Scientific Process Harmed by Public Record Abuse, Brief Says

The scientific process is threatened by a lawsuit seeking to compel the disclosure of more than a decade worth of emails, some private, between two prominent University of Arizona climate scientists, says an amicus brief that the American Association for the Advancement of Science joined on July 17.

The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund, a nonprofit founded in 2011 to defend climate scientists from what it calls “burdensome and invasive disclosure of scientists’ communications and preliminary analyses and drafts,” authored the brief filed with the Arizona Court of Appeals.