Rachel Carson

Likely Stories -- December 8, 2022 -- Under the Sea-Wind by Rachel Carson

I’m Jim McKeown, welcome to Likely Stories, a weekly review of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. It is with great pleasure that I have these few minutes to tell you about Rachel Carson’s Under the Sea-Wind, a story that evolved from an eleven-page introduction ti a government fisheries brochure. It marked the debut of one of the finest writers of English in the twentieth century, and a scientist who ultimately changed the way we view our relationship with nature. In April 1936, Carson was unemployed zoologist and free-lance writer for the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries assigned to write radio scripts on ocean life. By night she earned money writing articles on the natural history of the Chesapeake Bay for the Baltimore Sun, signing them ‘R.L. Carson’ in an effort to convince her readers that she was a male, and thus take her science seriously” (5).
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Douglas Brinkley: Our planet needs another "Rachel Carson moment"

After a week which saw Hurricane Nicole batter the Florida coast, and President Joe Biden at the annual global climate conference in Egypt, historian Douglas Brinkley (whose latest book deals with the dawn of the environmental movement) reminds us: attention must be paid. While writing a history of Rachel Carson...
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Fairfax Times

Rachel Carson student, Eagle Scout led donation drive for Ukraine

Earlier this year, Troop 160 Life Scout Nicholas Flanigan aimed to become an Eagle Scout–a rank that has all the qualities of a scout with perseverance and leadership. The Eagle Scout project is part of earning that rank and about employing leadership to benefit the troop and community. When one of his friends shared concerns about his family in Ukraine at the start of the Russian invasion, Flanigan figured out how he could help.
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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Rachel Carson was also wrong

The recent article on Rachel Carson did not go far enough (“Sixty years ago, Pittsburgh’s Rachel Carson was more right than she knew,” June 23). DDT was effectively banned after 1972. After the ban, none of the hundreds of studies showed any significant direct harm on humans.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Jack Doyle: Sixty years ago, Pittsburgh's Rachel Carson was more right than she knew

A Pittsburgh native’s landmark book about toxic chemicals in the environment is 60 years old this month. In 1962, Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” raised the alarm about careless pesticide use in agriculture and pest control and offered an early warning about the dangers of “use-first-and-ask-questions-later” synthetic chemistry.

In ‘Silent Spring,’ Rachel Carson Described a Fictional, Bucolic Hamlet, Much Like Her Hometown. Now, There’s a Plastics Plant Under Construction 30 Miles Away

SPRINGDALE, Pa.—If you stand in the sloping yard of the Rachel Carson Homestead and look southwest, down toward the Allegheny River, you can see the towers of the Cheswick Generating Station. Through the bare trees and thick green bramble that surround the house, the smokestacks emerge in the distance, twin pillars striped against a steel-silver sky. One is banded in orange and white, like a lighthouse; the other is dun-colored concrete. On this day in early spring, when birds are trilling and the smell of damp mulch fills the air, both towers are silent, because the plant was recently shut down.

Letter: A poem about Rachel Carson

But DDT was making her mad. the DDT truck making its rounds. Bugs dying and raptor eggs becoming soft and breaking,. all the lives it was taking. but the people said it meant nothing. In her 50s she began to feel sick so she went to the doctor,. “Stop” they...

Land Trust Book Club discusses Sense of Wonder by Rachel Carson

CHATHAM — The Columbia and Dutchess Land Conservancies have joined forces for another season to promote virtual connection and reading good books. Where the Wild Books Are meets for the final time this season 6-7 p.m. March 8 via Zoom. March’s featured book is Sense of Wonder by Rachel Carson.

Rachel Carson wildlife refuge seeks volunteers to restore cottontail habitat

Correction: This event occurred in 2021. SCARBOROUGH – On Saturday, Sept. 24, 2021, in celebration of National Public Lands Day, the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge will be hosting a volunteer workday to help restore native shrubland habitat, which is home to many species, including Maine’s only native rabbit–the state endangered New England cottontail. ...

Episode 14: Rachel Carson

In this episode, we’ll discuss the life and work of Rachel Carson, a hugely influential marine biologist and nature writer. Her 1962 book Silent Spring is perhaps her most recognized work, as it led to a nationwide ban on DDT and other pesticides and sparked the worldwide environmental and conservation movements. The Library of America recently released a collection of Carson’s Sea Trilogy, three books that poetically depict life in the world’s oceans.

What the world can learn from Rachel Carson as we fight for our planet

“Glasgow is our last chance” has become a climate crisis mantra. World leaders scheduled to meet soon at the United Nations Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow to discuss – and act upon – our global climate crisis face a huge task, as do those here in the US as they fine-tune the climate measures in the Biden administration’s Build Back Better plan. All political measures up to now have been insufficient. The latest UN report on climate change issued a “code red for humanity”. And it’s only going to get worse and probably irreversible – larger fires, extended droughts, more intense storms, and more environmental refugees, destabilized regimes and unlivable parts of our planet – if our carbon-based economy continues unabated.

Rachel Carson Conservation Park Trails

Rachel Carson C... Rachel Carson C... Montgomery Parks honors Ms. Rachel Carson, an outstanding American writer, environmental activist, and County resident, by conserving 650 acres in the Brookeville area of Montgomery County in her name. This park is one of the county’s premier conservation areas and best natural areas with...
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgher channels Rachel Carson in one-woman show ‘Imagining Rachel’

Elise Robertson is embarrassed to admit that the first time she stumbled across Rachel Carson’s name wasn’t while growing up in Western Pennsylvania. The Franklin Park native is now a veteran actor, director and writer based in Los Angeles. Carson first appeared on Robertson’s radar while she researched a potential film project that she could write for herself. She noticed some striking similarities between herself and Carson, including their Scottish roots, that Carson grew up in nearby Springdale and their reverence for the natural world.