Saving the Earth . Environmental Issues . Environmental Awareness. Arose in the 60’s and 70’s Dangers of pesticides DDT Wildlife Pollution Air and water quality.
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“There was a strange stillness. The birds, for example – where had they gone? Many people spoke of them, puzzled and disturbed…On the mornings that had once throbbed with the dawn chorus of robins… doves, jays…and scores of other bird voices there was now no sound; only silence lay over the fields and woods and marsh.”Popularity
Why do you think this book is called silent spring?
Why should we care about these issues?
For Example: (Notes not needed)
Regulating air pollution – good for environment
However, it may drive up cost of goods, allowing fewer people to buy them, thereby decreasing jobs, and leading to poverty.
(Externality is an unintended third-party consequence from an action. The negative externality of regulating air pollution in this case would be poverty).
“The American automobile is produced exclusively to the standards which the manufacturer decides to establish. It comes into the marketplace unchecked. When a car becomes involved in an accident, the entire investigatory, enforcement and claims apparatus that makes up the post-accident response looks almost invariably to driver failure as the cause…Accommodated by superficial standards of accident investigation, the car manufacturers exude presumptions of engineering excellence and reliability, and this reputation is accepted by many unknowing motorists.”Consumer Movement