Perspectives of Scientists Who Become Targets: John Mashey

John Mashey is a retired computer scientist and executive who worked at Bell Labs and in the Silicon Valley tech world. He’s deeply involved in fighting the anti-climate science machinery and writes regularly for DeSmogBlog, which counters climate change misinformation campaigns with facts. In 2015, two statisticians sued Mashey for “tortious interference” after he worked to show they’d plagiarized parts of a report they produced for the anti-climate science movement.

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Arizona Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Climate Science

On September 14, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled that the trial court had erred in ignoring an Arizona statutory protection for university records. In this case, the Energy & Environment Legal Institute attempted to use open records laws to obtain a 13-year span of emails from two University of Arizona climate scientists, Malcolm Hughes and Jonathan Overpeck.

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Defender of Science Dinner | NYC

On Thursday, October 19, 2017, please join us for our inaugural Defender of Science dinner and award ceremony at the Penn Club in midtown Manhattan. We'll honor Peter Fontaine and Michael Gerrard, two steadfast supporters of our mission, and bring together members of the New York legal, academic, and philanthropic communities united in a shared desire to protect the scientific endeavor.

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D.C. District Court Rules in Favor of NOAA Climate Scientists in FOIA Case

In January 2017, CSLDF filed a brief asking the federal District Court for the District of Columbia to protect National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) climate scientists. On August 21, the D.C. court upheld NOAA’s decision not to release its climate scientists’ research documents to the conservative group Judicial Watch.

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Perspectives of Scientists Who Become Targets: Katharine Hayhoe

This series profiles scientists who have been threatened with legal attacks or harassed by politically and ideologically motivated groups. Atmospheric scientist Katharine Hayhoe is a professor in the department of political science at Texas Tech University and director of the University’s Climate Science Center. Her commitment to climate communication and public outreach has made her a prime target of anti-science groups.

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Perspectives of Scientists Who Become Targets: Michael Mann

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.

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CSLDF Files Brief in Support of University of Arizona Climate Scientists

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.

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CSLDF’s Director Nominated for 2017 Pritzker Environmental Genius Award

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.

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Perspectives of Scientists Who Become Targets: Andrew Dessler

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.

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Become a CSLDF Campus Rep

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.

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