Defending Climate Science

In response to recent attacks on climate science, the Sabin Center has partnered with the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund to develop the Silencing Science Tracker, which records government attempts to restrict or prohibit  scientific research. We have also played a pivotal role  in advocating for targeted scientists’ rights.



The Silencing Science Tracker is a joint initiative of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law and the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund. It tracks government attempts to restrict or prohibit scientific research, education or discussion, or the publication or use of scientific information, since the November 2016 election. Read more


When Politics Trump Science: The Erosion of Science-Based Regulation, Romany Webb, Lauren Kurtz and Susan Rosenthal (Environmental Law Reporter, September 2020) 

Holding Fossil Fuel Companies Accountable for their Contribution to Climate Change: Where Does the Law Stand? Michael Burger and Jessica Wentz (November 2018)

The Application of Open Records Laws to Publicly Funded Science, Lauren Kurtz (April 2017)

All Climate Science publications are available here

Comments and Legal Briefs

Appeal in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in Physicians for Social Responsibility, et al. v. Pruitt by Michael Burger. The reply brief is available here. (November 2019)

The Sabin Center filed an appeal in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in Physicians for Social Responsibility, et al. v. Pruitt. In this case, Michael Burger is working with the Columbia Environmental Law Clinic to represent two scientists who have challenged EPA's policy banning scientists with EPA grants from the agency's science advisory committees. 

See also: 

Complaint Challenging Scott Pruitt’s Science Advisory Committee Directive, Columbia Environmental Law Clinic and Earthjustice, related Press Release (December 2017)