A Stanford environmental professor’s high-stakes defamation suit over a peer-reviewed critique evaluating renewable energy outcomes, came to an end last week. Dr. Mark Jacobson, professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of Stanford’s Atmosphere/Energy program, announced on February 22 that he will drop the defamation suit he brought in D.C. Superior Court against fellow environmental scientist Dr. Christopher Clack and the National Academy of Sciences.
"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," write Lauren Kurtz, executive director of the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund, and Romany Webb, a Climate Law Fellow at the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, in an opinion piece published today by The Hill.
CSLDF attorneys contributed to the guide “Make a Note to the Record,” produced by the Union of Concerned Scientists, for federal scientists who are concerned about recent workplace changes that could imperil their agency’s ability to carry out its mission and conduct science for the public good.
We're hosting a session on legal issues for scientists interested in science activism and advocacy on Sunday, February 18 at the 2018 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in Austin, Texas.
Columbia Law School’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law and the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund today launched an online resource tracking actions by the government to “silence science” since the November 2016 election. The tracker currently has 96 entries of actions organized by the following categories: 41 government censorship, 11 self-censorship, 15 budget cuts, 20 personnel changes, 5 research hindrance and 8 bias and misrepresentation.