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In the Footsteps of Rachel Carson: Harnessing Earth’s Healing Power

In the Footsteps of Rachel Carson

Author: Patricia DeMarco
Paperback: 218 pages
Publisher:‎ Urban Press (December 3, 2022)
Originally Published: December 3, 2022
ISBN-10: 1633602036
ISBN-13: 978-1633602038

Patricia DeMarco has led a remarkable life, walking in the footsteps of environmental icon Rachel Carson.
In doing so, Patricia has forged her own path through the same challenges Rachel faced. In her latest book, In the Footsteps of Rachel Carson, Patricia shares her journey, the lessons learned, and her hope and concern for the future of this planet we all call home.

Patricia DeMarco is a local, regional, national, and global treasure, as well as being my personal hero. In the Steps of Rachel Carson she takes us with her through the jungles of Brazil to the snowy Alaskan wilderness, beginning and ending in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, her beloved hometown. Patricia shares her journey with us as she battles cancer, misogyny, big business, and corporate greed along the way—always sustained by family, flora, and fauna. Patricia provides an important message throughout her memoir that "the laws of nature are non-negotiable.” We would do well to heed her warning. — Your Spiritual Journey Podcaster, Bob Dove PhD

“In these times of ecological and social crises, it’s easy to lose our way, to become heartbroken and discouraged. In these inspiring and intimate essays, Patty DeMarco’s footsteps and those of Rachel Carson show us a path forward. May the examples of these world-changing women engender the next generation of Rachel Carsons we so desperately need.” — Lou Leonard, Dean of the Falk School of Sustainability, Chatham University

There's Poison All Around Us Now

[Excerpt] Poisoning people is wrong. Yet, for the sake of "controlling" all kinds of insects, fungi and weed plants, people today are being poisoned on a scale that the infamous Borgias never dreamed of. Cancer-inducing chemicals-remain as residues in virtually everything we eat or drink. A continuation of present programs that use poisonous chemicals will soon exterminate much of our wild life and man as well. So claims Rachel Carson in her provocative new book, Silent Spring.

Basic Guide to Pesticides: Their Characteristics and Hazards

Basic Guide to Pesticides: Their Characteristics and Hazards

Author: Rachel Carson Counsel Inc.
Hardcover: 316 pages
Publisher: CRC Press; 1 edition (September 21, 1992)
Originally Published: 1992
ISBN-10: 1560322535
ISBN-13: 978-1560322535

Basic Guide to Pesticides covers the physical properties of about 700 pesticides and their contaminants and related health hazards. It is important in dealing with environmental problems in general and individual cases.


Shirley A. Briggs, Carson's friend, spent years as Director of the Rachel Carson Council.

Our Stolen Future

Author: Theo Colborn, Dianne Dumanoski & John Peter Meyers
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Plume; First Printing edition (March 1, 1997)
Originally Published: 1996
ISBN-10: 0452274141
ISBN-13: 978-0452274143

Our Stolen Future

Our Stolen Future: Are We Threatening Our Fertility, Intelligence, and Survival?--A Scientific Detective Story

Our Stolen Future: Are We Threatening Our Fertility, Intelligence, and Survival? A Scientific Detective Story is a 1996 book by Theo Colborn, Dianne Dumanoski, and John Peterson Myers. The book chronicles the development of the endocrine disruptor hypothesis by Colborn. Though written for the popular press in narrative form, the book contains a substantial amount of scientific evidence. A foreword from then Vice President Al Gore increased the book's visibility. It ultimately influenced government policy through congressional hearings and helped foster the development of a research and regulation initiative within the EPA.

Quick Fall of Light

Quick Fall of Light

Author: Sherrida Woodley
Paperback: 298 pages
Publisher: Gray Dog Press (July 1, 2010)
Originally Published: July 1, 2010
ISBN-10: 1936178184
ISBN-13: 978-1936178186

Quick Fall of Light is a novel about a bird flu pandemic, a woman and an "extinct" bird who are caught in its deadly approach, and the extraordinary relationship between them. The bird in the story is America's passenger pigeon, historically extinct for almost 100 years. Yet, a colony has been harbored safely and secretly for many years in Quick Fall, in the Olympic Rain Forest of Washington State. It is here where the story begins, and the mystery of the bird's survival becomes the key to saving mankind. I've been told the premise is profound and moving with advance praise from writers and naturalists, including Sy Montgomery, Jeffrey Masson, and Rachel Carson's biographer, Linda Lear. Highly recommended for readers who've considered the probabilities of a biotechnical disaster up against the unpredictable turns of nature--this time a spellbinding bird. I hope you find it an interesting, inspiring read.

