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.
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.
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.