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We humans dislike facing up to unpleasant truths, Notebook

We humans dislike facing up to unpleasant truths

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.

By | Notebook, Opinion, Science & Technology | Thursday, 14 June 2012 at 10:45 am

50 years on and the DDT debates continue, Notebook

50 years on and the DDT debates continue

“Author of a pandemic slaughtering millions…Eco-imperialist…Responsible for more deaths than Hitler, Stalin and Pol Pot combined…” Rachel Carson would roll in her grave to hear the accusations aimed at her legacy.

By | Notebook, Opinion, Science & Technology | Monday, 11 June 2012 at 10:05 am

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