Living Downstream

Author: Sandra Steingraber
Paperback: 440 pages
Publisher: Da Capo Press (March 23, 2010)
Originally Published: 2010
ISBN-10: 0306818698
ISBN-13: 978-0306818691

Living Downstream

The first edition of Living Downstream -- an exquisite blend of precise science and engaging narrative -- set a new standard for scientific writing. Poet, biologist, and cancer survivor, Steingraber uses all three kinds of experience to investigate the links between cancer and environmental toxins.

The updated science in this exciting new edition strengthens the case for banning poisons now pervasive in our air, our food, and our bodies. Because synthetic chemicals linked to cancer come mostly from petroleum and coal, Steingraber shows that investing in green energy also helps prevent cancer. Saving the planet becomes a matter of saving ourselves and an issue of human rights. A documentary film based on the book will coincide with publication.

DDT and the American Century

DDT and the American Century

Author: David Kinkela
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; Reprint edition (August 1, 2013)
Originally Published: 2011
ISBN-10: 1469609770
ISBN-13: 978-1469609775

DDT and the American Century: Global Health, Environmental Politics, and the Pesticide That Changed the World (The Luther H. Hodges Jr. and Luther H. ... Entrepreneurship, and Public Policy)

Praised for its ability to kill insects effectively and cheaply and reviled as an ecological hazard, DDT continues to engender passion across the political spectrum as one of the world's most controversial chemical pesticides. In DDT and the American Century, David Kinkela chronicles the use of DDT around the world from 1941 to the present with a particular focus on the United States, which has played a critical role in encouraging the global use of the pesticide. The banning of DDT in the United States in 1972 is generally regarded as a signal triumph for the American environmental movement. Yet DDT's function as a tool of U.S. foreign policy and its use in international development projects designed to solve problems of disease and famine made it an integral component of the so-called American Century. The varying ways in which scientists, philanthropic foundations, corporations, national governments, and transnational institutions assessed and adjudicated the balance of risks and benefits of DDT within and beyond America's borders, Kinkela argues, demonstrates the gap that existed between global and U.S. perspectives on DDT. DDT and the American Century offers a unique approach to understanding modern environmentalism in a global context.

Bob Hines - National Wildlife Artist

Author: John Juriga
Paperback: 220 pages
Publisher: Beaver's Pond Press (February 2, 2012)
Originally Published: February 2012
ISBN-10: 1592984401
ISBN-13: 978-1592984404

Bob Hines - National Wildlife Artist

As Bob Hines imbued his wildlife subjects with vitality in his artwork, John D. Juriga brings life to Hines's remarkable talent and career in his captivating biography, Bob Hines: National Wildlife Artist. Hines, a gifted self-taught artist, found his calling during the darkness of the Great Depression, turning to art as a means of sharing the richness in nature's beauty. His career brought him from designing the 1946 Federal Duck Stamp to joining the US Fish and Wildlife Service where he managed the competition for over thirty years, earning him the nickname of "Mr. Duck Stamp Contest." His collaboration with Rachel Carson and other luminaries placed him on the cusp of the environmental movement in the United States. Celebrating the centennial of Hines's birth, this richly illustrated volume will appeal to wildlife enthusiasts and Duck Stamp collectors alike, as well as those interested in the history of conservation in the United States.

Looking for the Goshawks

Looking for the Goshawks

Author: Conor Mark Jameson
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (May 21, 2015)
Originally Published: 2013
ISBN-10: 147292259X
ISBN-13: 978-1472922595

The book traces Conor Jameson's travels in search of the Goshawk, a magnificent yet rarely seen (in Britain at least) raptor. Each episode of the narrative arises from personal experience, investigation, and the unearthing of information from research, exploration and conversations.

