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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.

Ars Technica

Two Recent Court Decisions Make Climate Scientists Emails Public

“These sorts of lawsuits, regardless of outcome, subtract months of labor from the scientific endeavor and cost public universities hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees,” CSLDF’s Lauren Kurtz said.

The Guardian

Climate Scientists Under Attack From Frivolous Lawsuits

Executive Director Lauren Kurtz writes about how attacks on climate scientists endanger the scientific endeavor.

Science Friday

Science in the Crosshairs

Executive Director Lauren Kurtz discusses CSLDF’s work protecting climate scientists and the legal challenges facing climate scientists and other researchers.

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