"Knowing what I do, there would be no future peace for me if I kept silent... It is, in the deepest sense, a privilege as well as a duty to speak out to many thousands of people..." —Rachel Carson
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The Rachel Carson Council, an association for the integrity of the environment, founded in 1965, seeks to inform and advise the public about the effects of pesticides that threaten the health, welfare, and survival of living organisms and biological systems. The Council promotes alternative, environmentally benign pest management strategies to encourage healthier, sustainable living. ...more

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You Want A Microscope!!?

Think about what to get your young Rachel Carson this holiday.

Diversity in science is a very good thing. A study in 2004 showed that diversity outweighed ability as a contributing factor to effective group problem-solving. Climate change and its solutions ought to be studied and addresses by scientists but women are still underrepresented in science to the tune of one woman for every three men in STEM fields ...more

Outcomes of the Lima Climate Negotiations

The 20th session of the Conference of the Parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change came to a close on December 14, 2014. Delegations from nearly 200 countries set the stage for a new climate agreement—to be struck this time next year in Paris and take effect in 2020—that will apply to all parties and will constitute an essential step in the effort to curb global emissions ...Full article

President Obama Takes Action to Protect Bristol Bay, Alaska

The President's action places a national treasure—and one of the nation's most productive fisheries—off limits for oil and gas leasing. Alaskans have been fighting to preserve Bristol Bay for decades ...more

Newspapers Complicit in Selling Phony "War on Coal"

A new study shows that American newspapers push the coal industry's misleading narrative.

There are a number of reasons why the tide has turned against the coal industry around the globe. Coal is the single largest source of global warming pollution—while coal-fired power represents only 39% of all electricity generated in the U.S., according to the EPA, it is responsible for 75% if carbon emissions ...Full article

Find Your State's Climate Change Action Plan

A climate change action plan can include specific policy recommendations and a strategy that a state will use to address climate change and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions ...more


World's Best Climate Films Featured During the Lima Climate Talks

These documentary films from across the globe bring the global discussions between countries back down to a human level-sharing stories of how climate change is already affecting some of the world's most vulnerable peoples ...more

Racing Extinction
From the directors of The Cover, Racing Extinction exposes you to these threats we're facing around the world and takes you to the front lines in places never-before-seen with artists and activists that will forever change the way you view the planet ...more

A Life Less Toxic: Episode 1
Environmental Media Association visits the Naturepedic Factory to learn about organic mattresses. Inspiration and educational 5-minute video can be life-changing to a family's health and safety! Watch video

Sneak Preview!
President Obama's first-ever television interview completely dedicated to climate change. Watch video

The Years of Living Dangerously
Winner of 2014 Emmy Awards - Outstanding Nonfiction Series: This Showtime television show features Hollywood actors and award-winning journalists bring the controversial topic of climate change to the screen. Watch the first full episode

Climate Deal Would Commit Every Nation to Limiting Emissions

The agreement reached in Lima, Peru, would be a breakthrough in 20 years of efforts by the United Nations to create a serious global warming accord, but it fall short of what scientists say is needed. Top officials from nearly 200 nations agreed to the first deal committing every country in the world to reducing fossil fuel emissions that cause global warming ...Full article

Will New Technologies Give Critical Boost to Solar Power?

Promising new technologies, including more efficient photovoltaic cells that can harvest energy across the light spectrum, have the potential to dramatically increase solar power generation in the next 2 decades ...more

Delmarva Fox Squirrel Removed from Endangered Species List

The Delmarva Fox Squirrel, one of the first animals protected under the federal Endangered Species Act a half-century ago, has rebounded, prompting federal Interior Secretary Sally Jewell's announcement that it will be removed from the Endangered Species list. Federal officials believe that the recovery both in squirrel numbers and re-expansion into its native range make the species able to withstand future threats ...more

NOAA: Globe Sets
5th Hottest-Month Record of 2014

Despite a bitter U.S. cold snap, the glove is rushing hell-bent toward its warmest year on record with last month setting the fifth monthly heat record of the year. "It is becoming pretty clear that 2014 will end up as the warmest year on record," said Deke Arndt, climate monitoring chief for NOAA's National Climate Data Center in Asheville, NC. "The remaining question is: How much?" ...Full article

See the latest facts about climate change with charts, graphs and information from the new Third Edition
of the EPA's Climate Indicators

The Earth's climate is changing. Temperatures are rising, snow and rainfall patterns are shifting, and more extreme climate events—live heavy rainstorms and record high temperatures—are already taking place ...More

Faith, Science & Action

Move Clean Energy
Forward in Maryland!

Our Food Supply is Being Threatened
by Alarming Rates of Honeybee Deaths

1 out of every 3 bites of food we eat
is dependent on our honeybees!

As a member of the Smart on Pesticides Coalition, RCC is working to protect Marylanders and the natural systems we depend upon from the toxic impacts of pesticides. Honeybees are dying at alarming rate around the world; Maryland beekeepers have been losing approximately 30% of their hives every year for the past decade. Scientists believe neonicitinoid pesticides are partly to blame. Tell Maryland elected officials that you support restricting the use of pesticides known to kill and harm bees and wildlife! ...Full article and petition

Groundbreaking Maps Detail Acidity of the Earth's Oceans

A team of scientists at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and the University of Colorado at Boulder have published a groundbreaking set of maps that offer a comprehensive picture of the acidity of the Earth's oceans as they absorb climate change-causing cargon emissions, causing changes to marine ecosystems ...Full article and maps

2014 State of the
Nation's River Report:
River Friendly Growth

Potomac Conservancy's 2014 State of the Nation's River report calls for urgent action to preserve local water quality in the face of rapid urbanization and deforestation. The report draws attention to several threats facing the Potomac including:

