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Michael Mann beat his defamers. But climate scientists are still under attack.

Climate scientists report that death threats and online harassment are causing anxiety, sleeping problems, and loss of productivity.

Yale Climate Connections | Lauren Kurtz | February 28, 2024

Earlier this month, a Washington, D.C., jury held climate deniers liable for their falsehoods — a first, anywhere. The jury awarded over a million dollars in damages to climate scientist Michael Mann after finding that he had been repeatedly defamed by two bloggers….

My organization, the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund, provides free legal and educational support to researchers facing harassment and intimidation for their work. From the front lines, we can say that attacks on science and scientists have been growing in number and intensity since our founding 13 years ago. Although we were not directly involved in the Mann defamation case, we assisted over 50 scientists last year and similar numbers in recent years.

Read the full op-ed at Yale Climate Connections.

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