDT and spurred revolutionary changes in the laws affecting our air, land, and water. Carson’s passionate concern for the future of our planet reverberated powerfully throughout the world, and her eloquent book was instrumental in launching the environmental movement. It is without question one of the landmark books of the twentieth century.  

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  • Taschenbuch: 400 Seiten
  • Verlag: Mariner Books; Auflage: Anniversary. (22. Oktober 2002)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0618249060
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618249060
  • Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 14 Jahren
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 20,9 x 14,4 x 2 cm
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Rachel Carson's Silent Spring is now 35 years old. Written over the years 1958 to 1962, it took a hard look at the effects of insecticides and pesticides on songbird populations throughout the United States, whose declining numbers yielded the silence to which her title attests. "What happens in nature is not allowed to happen in the modern, chemical-drenched world," she writes, "where spraying destroys not only the insects but also their principal enemy, the birds. When later there is a resurgence of the insect population, as almost always happens, the birds are not there to keep their numbers in check." The publication of her impeccably reported text helped change that trend by setting off a wave of environmental legislation and galvanizing the nascent ecological movement. It is justly considered a classic, and it is well worth rereading today. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.


Carson's books brought ecology into popular consciousness (Daily Telegraph)

If anybody asked me to write about my hero, it would be Rachel Carson (A. S. Byatt)

Rachel Carson educated a planet... One of the most effective books ever written (Guardian)

Carson's book has changed the world (The Times) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe .

