Professor Jagadish Shukla, a prominent climate scientist and a distinguished professor of climate dynamics at George Mason University, has been outspoken about the role of fossil fuel companies in spreading climate misinformation. As a result, has been heavily targeted.
Climate scientists deal with attacks from a range of foes. Learn how this ongoing harassment impacts their professional and personal lives.
Maria Caffrey, a paleoclimatologist, was forced to defend a scientific report reflecting years of her research from concerted censorship efforts by several senior officials at the National Park Service. Caffrey’s report was targeted because it explicitly referenced human-caused or anthropogenic climate change.
Sarah Myhre, a research associate at the School of Oceanography at the University of Washington, is an advocate for addressing climate change and a champion of women’s rights. Her commitment to speaking publicly about these topics has made her a target of climate contrarians and led to sexist attacks.
Naomi Oreskes examines the history of scientific knowledge in the Earth and environmental sciences, and on scientific consensus and dissent. She was first targeted by the anti-climate science movement in 2004 when she published documentation of the scientific consensus on climate change.
Ben Santer is an atmospheric scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. He's been targeted by the anti-climate science movement since the mid-1990s because his research supports the finding that human activity plays a key role in global warming.
John Mashey is a retired computer scientist and executive who’s deeply involved in fighting the anti-climate science machinery. In 2015, two statisticians sued Mashey for “tortious interference” after he showed they’d plagiarized parts of a report they produced for the anti-climate science movement.
Atmospheric scientist Katharine Hayhoe is a professor in the department of political science at Texas Tech University and director of the University’s Climate Science Center. Her commitment to climate communication and public outreach has made her a prime target of anti-science groups.
Michael Mann, a Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Pennsylvania State University and director of the University’s Earth System Science Center, is known for his research reconstructing past climate — work that led to Mann being harassed by the anti-science movement for 20 years.
Andrew Dessler, a professor of atmospheric sciences and the Earl F. Cook Professor of Geosciences at Texas A&M University, studies the response of clouds to climate change. Dessler was targeted and harassed by an anti-science group in 2012 after talking with the media.
Malcolm Hughes is a dendroclimatologist and former director of the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research at the University of Arizona. Hughes has been on the cutting edge of using data from tree rings in the broader field of climate research; he’s also been targeted by anti-science groups for nearly 20 years.
Scott Mandia is co-founder and Chairman of the Board of the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund and co-founder of the Climate Science Rapid Response Team. The founding of these organizations is the result of his tangle with a well-known British climate contrarian.
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