Saturday, July 30, 2022

Very much worth reading …

… Carson's "Silent Spring" fails test of time - The New York Times.

Carson used dubious statistics and anecdotes to warn of a cancer epidemic that never came to pass. She rightly noted threats to some birds, like eagles and other raptors, but she wildly imagined a mass "biocide." She warned that one of the most common American birds, the robin, was "on the verge of extinction" - an especially odd claim given the large numbers of robins recorded in Audubon bird counts before her book.

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