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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Beginning 14. Dezember 1999
Von Kathryn
I was disappointed to say the least of some of the following reviews of Silent Spring. It is no wonder that our earth is being so abused. Yes, Virginia, there is an environmental problem. Unfortunately, it is undeniable. The earth IS fragile (God-created or not), chemicals DO persist in the environment, and we "environmentalists" are NOT Marxists.
You see, the significance of Rachel Carson's book was not its scientific accuracy, nor the position it took on DDT. Its significance was that it helped to turn national, even global, consiousness in a different direction. Suddenly we were not the only species on the planet. The steps we take to improve ourselves actually have an impact on the rest of the world...on our own environment. Everyday we make compromises. Ban pesticides, eat a hamburger. Both have significant impacts on the health and hunger of those less fortunate. We help one, we hurt another, whether individuals, businesses, species, or nations. There are few easy ways out. With our tendency to ignore long-term consequences, both negative and positive, it is easy to argue forcibly against such activists as Rachel Carson. Short-term results are nearly absent when we seriously consider securing the future of the earth.
But shouldn't this security be a universal goal?
So read Rachel Carson's Silent Spring and be moved as she feels the groanings of the earth and speaks out on their behalf. Thank you, Rachel, for having that courage, for opening that door.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Still Just As Applicable In The 21st Century 22. März 2002
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This is the definitive book about ecological issues and is unfortunately just as applicable today as it was when Rachel Carsen wrote it in the early 1960's. We clearly have not listened enough to her warnings for we now have even more human-induced ecological problems such as global warming, ozone holes, increased UV-radiation etc. Maybe we did not listen because Silent Spring is primarily a superbly written informational book, which appeals to the converted, but not so much to those, who prefer lighter eco-reading materials. I mention this since I just finished reading a book, which presents eco-scientific facts from a refreshing and a brand new perspective: It is highly enjoyable science-fiction eco-novel, entitled, "ACCUSED BY FACET-EYES" by author/scientist C.B.DON. In Silent Spring Rachel Carsen mantions the terrible effects of pesticide spraying on orchards and the serious damage to the ecologically very important honeybee pollinator colonies. Well, "Accused By Facet-Eyes", takes Silent Spring one step further. It is a well researched, contemporary storyline, which presents specific honeybee as well as general global environmental problems, but in a heart-touching, thought-provoking and very honest novel, which takes a look at humanity's destructive practices through the point of view of another species, i.e the honeybees' "facet-eyes"! Both these books have a powerful eco-message and though separated by several decades, attack eco-problems, but from different aspects. The classic Silent Spring and the newly published, "Accused By Facet-Eyes" are rare eco-books, indeed, both truly worthwhile reading and with much to reflect upon long after one puts down them down!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Science made available to general public 24. März 2000
Rachel Carson had the ability to communicate to a broad audience. She wrote to the point but with a skill that makes reading Silent Spring enjoyable. Speaking as a scientist that reads many dry "scientific" books and journals, I found Rachel Carson to be an enjoyable, informative read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Classic of the environmentalist movement. 29. Januar 2000
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Man's attempt to control environment and nature was born out of arrogance and has its roots in a primitive stage of biology that assumed that nature exists for man to do as he will with it. Carson calls the use of chemicals to control plants and insects a stone age method. She proposes a variety of biological solutions to the insect problems and more effort to study them instead of resorting to the chemical menace. She describes how the screwworm that afflicts livestock and wild animals was eliminated in Florida, after first being tested on an island, by releasing irradiated sterile male flies. Other biological efforts described are the use of artificial lures, ultrasound, bacterial infections, importing natural enemies like spiders, ants, and the use of small mammals.
The above is the conclusion of this classic work that was a huge stepping stone in environmentalism that grew in the 1960's and 70's and owed much of its impetus to this scientist who chapter by chapter unveils the follies of chemical spraying as a means of attacking a particular insect or plant with no regard to the consequences.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Valuable then and now 13. Januar 2000
The book's enduring message is that solutions to complex problems need to be enhanced over time because there is no one 'silver bullet' solution that satisfies all boundary conditions. In this case, DDT poses direct health threats to humans while it indirectly provides health benefits by eliminating carriers of malaria. Tradeoffs like this are now part of the awareness of Americans because of Carson's book. So don't blame the book--look for new solutions to this problem, e.g., new pesticides. This'll be easy in the coming 50 years because selective chemical attack will be possible due to enhanced knowledge of insect and human genomes and the proteins they code. And another enduring message is evident from reading the prior reviews: There is no single solution that ought to be uniformly applied throughout the world. In other words, threats active in America (DDT/bird extinction) are not the same threats active or dominant in many places in the third world (malaria dominates). It's too easy to look for one single solution to be uniformly applied. And it's silly to think one exists. So this book was valuable then for raising awareness of environmental tampering, and it's valuable now because we need to be reminded to continue to deal with it using new technology and in nonuniform and situation-dependent ways.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Buch
Es ist ein sehr schönes Buch, sehr informativ und flüssig geschrieben. Die Qualität des Buchs war den Angaben entsprechend. Top.
Vor 10 Monaten von Nadja Koch veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen Silent Spring - you should have read it!
Even if you are not concerned about Climate Change, Environmental Pollution and the Human's Impact on Earth, you definitely should read this book! Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 20 Monaten von Carina veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Required reading for anyone who cares about the planet
This book should be mandatory reading in all high schools. The issues identified decades ago are even more relevant today. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 28. Juni 2000 von Patricia Lavins
1.0 von 5 Sternen Ludicrously perfectionist
As a class assignment in (of all things) language arts, we had to read one chapter of this book and do a research project on it. To me, this book was completely BORING. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 10. April 2000 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen My Thoughts
This Book that Rachel Louise Carson wrote has had a tremndous impact on my life! I love the way she put things and how she put them in her words! Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 17. März 2000 veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen Silent Spring was Amazing, but...
Silent Spring is, without a doubt, the most amazing book I have ever read. Though it is gut-loaded with facts, Carson' s ingenious wording makes reading it a somewhat enjoyable... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 11. Februar 2000 von Fei
1.0 von 5 Sternen Mother of all junk science "environmentalism"
Over 35 years ago, this book, which would give aid and comfort to all those who would destroy our way of life, was written. Consider how the advocates of a certain policy (i.e. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 1. Dezember 1999 von Maria-Rosa de Hacia
1.0 von 5 Sternen Silent Spring is for the birds
This is one of the most influential books of our time. Even now, it contributes to the death of one child every 12 seconds, mostly in the Third World, because it helped to bring... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 1. Dezember 1999 von Jane Orient
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