Silent Spring

1962 book by Rachel Carson on the environment / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Silent Spring is an environmental science book by Rachel Carson.[1] Published on September 27, 1962, the book documented the environmental harm caused by the indiscriminate use of pesticides. Carson accused the chemical industry of spreading disinformation, and public officials of accepting the industry's marketing claims unquestioningly.

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Silent Spring
Cover of the first edition
AuthorRachel Carson
CountryUnited States
PublishedSeptember 27, 1962 (Houghton Mifflin)
Media typePrint (hardcover · paperback)

In the late 1950s, Carson began to work on environmental conservation, especially environmental problems that she believed were caused by synthetic pesticides. The result of her research was Silent Spring, which brought environmental concerns to the American public. The book was met with fierce opposition by chemical companies, but it swayed public opinion and led to a reversal in U.S. pesticide policy, a nationwide ban on DDT for agricultural uses,[2] and an environmental movement that led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.[3][4]

In 2006, Silent Spring was named one of the 25 greatest science books of all time by the editors of Discover magazine.[5]

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