"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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Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen Introduces the Healthy Climate and Family Security Act of 2015

On February 24, Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) proposed HR 5721, the Health Climate and Family Security Act of 2015. The bill would create a 'carbon cap and divident' system, meaning 100% of the funds generated from autioning off carbon permits would be passed on equally to every US resident with a social security number.  ...more

Wright Brothers, Lindbergh, Earhart Here We Come!

When Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first sustained, powered heavier-than-air flight at the turn of the 20th century, few people who wwren't science fiction enthusiasts envisioned that their small craft was the precursor of a major mode of internatinal transportion.

So it's best not to scoff at Solar Impulse, a solar-powered airplane able to sustain flight at night with a pilot on board. The company is about to launch it on a round-the-world flight to demonstrate its capacity and draw attention to the potential of solar-powered flight ...Full article

We Are Already Seeing the First Examples of How Climate Change Will Leave Us All Thirsty

Climate change is reshaping the world in a big way. Rising temperatures, melting ice, and suging seas are just a few of the obvious effects that we're already observing. In fact, climate change is threatening one of our planet's most precious and necessary resources: our water ...Full article

Deeper Ties to Corporate Cash for
Doubtful Climate Researcher

Wei-Hock Soon of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, whose articles have been tied to corporate funding. Pete Marovich

For years, politicians wanting to block legislation on climate change have bolstered their arguements by pointing to the work of a handful of scientists who claim that greenhouse gases pose little risk to humanity ...Full article

Miami Is Already Sinking Under Rising Sea Levels

You don't have to look 85 years into the future to see what a sinking world looks like — you only need to look as far as Miami ...Full article

Students Compete to Develop Innovative Ways to Feed Future Cities

Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs have been extolled in the U.S. in recent years because American students consistently rank lower in math and science than their counterparts in other developed countries. The nonprofit DiscoverE encourages all students to participate in the Future City Competition ...Full article

8 Reasons to be Optimistic About the Climate Movement in 2015

  1. Fronline Communities are Leading
  2. Pope Francis will issue an edict on climate change
  3. Success of divestment movement
  4. New York banned fracking
  5. The year we stop the Keystone XL pipeline
  6. Kids putting climate change on trial
  7. Building toward Paris
  8. RYSE ...Full article

Selling Nuclear Power to a Wary Public

Essay: the sixty-year pitch

From a dancing housewife to Homer Simpson and beyond, here are some memorable moments in the long grind to sell nuclear power to a wary public ...more

Pig Poop Fouling North Carolina Streams

Streams near large factory pig farms have high levels of bacteria. Health groups are raising a stink.

Few people know the pig business like North Carolina's Don Webb.

Webb raised pigs in Wilson County, North Carolina, until, in the late '70s, residents told him the smell near his farms was unbearable. He tried some solutions. They didn't work ...more

Monsanto's Roundup Ready Crop System Puts Monarch Butterflies at Brink of Extinction

The Center for Food Safety (CFS) released a detailed, 80-page scientific report, Monarch in Peril: Heribide-Resistant Crops and the Decline of Monarch Butterfies in North America. The comprehensive report reveals the severe impacts of herbicide-resistant genetically engineering (GE) crops on the monarch population, which has plummeted over the past 20 years ...Full article

Chesapeake Bay Recovering But Still Under Stress, Report Finds

(Reuters) the ailing Chesapeake Bay is slowly recovering from pollution and overfishing but still has problems that include a drop by half in a key segment of the blue crab population, a report on the largest U.S. estuary said. The health snapshot from the Chesapeake Bay Program said the 64,000-square-mile watershed covering 6 states and the District of Columbia was threatened by rising sea levels, warmer water and urban development ...Full article

Rachel Carson on Campus Update

Have you ever wondered how sustainable your food on campus is? Sustainability Graduate Assistant, Christine Lacayo, with Students for Sustainability (SFS) and Topper TV at St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas go behind the scenes to get a better view of what striving for sustainability is all about at Bon Appétit Management Company ...Watch video

Coal Will Say Anything Beach Party video

This funny video is just one of Sierra Club's many "Coal Will Say Anything" series Watch video

U.S. Interior Department Plan:
Open Atlantic Coast to Offshore Drilling

The Interior Department's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's new five-year offshore drilling strategy calls for opening the offshore stretch from Virginia to Georgia, an area the energy industry says could hold large amounts of oil and gas.

