[Sust-mar] Quiet Spring: Fifty years since Rachel Carson
c.majka at ns.sympatico.ca
Wed Apr 25 18:53:26 EDT 2012
I've been considering writing something to mark the fiftieth
anniversary of the publication of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring and
the publication of "Historical pesticide applications coincided with
an altered diet of aerially foraging insectivorous chimney swifts" has
provided me with such an opportunity.
Despite the banning of DDT forty years ago bird populations are still
suffering the after-effects of this pesticide. And now, new threats in
the form of climate change confront them. Despite this, the federal
government appears not to have learned from environmental history.
Rather than increasing resources devoted to this area of vital
concern, it is instead scaling them back. Will we have to face a
silent future after all? Will no birds sing in a future spring?
Quiet Spring: Fifty years since Rachel Carson
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