On Thursday, October 19, 2017, please join us for our inaugural Defender of Science dinner and award ceremony at the Penn Club in midtown Manhattan. We'll honor Peter Fontaine and Michael Gerrard, two steadfast supporters of our mission, and bring together members of the New York legal, academic, and philanthropic communities united in a shared desire to protect the scientific endeavor.
In January 2017, CSLDF filed a brief asking the federal District Court for the District of Columbia to protect National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) climate scientists. On August 21, the D.C. court upheld NOAA’s decision not to release its climate scientists’ research documents to the conservative group Judicial Watch.
This series profiles scientists who have been threatened with legal attacks or harassed by politically and ideologically motivated groups. 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.
This series profiles scientists who have been threatened with legal attacks or harassed by politically and ideologically motivated 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.
On Monday, July 17, the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund (CSLDF) filed an amicus, or “friend of the court,” brief asking the Arizona Court of Appeals to protect scientists from intrusive open record requests. In the case, the Energy and Environment Legal Institute (E&E Legal), which has a history of misusing state open records laws, is demanding the release of 13 years’ worth of email communications, and prepublication analyses and drafts belonging to University of Arizona climate scientists Malcolm Hughes and Jonathan Overpeck.