This series profiles scientists who have been threatened with legal attacks or harassed by politically and ideologically motivated groups. Michael Mann, a Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Pennsylvania State University and director of the University’s Earth System Science Center, is known for his research reconstructing past climate — work that led to Mann being harassed by the anti-science movement for 20 years.
On Monday, July 17, the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund (CSLDF) filed an amicus, or “friend of the court,” brief asking the Arizona Court of Appeals to protect scientists from intrusive open record requests. In the case, the Energy and Environment Legal Institute (E&E Legal), which has a history of misusing state open records laws, is demanding the release of 13 years’ worth of email communications, and prepublication analyses and drafts belonging to University of Arizona climate scientists Malcolm Hughes and Jonathan Overpeck.
We’re excited to share that Lauren Kurtz, our executive director, is one of 20 nominees for the inaugural Pritzker Emerging Environmental Genius Award, given to honor and support environmental leaders under the age of 40 who are driving change for the benefit of the plant. The award comes with a $100,000 prize meant to fuel the recipient’s innovative ideas and help accelerate their success.
This series profiles scientists who have been threatened with legal attacks or harassed by politically and ideologically motivated groups. Andrew Dessler, a professor of atmospheric sciences and the Earl F. Cook Professor of Geosciences at Texas A&M University, studies the response of clouds to climate change. Dessler was targeted by an anti-science group in 2012 after talking with the media.
We’re pleased to announce that we're launching a second round of our new Campus Representative Program and are seeking law professors to join the program. We’ve received additional interest in participating in the Campus Representatives program, and are holding an additional webinar-based training session for those who would like to join the program.
We’re on a mission to defend the scientific endeavor. And now, when you make a gift in support of our work it will go twice as far. That's because Charles Zeller, one of our board members, has generously offered to match donations, dollar for dollar, up to $50,000. All of our legal and educational initiatives are made possible by the generosity, enthusiasm, and dedication of our supporters, and the contributions we receive are immediately put to use protecting scientists.
This series profiles scientists who have been threatened with legal attacks or harassed by politically and ideologically motivated groups. Malcolm Hughes is a dendroclimatologist and former director of the Laboratory for of Tree-Ring Research at the University of Arizona. Hughes has been on the cutting edge of using the data from tree rings in the broader field of climate research; he’s also been targeted by climate contrarians for almost 20 years.
On Friday, April 28, 2017 we hosted a workshop at Columbia Law School for the 17 law professors participating in our new Campus Rep Program. Motivated by a shared desire to defend climate science, these attorneys have volunteered to help scientists on their campuses understand how to protect themselves against harassment and legal attacks.
The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund, an official partner of the March for Science, has released an educational pamphlet, “March for Science: Know Your Rights” to help science advocates ensure that their march-related activities are constitutionally protected. The brochure is available as a free download to print and share. We’ll also mail copies free of charge to academic departments, organizations, and individuals to distribute.
The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund is pleased to announce that it is an official partner of the March for Science, which will occur in Washington D.C. on April 22, 2017 and at more than 400 satellite locations around the world. The mission of the March — call to support publicly communicated scientific research and evidence-based policies — is closely aligned with our mission to protect the scientific endeavor.