Tracking Government Efforts to Restrict Scientific Research

Event Date: 
October 23, 2020

The past four years have seen an unprecedented level of attempts to drastically alter the country’s environmental regulatory landscape, along with regular attacks on the very science that underpins those regulations. But with so much chaos in Washington, how can you keep track of those changes, and find stories that inform your listeners on what the changes mean? Also, what will the election mean for the future direction of environmental regulation?

Join us for a chance to have your questions answered, and walk away with both a better understanding of the regulatory landscape and story ideas you can work on right now to share these issues with your community.

In 2017, the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law and the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund created the “Silencing Science Tracker” to record government attempts to restrict or prohibit scientific research, education or discussion, or the publication or use of scientific information. This event will look at what has happened since by examining case studies, key findings, how to use the Tracker and potential outcomes in the next administration.

Come prepared with questions – most of the hour will be available for answers.


  • Maria Caffrey, climate scientist and former partner with National Parks Service
  • Lisa Friedman, climate reporter, The New York Times
  • Lauren Kurtz, Executive Director Climate Science Legal Defense Fund
  • Romany Webb, Senior Fellow and Associate Research Scholar, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School

Moderator: Dale Willman, Resilience Media Project, the Earth Institute

When: Oct 23, 2020 11:00 AM-Noon Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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