Silent Spring remains a landmark for environmentalists. It is rooted in sound science but also has vital moral and emotional dimensions. It exposes the dangers of pesticides and sets out the consequences for nature and people in clear and persuasive terms. And though dangerous chemicals are still in use and still causing harm, its publication helped avert a worse catastrophe.
Bihar, a state with some of India’s most sophisticated ancient history, now has some of its deepest-rooted problems. Political crossroads are here again with this month’s state government elections, and vying politicians are promising renewable energy to win votes.
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