The Obama administration proposes an unprecedented opening of the waters off the Atlantic coast for oil and natural gas drilling, even as it put vast areas in the Arctic off-limits.

Environmentalists and people who live on the coast fear a potential oil spill that could threaten the beaches that are the centerpiece of the tourism industry ...Full article

Humans Are Damaging the High Seas — Now the Oceans Are Doing Harm Back

About 3 billion people live within 100 miles of the sea, a number that could double in the next decade. It has long been clear that people are damaging the oceans — witness the melting of the Arctic ice in summer, the spread of oxygen-starved dead zones and the death of coral reefs. Now, the consequences of that damage are starting to be felt onshore ...Full article

Unexpected Toxics Are Surfacing with Fracking Fluid from Oil and Gas Wells

Researchers find alarming levels of ammonium and iodide in fracking wastewater released into Pennsylvania and West Virginia streams. The toxic substances, which can have a devastating impact on fish, ecosystems, and potentially human health, are extracted from geological formations along with natural gas and oil during both fracking and conventional drilling operations ...Full article

11 Earthquakes Rock Texas Fracking Heartland in 24 Hours

A recent study showed that a series of earthquakes outside of Youngstown, OH, were caused by the fracking operations in the area.

Now the area of Irving, TX, has been hit with a cluster of 112 earthquakes, ranging in magnitude from 1.7 to 3.6. Several of the quakes were felt throughout the metropolitan area, with Irving's emergency operations center receiving 100's of calls.

"The upsurge in quakes started in Texas around the time the oil and gas boom took hold several years ago.," reported StateImpactTexas. "Residents in many parts of the state blame them on wastewater dispolsal wells, where fluid byproducts of oil and gas drilling are pumped deep into the ground. Scientists have shown how injecting fluid into the ground can cause earthquakes." ...Full article


The Buzz on Bees

Approximately one third of all the food Americans eat is directly or indirectly derived from honey bee pollination.

There are nearly 20,000 species of bees living on every continent except Antarctica.

Honey is the only food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life, including water.

A queen bee can lay up to 3,000 eggs per day.

A worker bee in their short lifetime will fly the equivalent of 1 1/2 times the circumference of the earth? ...More on bees


Penguins, George Butler, Cuba and Climate Change: Environmental Film Festival Marks 23 Years in Washington, DC

The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Captial, March 17-29, is the largest and longest-running environmental film festival in the country and the largest film festival in Washington, DC. The festival presents over 160 films selected to provide fresh perspectives on a wide variety of environmental issues facing our planet ...more

Why should you buy Rainforest Alliance certified products?

Because they help cocoa farmes like Adrian improve their wages and take care of their local environment. A film that put a face to cocoa farmers


Oceans Campus Underwater Photography Program

Mossel Bay, South Africa

Looking for summer opportunities? Acquire the knowledge and skills required to mast the art of underwater photography while exploring the incredible diversity of the warm Indian Ocean.

Developed by internationally acclaimed underwater photography, jounalist and convervationist Fiona Ayerst, this course will empower students to see and explore the underwater realm in a totally new and intimate manner using high end DSLR cameras and accesories ...more

Eco-Comedy Video Competition The 2015 Eco-comedy Theme is "Clean Water, Clean Air" — $2,000 Prize

Sponsored by

Produce a short, humorous video for YouTube tackling this year's theme. The contest is open to anyone worldwide who has a flair for producing videos and something to say about conservation ...Full details

Environmental Photographer Competition
Check out these mesmerizing pictures from the Environmental Photographer Competition exposing climate change issues around the world! …more

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

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!


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

Occasionally donations are made to the Rachel Carson Council, in memory of or in honor of friends, relatives or special pets. You can find a list of these Special Donations here

Past Issues and News Items

Looking Ahead... News and Events

03/02/15: RCC President Robert K. Musil's Upcoming Campus Events

RCC President Robert K. Musil's Upcoming Campus Events

March 23-27, Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow

April 3, Lecture at University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

April 7-10, Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, Elon University, Elon, NC.

12/12/14: RCC President at Furman University

March 23-27, 2015

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