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How Rachel Carson's 'Silent Spring' Awakened the World to Environmental Peril

How Rachel Carson's 'Silent Spring' Awakened the World to Environmental Peril

When Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring was published in September 1962, she was already a celebrated American biologist and author best known for her trilogy of lyrical books on the ocean. But rather than introducing readers to more of the natural world, the mild-mannered 55-year-old’s latest book warned they could be destroying it.

In what she referred to as her “poison book,” Carson revealed the damaging effects of the indiscriminate use of chemical pesticides on the environment. She focused mainly on the insecticide DDT, which had been dubbed “one of the greatest discoveries of World War II” by Time magazine for its ability to kill insects that spread malaria and typhus and was routinely sprayed in homes and on crops. 

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