About Rachel Carson

The excellent biography: "Rachel Carson, Witness for Nature" by historian, biographer and Carson expert Linda Lear is a key resource to understanding and appreciating not just the difficult and path-breaking work of the scientist and writer, but her life and many challenges as a woman. See Linda Lear's related website: "The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson": www.rachelcarson.org

Commentary: As Silent Spring's 50th anniversary nears, what would Rachel Carson be saying now?

By Paul R. Ehrlich
Stanford University, For Environmental Health News
June 25, 2012

...Rachel Carson's legacy looms huge today. Many people have the impression that climate disruption is the worst environmental problem humanity faces, and indeed, its consequences may be catastrophic. But the spread of toxic chemicals from pole to pole may be the dark horse in the race.

A mass of evidence should alert humanity to the risks of toxifying Earth from pole to pole with synthetic chemicals...

Carson was properly concerned about the problems of unknown interactions among mixtures of novel chemicals in the environment. Today, with the potential for millions of possible synergisms among the tens of thousands of compounds already released, just identifying the culprits would be an enormous challenge. And if they were identified, removing them from the environment could be an even more monumental task, or most likely prove impossible...

Today humanity is faced with a series of epidemics in which toxics may be involved: asthma, autism, hormone-related cancers, ADHD, heart disease, autoimmune disease, obesity, Type 2 diabetes and learning disabilities."...

Books Written By Rachel Carson

"Rachel Carson only wrote four books. The fifth, The Sense of Wonder was published posthumously. All of Carson's books are still in print. You local library will have copies, and so will many independent bookstores and used book stores." -- Linda Lear

Graphic, quote and listing from "The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson" website, see descriptive listing here.