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Silent Spring

Author

Rachel Carson

Published Date

29-03-2017

Publisher

野人

ISBN

9789863841920

"Man's attitude toward nature is today critically important simply because we have now acquired a fateful power to alter and destroy nature. But man is a part of nature, and his war against nature is inevitably a war against himself.

About this book

Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, which in 1962 exposed the hazards of the pesticide DDT, persuasively questioned humanity's faith in technological progress and helped set the stage for the environmental movement. DDT, the most powerful pesticide the world had ever known, exposed nature's vulnerability. Developed in 1939, it first distinguished itself during World War II, clearing South Pacific islands of malaria-causing insects for U.S. troops while being used as an effective delousing powder in Europe. Silent Spring took Carson four years to complete. It meticulously described how DDT entered the food chain and accumulated in the fatty tissues of animals, including human beings, causing cancer and genetic damage. A single application on a crop, she wrote, killed insects for weeks and months—not only the targeted insects but countless more, and remained toxic in the environment even after it was diluted by rainwater. On a CBS documentary about Silent Spring shortly before her death from breast cancer in 1964, she remarked, "Man's attitude toward nature is today critically important simply because we have now acquired a fateful power to alter and destroy nature. But man is a part of nature, and his war against nature is inevitably a war against himself. We are challenged as mankind has never been challenged before to prove our maturity and our mastery, not of nature, but of ourselves."

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