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The War On Science

Science is under siege. Anti-science groups and individuals seek to delegitimize, interfere with, and undermine facts and evidence that threaten their financial interests and ideological beliefs. Aggressive legal action, harassment, and even death threats are standard occurrences for climate researchers.

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We provide free legal aid and resources to researchers, educate the scientific community about their rights and responsibilities, and strengthen legal protections to promote scientific integrity.

Advancing Legal Literacy

Our education programming teaches scientists about the legal issues surrounding their work and ensures they know how to respond to conflicts arising from their research. We also share strategies and information about cases with attorneys.

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Scientists: Know Your Rights 

The risk of legal attack on any individual scientist is small, but there are actions researchers can take to protect and defend themselves against politically-motivated attacks.

In the News

  • COVID-19 is the Pop Quiz but Climate Change is the Final Exam

    An interview with Lauren Kurtz, director of the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund, where she discusses the politicization of science and the parallels between climate change and COVID-19.

  • Science on the Ballot

    The Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University and the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund jointly maintain the Silencing Science Tracker, which keeps a running tally of instances of federal and state government attempts to censor or otherwise inhibit scientific processes or the use of scientific information since the 2016 election.

  • Fighting Back Against Climate Disinformation and Intimidation

    Lauren Kurtz, director of the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund, discusses how people who care about climate science and climate action can fight back against myths, disinformation, and intimidation.

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