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Anne Thomas
Posted 10/12/2012 16:51 (#1173)
Subject: Legacy of Silent Spring


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50 years since Silent Spring was first published. It made a huge impact
See this article
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/dec/07/why-rachel-carson-is-a-...

Unfortunately I'm not sure we've learnt our lesson at all. We still think we can control nature.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=GB&hl=en-GB&v=w7McbOMEbu8 We're still using chemicals when we don't know the effects and the chemical companies are still trying to cover it up.

See also Pandora's box with some footage of Rachel Carson the author of Silent Spring.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdiQiv3x6xM
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Anne Thomas
Posted 21/1/2013 13:13 (#1180 - in reply to #1173)
Subject: Re: Legacy of Silent Spring


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I've been reading 'Silent Spring Revisited' by Conor Jamieson of RSPB. There is a review here http://www.birdwatch.co.uk/channel/reviewitem.asp?review=3159. It provides a good summary of the highs and lows of the environmental movement in the last 50 years. Some disturbing facts though. There are probably 75% less birds around than 50 years ago, so whilst the spring is not actually silent it's a lot quieter than it was and once extremely common birds like sparrows and starlings are now comparatively rare. Whilst DDT was eventually banned here it is still used in some parts of the world and there are still residues here and whole new classes of pesticides are again causing mounting concern. The fight goes on....
There is a new EU report on neonictinoids out this week http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/jsass/european_govt_finds_neonic_...
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Wendy map
Posted 12/4/2013 20:28 (#1248 - in reply to #1180)
Subject: Re: Legacy of Silent Spring


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It is a really worrying fact that our birds are hugely in decline. My brother, a keen birdwatcher, is only too aware of this on the ground as he has recorded the trends over the last 30 years or more. Sadly I fear this is only the tip of the iceberg - many more species will disappear as climate change wreaks its havoc on the natural environment.
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