Legal protections for scientific research materials vary widely in the United States, according to a new report by the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund (CSLDF), leaving scientists and universities vulnerable to malicious open records requests and endangering the scientific endeavor. “Research Protections in State Open Records Laws: An Analysis and Ranking,” published on Tuesday, is the first in-depth analysis of the existing protections for scientific records, and their applications, in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
More than 20,000 members of the geosciences community will gather in New Orleans from December 12-16, 2017 for the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, the world's largest gathering of Earth and space scientists. We'll be there with a full slate of legal education programming, including a workshop on science activism and the opportunity to meet with our attorneys.
We’re thrilled that so many of our friends and supporters joined us in New York City on October 19 to honor attorneys Peter Fontaine and Michael Gerrard, two long-time defenders of science whose leadership and efforts have significantly advanced our mission. We’re extremely grateful to Cozen O’Connor for sponsoring the event and to everyone who supported and participated in this special evening.
John Mashey is a retired computer scientist and executive who worked at Bell Labs and in the Silicon Valley tech world. He’s deeply involved in fighting the anti-climate science machinery and writes regularly for DeSmogBlog, which counters climate change misinformation campaigns with facts. In 2015, two statisticians sued Mashey for “tortious interference” after he worked to show they’d plagiarized parts of a report they produced for the anti-climate science movement.
On September 14, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled that the trial court had erred in ignoring an Arizona statutory protection for university records. In this case, the Energy & Environment Legal Institute attempted to use open records laws to obtain a 13-year span of emails from two University of Arizona climate scientists, Malcolm Hughes and Jonathan Overpeck.