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Mariam Selevany Dr. Fleisher 11-9-10 Topic Outline: From “Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson One Chapter: “The Obligation to Endure” Introduction: The theme of this chapter is that I. Man has the power to alter the nature of the world. A. Contamination i. Earth ii. Air iii. Rivers/Sea B. Irreversible damage i. Strontium 90 ii. Spray Chemicals iii. Albert Schweitzer II. Life adjusts to its inhabitants on Earth A. Pace of nature i. Radiation 1. Cosmic Rays/Ultraviolent ii. Chemicals 1. Calcium/Silica/Copper B. Pace of man i. Radiation 1. Tampering of atom ii. Chemicals 1. Synthetic Chemicals (500 yearly) III. Man’s synthetic creations are at war with nature A. Attack “pests” i. Kills every insect-Good/Bad B. Unsuccessful attack i. Insects become immune ii. “Flareback” C. Contamination of environment i. Gene Mutations D. “Pesticides are necessary for farmers” i. Overproduction ii. Surplus-food storage program IV. Insects conflicting with human welfare.
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