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The Trump Administration Is Suppressing Science at an Alarming Rate

The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund (CSLDF) in conjunction with Columbia’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law has been tracking the ways in which scientific information is being removed from reports and public websites, in addition to how scientists themselves are being sidelined.

‘Ugly Fake Scientist.’ Women Say Sexist Attacks on the Rise

The fund’s executive director, Lauren Kurtz, said laws addressing online harassment are “behind the times.” They tend to focus on bullying of children, not adult victims.

New York Times

He Sues to Discredit Climate Scientists. Now He’s Being Sued by His Allies.

Lauren Kurtz, executive director of the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund, said that while the conservative groups had pursued researchers’ emails in the name of transparency, there had been “complete lack of transparency in how they were running their own organization.”

Losing Justice Kennedy Puts Fundamental Environmental Protections in Peril

Justice Kennedy’s replacement will influence how we protect our air and water, as well as how we respond to climate change, for generations to come.

Steve Milloy Doesn’t Like ‘Climate Bedwetters’

The presence of people like Milloy shuts out the voices of qualified scientists in the public policy arena, said Augusta Wilson, an attorney with the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund.

Big Tobacco’s Smoke and Mirrors Revived by Pruitt’s Science Transparency Policy

This coordinated assault on science in the name of transparency will ultimately harm not only the health of the American people, but the scientific endeavor as a whole.

The White House’s Attack on Scientists Could Manipulate Public Opinion

Despite the administration’s claims that its actions put “America first,” they will in fact undermine our economic competitiveness and our position at the forefront of scientific research.

Climate coalition tallied all of Trump’s censorship of science. It’s staggering.

To date, the tracker has 96 entries, including 41 examples of outright government censorship. For instance, “on December 20, 2017, ninety-two documents describing national parks’ climate action plans were removed from the National Park Service (NPS) website.”

New Republic

Trump Has Tried to Restrict Science Almost 100 Times Already.

“Political and ideological attacks on science have a long and shameful history, and such attacks are the most dangerous when carried out or condoned by government authorities,” said Lauren Kurtz, CSLDF’s executive director.

New Climate Censorship Tracker Comes Online

The project, called the Silencing Science Tracker, has so far assembled 96 entries of federal restrictions or prohibitions on climate science since November 2016. The database is built from media reports, and it’s searchable by agency, date and type of action.

The Washington Post

Activism is a Hot Topic at the World’s Biggest Earth and Planetary Science Conference

The session “Legal Advice for Scientists Interested in Activism” is one new addition to the conference program. Lauren Kurtz, an attorney with the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund, said she suggested it after working with organizers of the March for Science — most of whom were researchers with no previous activism experience.

The New Yorker

Why Scientists Are Scared of Trump: A Pocket Guide

The guide is the creation of a group called the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund. One of the group’s founders, Joshua Wolfe, and its executive director, Lauren Kurtz, made the decision to write it on the day after the election. “There is a lot of fear among scientists that they will become targets of people who are interested in science as politics, rather than progress,” Wolfe told me in an e-mail.

New York Times

Under Fire, Climate Scientists Unite With Lawyers to Fight Back

Other lawyers are stepping up to protect dozens of climate scientists who have been targeted by private conservative groups demanding their personal emails and other documents… The law professors who came to New York for training attended classes taught by the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund.

The Desperate But Effective Attempts to Silence Climate Scientists

“We think it’s totally appropriate to FOIA for funding information and conflict of interest information,” Lauren Kurtz said. “When you’re getting into research emails and candid communication, I think that’s really harmful.” She added, “Short of something where you have actual evidence of criminal fraud, I think those things should be protected.”

Harvard Political Review

Inside the Climate Science Witch Hunts

“People can get very dogged in attacking climate scientists, and they can do things you would never think of,” Lauren Kurtz said in an interview with the HPR. She’s the executive director of the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund, based out of Columbia University, which defends scientists like Hayhoe from legal attacks.

New Republic

It’s Never Been Harder to Be a Climate Scientist

The fear has pushed some agency scientists to seek advice from outside sources. Lauren Kurtz, executive director at the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund, says several federal climate scientists have asked her about their legal options for speaking out. “One researcher just called to say hey, my boss has made it really hard for me to do my job. What can I do?” she said.

The Washington Post

Scientists Prepare to Fight for Their Work During the ‘Trumpocene’

Executive Director Lauren Kurtz talks about CSLDF’s activities at the 2016 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting and the development of our pocket guide: “Handling Political Harassment & Legal Intimidation.”

The Guardian

Climate Scientists Face Harassment, Threats and Fears of ‘McCarthyist’ Attacks

Executive director Lauren Kurtz and climate scientist Michael Mann discuss attacks on science in the Trump era.

Inside Climate News

Climate Scientists Challenge Conservatives’ NOAA Suit

CSLDF files a legal brief in support of federal climate scientists who are being sued by the conservative organization Judicial Watch.

New Scientist

Climate Scientists Brace Themselves for a Trump-led Witch-hunt

CSLDF’s Peter Fontaine talks about how scientists can protect themselves when their work comes under political fire.

Inside Climate News

EPA Official, After Years of Work to Thwart the Agency’s Mission, Returns to Carry Out Trump Agenda

CSLDF’s Lauren Kurtz discusses David Schnare, a key member of the Trump transition team, and his anti-science agenda.

Press Releases

Silencing Science Tracker to Keep Tabs on Trump Administration Attacks on Environmental, Public Health, Climate Science

The Silencing Science Tracker is intended to capture government attempts to restrict or prevent scientific research, education, discussion or the publication or use of scientific information. The tracker contains a table of entries, drawn from media reports, which will be updated on a regular basis.

Lack of Protections for Scientific Records Puts Researchers at Risk

Legal protections for scientific research materials vary widely in the United States, according to a new Climate Science Legal Defense Fund report, leaving scientists and universities vulnerable to malicious open records requests and endangering the scientific endeavor.

Amicus Groups File Brief to Protect Climate Scientists

The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund has asked the District of Columbia federal District Court to safeguard roughly 8,000 pages of privileged correspondence between nine climate scientists.

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