Monthly Archives: August 2013

Judge denies National Review’s Motion to Reconsider ruling in Michael Mann’s defamation case

“The Court finds that there is sufficient evidence in the record to demonstrate that Plaintiff is likely to succeed on the merits,” said a DC Superior Court judge in her latest procedural ruling in the defamation case of Michael Mann v. … Continue reading

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So long for now to David Roberts

With David Roberts’ announcement that he is taking a year off — and dropping out of the online world altogether — we are losing, for now, an illuminating and original public voice on the climate change problem. Many of us … Continue reading

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Federal court ruling threatens whistleblower and civil service protections

A federal appeals court ruling last week will have serious implications for whistleblower and other civil service protections for government workers. A loophole has been created that allows agencies to designate nearly any position as “sensitive,” apparently broadly defined, and thereby … Continue reading

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Al Jazeera America got off to a good start with climate change coverage

Credit to Al Jazeera America for coming right out of the gate with a good half-hour panel on climate change, featuring three experts: Michael Mann from Penn State University, Heidi Cullen from Climate Central, and Klaus Jacob from the Lamont-Doherty … Continue reading

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Michael Mann v. National Review et al. defamation lawsuit – new Plaintiff’s briefs

Three new Plaintiff’s briefs were filed last week with the DC Superior Court in climate scientist Michael Mann’s defamation lawsuit against the National Review and the Competitive Enterprise Institute. “In view of the defendants’ initial public bravado regarding Dr. Mann, … Continue reading

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On the war on surveillance state whistleblowers

Two must-read articles and a must-see documentary for putting current developments in the war on surveillance state whistleblowers in perspective:

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Political “optics” problem for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service puts proposed removal of wolf protection on hold

Apparently abandoning its attempt to purge key wolf experts from a scientific peer review of a proposal to remove protections from gray wolves, a Fish and Wildlife Service spokesman acknowledged that the “optics of the situation” were a problem for … Continue reading

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Top wolf science expert critics purged from Fish & Wildlife Service peer review panel

In a direct affront to scientific integrity in policymaking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has purged three of the nation’s top wolf experts from a scientific peer review of the agency’s plan to remove federal protections from the gray wolf … Continue reading

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Richard Somerville: Concerns of a Climate Scientist

“What concerns me most about climate change now is the stark contrast between the apathy of the public and the troubling facts that we climate scientists have established and that President Obama clearly recognizes,” says climate scientist Richard Somerville. “We have … Continue reading

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Open letter to the Executive Chairman and CEO of Google Inc. from Google Science Communication Fellows

The 17 signatories of the following letter were all Google Climate Science Communication Fellows in 2011: Eric Schmidt (Executive Chairman) and Larry Page (CEO) Google Inc. 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043 USA   August 1, 2013   Dear … Continue reading

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