• Loss of Healthy Forests in the rural parts of the region
• Sprawl in growing suburban communities
• Aging sewer infrastructure in the urban area

Full article and report

Here Comes the Sun: America's Solar Boom, in Charts

Mother Jones recently posted an article in which an energy analyst at Deutsche Bank concluded that by 2016, solar power will be as cheap or cheaper than electricity from the conventional grid in every state except 3. That's without any change in existing policy! ...Full article with charts and infographics

The Case Against Chlorpyrifos
The Long Battle Over Pesticides, Birth Defects and Mental Impairment

by Dr. Janette D. Sherman, MD

The recent number of articles in the popular press concerning loss of intellect among children exposed to chlorpyrifos is important in the case of this pesticide. Although in-home use of chlorpyrifos was restricted in the U.S. in 2000, it is widely used in agriculture, and is a serious risk to health and intellect for people working and living in proximity to fields. Detectable levels of chlorpyrifos detected in New York City children, raises the question of exposure via food ...Full article

You can help with the birds and the bees! Help update our new organic landscaping map!

Find bee, butterfly and bird friendly landscape and garden supplies here. Just click on our new map of nursery and garden supplies stores and centers to find them. Then you can help by sending information about bee-friendly and organic centers near you directly to the Rachel Carson Council (RCC) so we can share them with our members, supporters and friends around the country! Send us an email or call 301-214-2400 with your information.

Our thanks to our environmental colleagues at Friends of the Earth who were the first to start gathering this data and to our Sustainable Landscape intern, Brandi Metzger of Oberlin College, who has created the Rachel Carson Council map! Check it out!

RCC's President
Dr. Bob Musil on Fall Campus Tour

The RCC's President, Robert K. Musil, Ph.D., M.P.H., is going coast to coast this Fall on college campuses. At each stop, Musil talks about the importance of environmental leadership, student and faculty engagement, the role of Rachel Carson and other women in the environmental movement, and how citizens can make a difference in battling global climate change, toxic chemicals, fracking, and more. Musil also has been discussing and signing his most recent book, Rachel Carson and Her Sisters: Extraordinary Women Who Have Shaped America's Environment (Rutgers, 2014) while signing up students, faculty and schools for the Rachel Carson Campus Network ...more

Cascadian Farm 'Bee Friendlier' Effort Enlists Public to Help Protect Insects

Alarm has grown in recent years over the widespread loss of bee colonies, not just because of the canary-in-the-coal-mine implications about how factors like pesticides and parasites might be to blame, but also for a more direct reason: Bees polinate an estimated 75% of food crops ...more

Great Resource for Environmental Activists

Climate Change Fact Sheet: Polling the American Public on Climate Change 2014

This fact sheet provides information on climate change polling in the United States over the last year from a variety of sources. Overall, the studies show:

Belief that climage change is happening and is caused by human actions is continuing to rise.

There is still a large disparity along party lines, with a large majority of Democrats believing that human actions are changing the climate, while fewer Republicans hold the same belief.

There is support for somewhat higher electricity bills if it means decreasing carbon dioxide pollution ...more

Serious About Saving the Bees?
Time to rethink agriculture

There is much more to "saving the bees" than spring flowers and a golden mascot. We need mulitcultural pollinator communities if we want to keep eating our favorite foods ...more

RCC President Robert Musil was a guest on local NPR affiliate WITF's "Smart Talk" discussing Rachel Carson and his new book Rachel Carson and Her Sisters ...full article & audio

New Study Shows Huge Methane Emissions 'Hot Spot' Found in U.S.

Credit: American Geophysical Union

The largest concentration of methane emissions seen in the U.S. over the past decade has been detected by satellite over the most active coal-bed methane production area in the country — the Four Corners of New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Arizona, according to a new study published Thursday.

The study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, shows that methane emissions from traditional oil and gas development are significantly underestimated over large scales. The hot spot covers about 2,500 square miles over the Four Corners area ...Full article

Scientists: Fracking Wastewater Poses Threat to Drinking Water

Every year, hundreds of billions of gallons of wastewater are produced by fracking operations across America. Some of that water gets stored in manmade ponds, some of it is injected underground, and some of it is treated and put back into rivers ...Full article

Map Shows Rise in Temperature Trends  in the US by State

Based on thermometer records from weather stations you can click on your state and see how temperatures have changed.  This site compares the global warming with temperature trends at local levels ...Find your state

Is nuclear power renewable?
Not if you look at where uranium comes from...

India's Nuclear Nightmare:
The Village of Birth Defects

Indian court trying to unravel mystery of sick and disabled children, miscarriages and fatal cancers around country's first uranium mine ...Full article

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Rachel Carson is famous for her best-selling environmental writing. She ignited the modern ecogical movement. But Rachel also linked professors, doctors, public health specialists, and more on campuses around the nation.

The Rachel Carson Council carries on Rachel Carson's legacy and has begun to build today's network of Rachel Carson Campuses.

Join with us today and find out more about how your campus can connect to the Rachel Carson Campus network ...more

Featured Campus:

RCC President Bob Musil was the invited Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow during November for a week at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon ...more


Compendium of Pesticide Information

Songs for the Earth - A Tribute to Rachel Carson

35 Insecticides Used Around Dogs and Cats

Golf At A Crossroads

Rachel Carson Poster

Global Climate Change

No Toxins Lawn Sign


Special Donations to RCC

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Past Issues and News Items

Looking Ahead... News and Events

12/12/14: RCC President at Furman University

March 23-27, 2015

RCC President Rober K. Musil will be at Furman University in Greenville, SC
for a week-long residency.