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July Update: Climate and COVID-19, Our Matching Challenge, and More

Donate Today and Double Your Impact
Fed up with the growing attacks on science and scientists? Help us protect them. A group of our generous supporters is matching all donations made this summer, up to $40,000. A gift of any size enables us to provide free legal aid and education to researchers. Give today to take advantage of our matching gift challenge. Thank you for your support!

Climate Change and COVID-19: The Denial Playbook is the Same
The Trump administration has responded to COVID-19 using tactics it honed in the climate arena: ignoring or burying relevant scientific information, pushing misinformation, and silencing scientists who warn us of the dangers, writes staff attorney Augusta Wilson in a new blog post.

Lauren Kurtz, our director, spoke with Inside Climate News earlier in July about the parallels between climate experts and national and local public health leaders being harassed, insulted, and threatened over the COVID-19 response.

“Unfortunately, there are many more stories that should be told, but the scientists who have experienced them are worried about job security or increasing the negative attention upon them,” she said.

#ESA2020 Virtual Meeting
At the Ecological Society of America Virtual Meeting, staff attorney Augusta Wilson will discuss the anti-science trends we’ve observed since November 2016, including how government attempts to restrict science are evolving. Any meeting registrant can watch her presentation between August 3–6, 2020.

Our Website Has a New Look
We’re happy to share that we just rolled out a new version of our website. It has an updated design and architecture to make it easier for you to find the information you need. Visit to see what’s new.

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