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  • COVID-19 is the Pop Quiz but Climate Change is the Final Exam

    An interview with Lauren Kurtz, director of the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund, where she discusses the politicization of science and the parallels between climate change and COVID-19.

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  • Science on the Ballot

    The Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University and the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund jointly maintain the Silencing Science Tracker, which keeps a running tally of instances of federal and state government attempts to censor or otherwise inhibit scientific processes or the use of scientific information since the 2016 election.

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  • October Update: Election Special! Resources for Engaging in Politics

    Election Day is nearing, so we’re sharing a few of the resources we’ve created to help scientists of all stripes understand the rules surrounding their political activism.

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  • Fighting Back Against Climate Disinformation and Intimidation

    Lauren Kurtz, director of the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund, discusses how people who care about climate science and climate action can fight back against myths, disinformation, and intimidation.

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  • Announcing Model Language for Scientific Integrity Policies

    Our model scientific integrity policy will help federal agencies and other research institutions adopt strong, comprehensive policies that protect science and scientists.

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  • September Update: Announcing Our Newest Scientific Integrity Resources

    Among our recent news: Our model scientific integrity policy serves as a blueprint for federal agencies and other institutions needing to adopt strong, comprehensive policies that protect science.

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  • We're Here to Help Scientists Prepare to Participate in the 2020 Elections

    Join us for two free webinars on September 28 and October 13 about how scientists from all disciplines can engage in electoral politics.

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  • New Guides to the NIH, DHS, and Department of State Scientific Integrity Policies

    We created guides for these agencies because each one conducts, funds, or relies on scientific research. They all provide crucial information to the public and formulate policy. And they are all involved, to some degree, with climate research or climate policy. There are also cases of political interference and science being sidelined at each of them.

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  • When Politics Trump Science

    Our own Lauren Kurtz and Susan Rosenthal co-authored When Politics Trump Science: The Erosion of Science-Based Regulation, an article published in The Environmental Law Reporter. They describe how President Trump has led a concerted effort to undermine federal scientific research, particularly in areas where research findings contradict his own views or undermine the basis of his deregulatory agenda.

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  • New Guide for Scientists on How to Participate in Elections and Political Campaigns

    Participating in Political Activities: Guidelines for Federally Employed and Federally Funded Scientists will help researchers understand whether they can donate to a candidate, volunteer for a campaign, express their support for a candidate on social media, and engage in other political activities.

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