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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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The Rachel Carson Council has inititated a new service and source for our members and activists. Check frequently for the latest in visual media of all kinds about the environment and environmental health issues — from chemicals to climate change. You'll also find great film festivals, conferences, short clips, and more at our new RCC web button "Environmental Media."


A Life Less Toxic: Epsiode 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

Classroom in the Wild:
Chesapeake Bay

Join leading environmental filmmakers for alternative spring break, March 7-14, on the Chesapeake Bay for this course open to students and non-students who want experience in making top-notch nature films. Interested non-American University students should contact Chris Palmer at palmer@american.edu or call 202-885-3408 ...Full details

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

Harvard Students Go To Court Over Climate Change

A group of Harvard students frustrated by the university's refusal to shed fossil fuel stocks from its investment portfolios, is looking beyond protests and resolutions to a new form of pressure: the courts ...Full article

Faith, Science & Action

Move Clean Energy
Forward in Maryland!

What the U.S. and China Really Said About Climate Change Targets

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

Showdown Looms as
California Eyes Pesticides

With organic food growers reporting double-digit growth in U.S. sales each year, producers are challenging a proposed California pest-management program they say enshrines a pesticide-heavy approach for decades to come, including compulsory spraying of organic crops a the state's discretion ...Full article

California's Strawberry Industry is
Hooked on Dangerous Pesticides

California's $2.6 billion strawberry industry relies on a class of pesticides called fumigants, which have been linked to cancer, developmental problems and ozone depletion. The industry's preferred fumigant, methyl bromide, was supposed to be banned in 2005, but California strawberry growers are largely the only ones in the developed world left using it ...Full article

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!

It's time to stop overuse of antibiotics on factory farms

Please join us by calling for a long-overdue change to our food system - one that will be healthier for people, more humane to animals, and better for the climate.

Overuse of antibiotics on factory farms is a leading contributor to antibiotic resistance in humans according to CDC. Factory farms also account for more thatn 30% of methane emissions ...more


The Economic and Climate Implications of Methane Emissions from the Oil & Gas Sector

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) invites you to a briefing examining methane emissions from the oil and gas sector. The EPA estimates that gas leaks from this sector are responsible for 29% of the U.S. methane emissions, although some think this estimate is low. Methane is a powerful climate warming pollutant - at least 84 times more powerful than carbon dioxide over the first 20 years after it is emitted. This briefing will discuss the current state of research on methane leakage, technologies to detect and reduce emissions, policay and regulatory options, and business implications and opportunities ...more

RC on Campus Update

RCC President Dr. Bob Musil spoke at Yale's Kroon Hall, posing several puzzlers to the audience of faculty and graduate students at Yale's venerable School of Forestry and Environmental Studies ...more

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 climae 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

Fracking company teams up with Susan G. Komen to 'End Breast Cancer Forever'

Take Action: Tell Susan G. Komen Don't Frack With Our Health

Susan G. Komen, the largest breast cancer organization in American with more than 100,000 volunteers and partnerships in more than 50 countries, has teamed up with Baker Hughes, one of the world's largest oilfield service companies with employees in more than 80 countires ...Full article

Here's What Happens When Evangelical Christians Debate Science

The stereotype of Evangelical Christians is that they are anti-science, and therefore don't believe in climate change. But in fact, they are deeply divided over environmental issues. A debate over climate change is raging in evangelical churches, fueled by conflicting interpretations of biblical scripture ...more

4 New Substances Added to List of Carcinogens

Four new substances have been added to the list of carcinogens compiled by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ...Full article

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


Chemical corporate giants Dow and Syngenta have asked the Environmental Protection Agency to authorize the expanded use of two highly toxic pesticides that could have deadly consequences for bees and other pollinators. Make your voice heard and tell the EPA to reject the companies' reckless proposal and protect bees from the devastating impacts of these two dangerous chemicals ...make your voice heard!

Is Your Child's School Protecting Them From Pesticide Chemcials?

Did you know that Maryland was the first state in the country to pass a law that established pesticides as a public health issue for children attending public schools? While it is a well-known fact that pesticides are impacting our children, there aren't many laws that actually protect our children from those toxic chemicals. But there is GOOD news ...more

Faculty joins students in the call for divestment. We're going streaking!

You may have already heard: Students concerned about climate change are demanding that university endowments divest from fossil fuel companies. A handful of institutions have already committed to divestment, and many others have at least offered comprimises ...Full article

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

MIT Study Suggest that
Health Benefits of Reducing Emissions Outweigh Costs Involved

Cutting carbon emissions from sources like power plants and vehicles can lower asthma rates and other health problems, a new study finds.

Many state have back out from implementing carbon emission reduction policies because of the high costs involved. However, a new study suggest that the health benefits that comes from breathing cleaner air more than makes up for these costs. The MIT study looked at 3 policies achieving the same reductions in the U.S. They found that the savings on health care spending and other costs related to illness can be big ...more

Unprecedented Investigation Finds Pennsylvania Prioritizes Fracking at Expense of Health, Environment & Law

Pennsylvania has been a hot spot for fracking—and many consequences of this from gas drilling in the state have come to light, from social to health to environmental costs, as well as controversies including contaminated drinking water in the town of Dimock, gag orders on doctors and victims, and the state health department's enforced silence on practice ...Full article

New RCC Report
on Climate Change

Ideal for classrooms, colleges, congregations, and individuals who want to understand the origins of religious environmentalism and how to work with religious Americans who care about global climate change.  Available as a free download, Behind the Wall: American Religion and Global Climate Change is the latest authoritive, yet readable report from the Rachel Carson Council and its President and CEO, Dr. Robert K. Musil ...more

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You shop. Amazon gives directly to the RCC! The Rachel Carson Council is now eligible for funding from the AmazonSmile Foundation! Further details


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

10/16/14: Bob Musil Lecture & Book Signing - Duke

RCC President will present a lecture followed by a book signing at Duke Nicholas School of the Environment on November 6, 2014

4:30 PM - Reception to follow