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.
We’re excited to share that Lauren Kurtz, our executive director, is one of 20 nominees for the inaugural Pritzker Emerging Environmental Genius Award, given to honor and support environmental leaders under the age of 40 who are driving change for the benefit of the plant. The award comes with a $100,000 prize meant to fuel the recipient’s innovative ideas and help accelerate their success.
This series profiles scientists who have been threatened with legal attacks or harassed by politically and ideologically motivated groups. 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 by an anti-science group in 2012 after talking with the media.
We’re pleased to announce that we're launching a second round of our new Campus Representative Program and are seeking law professors to join the program. This training will be via webinar and is tentatively scheduled for early August. The exact date will depend on participant availability, but it will likely be August 3, 4, or 9.
We’re on a mission to defend the scientific endeavor. And now, when you make a gift in support of our work it will go twice as far. That's because Charles Zeller, one of our board members, has generously offered to match donations, dollar for dollar, up to $50,000. All of our legal and educational initiatives are made possible by the generosity, enthusiasm, and dedication of our supporters, and the contributions we receive are immediately put to use protecting scientists.