History Repeats Itself June 29, 2012 : 3:14 PM

Fifty years ago when Silent Spring was released, author Rachel Carson was viciously attacked. Yale Environment 360 compares those assaults to what today’s climate scientists face:

“When Silent Spring was published in 1962, author Rachel Carson was subjected to vicious personal assaults that had nothing do with the science or the merits of pesticide use. Those attacks find a troubling parallel today in the campaigns against climate scientists who point to evidence of a rapidly warming world.”

“Yes, the more things change, the more they stay the same. More than a century and a half after Darwin's On the Origin of Species appeared, nearly half the adults in the United States still don't believe that evolution happens. And 50 years after the 1962 publication of Silent Spring, naysayers still rage from long-entrenched positions of ignorance at Rachel Carson and her ground-breaking critique of pesticide use.”

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