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RCC has joined a
group of environmental organizations in cosigning
a letter asking our government to take action to protect bees from Neonicotinoid pesticides.
Bees and other pollinators are responsible for one third of the food we eat.
RCC joined over 60 other environmental organizations to cosign Save-Bees.org's letter to our government supporting Saving America's Pollinators Act, H.R. 2692
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ECOLOGICAL NUISANCE BIRD MANAGEMENT
Given the increase in starling, pigeon, Canada geese and English sparrow populations in urban areas, people often perceive these reproductively successful birds as a nuisance. These birds may be looked upon as wildlife neighbors or disparaged as pests. Controlling "nuisance" birds with the least harm to the environment is a challenge. Methods using the birds' natural responses are preferred and should be consistant with the laws protecting songbirds and other migrants ...more
Songbirds and Chemical Pesticides Can Be A Risky Combination
Residential pesticide use can adversly impact songbirds. Details of the USEPA methods for estimating pesticides' risk to wildlife as well as disclosures from a 2013 Congressional Briefing on birds and insecticides are provided here. This information raises questions about applications of chemical pesticides to places where birds are welcome guests ...more
Action to Protect Pollinators
USEPA has taken a modest step to protect bees and other insect pollinators from four hazardous neonicotinoid insecticides (imidacloprid, dinotefuran, clothianidin and thiamethoxam) ...more
Over 50 Years of Work by the U.K.'s Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT): Reflections on Silent Spring and What the Critics Are Saying
Silent Spring's 50th anniversary resulted in many tributes including a scholarly article from Gillian Gooderham, colleague at the U.K.'s Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, about the historic connection between Silent Spring and the Trust ...more
A Killer Chemical Strikes in India
In July 2013, the world learned of a heart-rending report that 23 children died and a number became ill after eating a free school lunch in Bihar, one of the poorest states in India. The children showed symptoms of organophosphate poisoning: vomiting, stomach cramps and convulsions. ...more
Support "Save America's Pollinators Act of 2013"
Please sign on to the petition showing that you favor this legislation.
In Silent Spring, Rachel Carson advocated pollinator protection from pesticides.
The Save America's Pollinators Act of 2013 has been proposed by Congressman Earl Blumenauer and co-sponsored by Representative John Conyers to carry forward the concerns that Rachel Carson began in Silent Spring.
Chemists Change Their Outlook
re Rachel Carson's Silent Spring
In a stunning turnaround, the American Chemical Society (ACS) has come to honor a book that members had forcefully criticized 50 years earlier. (Wang, N. "Landmark for Silent Spring," Chemical & Engineering News) ...more
Rachel Carson's friend, Marjorie Spock, an organic farmer, was one of the first citizens to take action against the widespread, heedless use of pesticides which characterize America in the 1950s. She and others attempted to obtain a permanent injunction against the federal and state governments for applying DDT on Long Island. The case went all the way to the Supreme Court and attracted the attention of Rachel Carson.
Correspondence between Rachel Carson and Marjorie Spock is in the Yale University library ...more
RCC's MINI GUIDE to
What is a Neonictinoid? ...more
Donors age 70.5 or older are eligible in 2013 to transfer up to $100,000 from their IRAs to qualifying organizations like Rachel Carson Council without paying income taxes on the transferred money.
Your tax deductible gift must be postmarked no later than January 31, 2014 in order to qualify. ...more
We will comment regularly on issues from a perspective that has been shaped by Rachel Carson's work and the opportunity to observe nature from an inspiring location – the Rachel Carson Legacy House – where she wrote Silent Spring ...more
"Letters from Rachel Carson,
A Young Scientist Sets Her Course"©
an unpublished manuscript by Dorothy Thompson Seif ...more
(Rachel Carson Council owns the copyright on this manuscript)
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Looking Ahead... News and Events
- 07/26/13: Rachel Carson Statue Unveiled
On Sunday afternoon, 14 July 2013, a bronze statue of Rachel Carson was unveiled at the Waterfront Park in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Carson spent several summers in Woods Hole, and the village and its institutions were central to her career and the writing of her three books about the sea.