Sarah Myhre, a research associate at the School of Oceanography at the University of Washington, is an advocate for addressing climate change and a champion of women’s rights. Her commitment to speaking publicly about these topics has made her a target of climate contrarians and led to sexist attacks.
Naomi Oreskes, a science historian, earth scientist, and author, first became a target of the anti-climate science movement in 2004 when she published documentation of the scientific consensus on climate change.
Ben Santer is an atmospheric scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. His research has made him a target of the anti-climate science movement because it supports the finding that human activity plays a key role in global warming.
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.
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.