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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
Von Ein Kunde
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 A classic - must reading! 20. August 1999
Von Ein Kunde
Excellent - and still very relevant today. Rachel Carson had great foresight at a time when DDT was being sprayed everywhere - remember how all the neighborhood children enjoyed running into the DDT fog as it was being sprayed? Unfortunately, DDT is still widely being used in third world courtries today. As follow-up reading to this book, I highly recommend "Our Stolen Future" by Theo Colborn (1997). What Rachel was to the sixties, Theo is to the nineties. Largely because of her work and her book, we are now realizing that in addition to cancer and loss of wildlife, pesticides pose a set of dangers that are more subtle, but may ultimately be more damaging - they may threaten our children's ability to have children. Sperm counts have dropped up to 50% in recent decades. The chemicals have blanketed the earth, and every human, now matter how remotely located, now has significant concentrations of persistent pesticides and PCBs stored in their fat tissues. Another related book I highly recommend is "Toxic Sludge is Good for You - Lies, Damn Lies and the Public Relations Industry" by John Stauber (1995). It explains how industry continues to manufacture thousands of extremely poisonous chemicals with abandon, despite the efforts of so many environmental groups. It turns out that many (but not all) of the so-called environmental and scientific groups are not much more than clever PR fronts funded by mainly by industry.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Still a long way to go 13. März 1999
Von Ein Kunde
It's ironic, significant and scary. Within the same week, Rachel Carson's original article, published in '62 by The New Yorker, was chosen by NYU as this century's second best piece of reporting journalism ever; and, at the same time, in a UN-sponsored convention on biodiversity held at Cartagena, Colombia, the US delegation bombarded the possibility of a protocol being even drafted that would impose limitations on the worldwide spread of transgenics, the '90's best friend & companion to the pesticides the, alas, late (she passed away in 1964) Ms. Carson denounced. It only goes to show how hard the environment-aware movements still have to keep on struggling, and how powerful are the forces of death. And that's only the tip of the iceberg: read up on the proposed Multinational Investment Agreement, it will knock your socks off. But  the voices Ms. Carson helped raise won't be hushed. Couple o' days ago, Monsanto (co-developer, together with the US Department of Agriculture, of the "terminator" gene  read up on that one, too), withdrew their request for their transgenic soy to be produced in a commercial scale down here in Brazil. That's one we won, for the time being at least, but don't let it fool you. It is, perhaps more than ever, an uphill battle  but keep on pushing -, and one that owes much to Rachel Carson's foresight and courage.
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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 11 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 Science made available to general public
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. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 24. März 2000 von
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
5.0 von 5 Sternen Classic of the environmentalist movement.
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... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 29. Januar 2000 veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen Valuable then and now
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... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 13. Januar 2000 von Rick Lytel
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
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