Books et al.Environment

Envisioning a different future

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Science  01 Jul 2016:
Vol. 353, Issue 6294, pp. 37-38
DOI: 10.1126/science.aag1405

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Nearly 40 years after Rachel Carson highlighted the dangers of DDT to wildlife, its use and that of a range of other organic pollutants became tightly restricted through the ratification of the Stockholm Convention. But as George Woodwell argues in his latest book, A World to Live In, key lessons that might have been gleaned from the DDT story have not been learned, with devastating consequencesfor life on our planet. A leading ecologist with decades of experience in the effects of disturbance on ecosystems, Woodwell shows that diverse industrial activities—from nuclear power production to fossil-fuel burning to contemporary agricultural practices—are affecting the chemical processes that underpin all life on Earth.