New Allegations Against NOAA Scientists — And Why They’re Incorrect

Climate contrarians have falsely accused NOAA scientists of manipulating data that demonstrates there was no "pause" in global warming. Here's how other researchers have proven the allegations wrong, and how the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund is participating in and monitoring the lawsuit.

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CSLDF Files Brief to Protect NOAA Climate Scientists

On Friday, January 27, the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund (CSLDF) asked the District of Columbia federal District Court to rule in favor of safeguarding scientific research. In partnership with the American Meteorological Society and the Union of Concerned Scientists, CSLDF filed a brief urging the court to protect scientific correspondence and preliminary drafts from indiscriminate disclosure to adverse groups.

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A Pocket Guide for Scientists

On the eve of the presidential inauguration, there is serious concern about how the new administration’s agenda could affect climate science.  The Trump transition team has included attorneys with a history of using the legal system to attack climate scientists.  We now face an incoming administration full of key personnel who dispute, sometimes aggressively, the scientific consensus on climate change (97% of climate scientists agree that human-caused climate change is a reality). Harassment of climate scientists has been going on for years, but seems likely to ...

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CSLDF Adds Two New Board Members

As the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund prepares for the new challenges that face scientists in 2017, we are excited to announce the addition of Lawrence Robbins and Michael Oppenheimer to the CSLDF Board of Directors. Larry and Michael add a wealth of experience in areas that will strengthen our organization. Larry Robbins is a trial and appellate litigator who has represented high level government officials in investigations over multiple administrations. He has argued eighteen cases in the United States Supreme Court, and some fifty others in the federal circuit ...

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Trump Adds Lawyers with History of Harassing Climate Scientists to Transition Team

“For years, David Schnare, with funding from polluting interests, has hounded me and other climate scientists, abusing open records laws in an effort to get ahold of personal emails that he might use to try to embarrass and smear us. His efforts were rejected by the lower court and then the Virginia Supreme Court, but not before many thousands of dollars were spent defending the University of Virginia and me from his frivolous lawsuits, and not before many hours I could have spent advising students, doing research, and advancing our understanding of Earth’s climate, ...

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CSLDF and AGU Co-Host Symposium on Law and Science

On Wednesday, December 14, 2016, CSLDF will team up with the American Geophysical Union (AGU) to host a morning symposium at the AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco.  3 MCLE credits will be available for attorneys (application pending).  This symposium will discuss the legal issues facing scientists under open records laws – laws that have increasingly been used to harass, intimidate, and attempt to discredit researchers. Presenters: Dr. Michael Mann, Distinguished Professor of Meteorology at Penn State Peter Fontaine, Partner at Cozen O’Connor ...

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CSLDF on Science Friday

Our Executive Director, Lauren Kurtz, discussed CSLDF's work protecting climate scientists on Science Friday.  The segment, titled "Science in the Crosshairs," discusses the legal challenges against climate scientists and other researchers. (more…)

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Protect the scientific endeavor – and enjoy a good read!

We're selling copies of The Madhouse Effect, the new book by Dr. Michael Mann and Tom Toles – purchase through us and support the CSLDF at the same time. Want to increase your support? Get a signed copy and/or an original piece of artwork used in the book. We're also bringing back a classic: hockey sticks signed by Dr. Mann. Dr. Mann is a prominent climate scientist whose research resulted in the “hockey stick,” a graph of climate history that shows recent rapid warming. In The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroy...

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CSLDF in the Guardian: Climate scientists are under attack from frivolous lawsuits

Reposted from The Guardian: Today’s climate scientists have a lot more to worry about than peer review. Organizations with perverse financial incentives harass scientists with lawsuit after lawsuit, obstructing research and seeking to embarrass them with disclosures of private information. On June 14th, an Arizona court ruled that thousands of emails from two prominent climate scientists must be turned over to the Energy & Environment Legal Institute (E&E), a group that disputes the 97% expert consensus on anthropogenic climate change and argues against action to ...

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CSLDF Files New Brief in Support of Protecting Climate Scientists

On Friday, March 25, CSLDF filed a brief (available here) as amicus curiae before the Pima County Superior Court in Arizona, arguing for protection of climate scientists’ private files against invasive open records requests by the Energy & Environment Legal Institute (“E&E Legal”). Since 2013, E&E Legal has been attempting to use Arizona open records laws to access 13 years of emails and other documents from University of Arizona climate scientists Dr. Malcolm Hughes and Dr. Jonathan Overpeck.  E&E Legal claims it deserves these files because it ...

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