The journey takes him from an encounter with a stuffed Goshawk in a glass case, through travels into supposed Goshawk territories in Britain, to Berlin -- where he finds the bird at ease in the city. Why, he wants to know, is the bird so rarely seen in Britain? He explores the politics of birdwatching, the sport of falconry and the impact of persecution on the recent history of the bird in Britain and travels the length of Britain, through central Europe and the USA in search of answers to the goshawk mystery. Throughout his journey he is inspired by the writings of T H White who told of his attempts to tame a Goshawk in his much-loved book.

It's a gripping tale on the trail of a most mysterious and charismatic bird.

The Narrow Edge

Author: Deborah Cramer
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Yale University Press (April 26, 2016)
Originally Published: April 28, 2015
ISBN-10: 0300219695
ISBN-13: 978-0300219692

The Narrow Edge

Thousands of ravenous tiny shorebirds race along the water's edge of Delaware Bay, feasting on pin-sized horseshoe-crab eggs. Fueled by millions of eggs, the migrating red knots fly on. When they arrive at last in their arctic breeding grounds, they will have completed a near-miraculous 9,000-mile journey that began in Tierra del Fuego.

Deborah Cramer followed these knots, whose numbers have declined by 75 percent, on their extraordinary odyssey from one end of the earth to the other—from an isolated beach at the tip of South America all the way to the icy tundra. In her firsthand account, she explores how diminishing a single stopover can compromise the birds' entire journey, and how the loss of horseshoe crabs—ancient animals that come ashore but once a year—threatens not only the survival of red knots but also human well-being: the unparalleled ability of horseshoe-crab blood to detect harmful bacteria in vaccines, medical devices, and intravenous drugs safeguards human health. Cramer offers unique insight into how, on an increasingly fragile and congested shore, the lives of red knots, horseshoe crabs, and humans are intertwined. She eloquently portrays the tenacity of small birds and the courage of many people who, bird by bird and beach by beach, keep red knots flying.

Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel

Beyond Words:
What Animals Think and Feel

Author: Carl Safina
Hardcover: 480 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.; 2nd edition (July 14, 2015)
Originally Published: July 14, 2015
ISBN-10: 0805098887
ISBN-13: 978-0805098884

Weaving decades of field observations with exciting new discoveries about the brain, Carl Safina's landmark book offers an intimate view of animal behavior to challenge the fixed boundary between humans and nonhuman animals. In Beyond Words, readers travel to Amboseli National Park in the threatened landscape of Kenya and witness struggling elephant families work out how to survive poaching and drought, then to Yellowstone National Park to observe wolves sort out the aftermath of one pack's personal tragedy, and finally plunge into the astonishingly peaceful society of killer whales living in the crystalline waters of the Pacific Northwest.

Beyond Words brings forth powerful and illuminating insight into the unique personalities of animals through extraordinary stories of animal joy, grief, jealousy, anger, and love. The similarity between human and nonhuman consciousness, self-awareness, and empathy calls us to re-evaluate how we interact with animals. Wise, passionate, and eye-opening at every turn, Beyond Words is ultimately a graceful examination of humanity's place in the world.


Pathways to Our Sustainable Future

Author: Patricia M. DeMarco
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press; 1 edition
Originally Published: September 15, 2017
ISBN-10: 0822965011
ISBN-13: 978-0822965015

Pathways to Our Sustainable Future

Pittsburgh has a rich history of social consciousness in calls for justice and equity. Today, the movement for more sustainable practices is rising in Pittsburgh. Against a backdrop of Marcellus shale gas development, initiatives emerge for a sustainable and resilient response to the climate change and pollution challenges of the twenty-first century. People, institutions, communities and corporations in Pittsburgh are leading the way to a more sustainable future.

Examining the experience of a single city, with all of its social and political complexities and long industrial history, allows a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities inherent in adapting to a changing world. Choices for more sustainable pathways for the future include transforming the energy system, restoring infertile ground, and preventing pollution through green chemistry production. Throughout the book, case studies responding to ethical challenges give specific examples of successful ways forward. Inspired by Rachel Carson’s voice of precaution in protecting the Earth, this is a book about empowerment and hope.

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