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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Beginning
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...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen It's a text book for a science class.
I read Rachel Carson's book Silent Spring for my science class. As I slowly dragged through each chapter, I found the book to be interesting and very informative. However, I also found it hard to read. I constantly had to put the book down and reach for my dictionary to look up words. The length of the book is another flaw. Silent Spring did not need to be 17 chapters...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Beginning, 14. Dezember 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Silent Spring (Taschenbuch)
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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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Silent Spring (Taschenbuch)
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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4.0 von 5 Sternen Valuable then and now, 13. Januar 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Silent Spring (Taschenbuch)
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 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 Silent Spring was Amazing, but..., 11. Februar 2000
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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 experience. It seems as if the words had an almost surreal quality. For example one of her chapters is entitled, "Realms of the Soil," and another is, "The Earth's Green Mantle." One can tell that this is her style of writing because she also used such titles in her other books such as Under the Sea Wind. With this style, the drawbacks are that about every sentence is difficult to understand, with few I completely did not understand at all. Then again, I am just a preteen; Silent Spring was intended for adults to read, comprehend, and then heed its warning. I most definitely can see why the people of the 1960's were so moved by this single book, for I could have almost be fooled to thinking that it was a piece of classic fictional literature when I began reading it.
This book was also quite informative, as I was appalled by some of the actual events mentioned, like the story of a factory or warehouse that polluted the water around it so much that over time, the menagerie of chemicals bonded to form an additional one. It is true that Carson exaggerated a bit, but the point is, her message was sent far beyond a person's imagination. Silent Spring was the smoking gun against chemical toxins. Anyhow, I thoroughly enjoyed Silent Spring, and at times I found it hard to put down. After all, I did not give it such a high rating for nothing.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A classic - must reading!, 20. August 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Silent Spring (Taschenbuch)
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
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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 Science made available to general public, 24. März 2000
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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 It is obvious why this book was such a wake-up call!, 13. Juli 1998
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When Rachel Carson published "Silent Spring" in 1962, her goal was to make everyone aware of what the toxic substance DDT was doing to the delicate ecosystems in North America, most notable its role in the destruction of bird populations. After reading "Silent Spring", one can see why the book was a turning point in the movement of environmentalism.
Rachel Carson did a massive amount of research to study the effects that pesticides like DDT had on the environment. Her chapters are filled with highly-documented scientific facts, but they also possess a poignant element which helped stir the nation into doing something about it in the late sixties-early seventies after the book's release.
Al Gore's introduction eloquently details the sentiments and actions that this book prompted and it compliments the text very well.
This book is high on my list of recommendations.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen wonderful insight into the dangers of playing with nature, 16. Juli 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Silent Spring (Taschenbuch)
This book opened my eyes to a world of "icides" (pesticiedes, herbicides, etc.)that I now know I had only marginal knowledge of. The damage on our own race as well as to the earth that supports us only shows our disconnectedness from the land on which we live. To realize we (the US) treated these new chemicals and technology with such fleeting thoughts and without significant study truly makes one wonder about emerging technologies of today, and what types of unseen impacts we will find down the road. Certainly we have learned from our past....we hope. But as the saying goes: history is bound to reapeat itself, if not in exactness, certainly in concept. I have recently ordered "Silent Spring Revisited" in hopes of seeing the resulting regulatory and policy changes that Carsons book invoked.
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