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Her prophetic Silent Spring (1962) became a best seller, creating worldwide awareness of the dangers of pollution. She studied and warned about the consequences of indiscriminate pesticide use, and the chemical industry fought back. There were threats of lawsuits, accusations that she distorted evidence, and some critics even branded her a communist. We remember biologist Rachel Carson this week, on the 100th anniversary of her birth.
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