Government Accountability Project Submits Letter to the Office of Special Counsel in Support of Pending Whistleblower Case for CDC climate scientist George Luber

Yesterday, Government Accountability Project submitted to the Office of Special Counsel a letter of support for climate scientist and federal whistleblower Dr. George Luber, whose employer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, retaliated against him. An accomplished epidemiologist whose work is extensively published in the scientific literature, Dr. Luber is one of many government [...]

2021-02-03T15:35:16-05:00December 18th, 2019|Climate Science & Policy Watch|

Dr. George Luber, CDC’s Persecuted Climate & Health Expert, Files Whistleblower Protection Claim

We recently wrote about the plight of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Climate and Health Program and the political persecution of its former chief, epidemiologist Dr. George Luber. This courageous truth-teller is now fighting back by waging a spirited legal battle and media campaign with the help of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) [...]

2021-02-03T15:49:14-05:00August 26th, 2019|Climate Science & Policy Watch|

As Climate Change Creates a True Public Health Emergency, Trump Administration Quashes Federal Climate Program and Exiles its Director

Climate Change has now created a public health emergency, according to the medical and public health community at large in an urgent call to action. “Climate change is one of the greatest threats to health America has ever faced—it is a true public health emergency,” a letter issued this week to policymakers warns. The American Medical Association, [...]

2021-02-03T16:23:37-05:00June 28th, 2019|Climate Science & Policy Watch|

[Agro-] Industrial Policy IS Climate Policy

By guest author Anna Levy Underscoring the need for a multidisciplinary approach to complex problem-solving such as ensuring safe and adequate food supplies in a climate-disrupted world, key staff for Government Accountability Project’s Climate Science & Policy Watch (CSPW) and Food Integrity Campaign (FIC) programs are collaborating to guide an exciting research and investigation project [...]

2021-03-02T16:41:21-05:00February 20th, 2019|Climate Science & Policy Watch|

Hellish Hurricanes Part One: Just the Facts on Florence, Please

Have hurricanes like Florence, Maria, and Harvey become deadlier and more destructive because of human-caused changes in Earth’s climate system? NOAA GOES satellite From September 14-18, 2018 Hurricane Florence dumped more than 19 trillion gallons of water on the Carolinas with record-breaking rainfall that flooded most highways and roads, caused 16 major rivers [...]

The “Youth v Gov” Climate Change Lawsuit: An Update and Some Insightful Perspectives

CSPW has been following with great interest the ups and downs, ins and outs of the long and arduous pathway 21 youth plaintiffs have been trekking for three years, in a sustained effort to see their legal case against the US government be tried in court. We last wrote about this in December 2016: Why Are [...]

After a 19-Month Vacancy, White House Taps an Academic Meteorologist to Head the OSTP

Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier, vice president of research and professor of meteorology at the University of Oklahoma. This week the White House formally announced the appointment of Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier, PhD, a meteorologist and atmospheric research scientist at the University of Oklahoma, to direct the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). [...]

Taking Stock of Climate Change Impacts: How Many Puerto Rican Lives Did Hurricane Maria Take?

We Don’t Know for Sure, and the Death Toll is Still Climbing The 2018 hurricane season is now upon us, even while millions of people residing in hurricane alley – the large swath of ocean stretching from Africa to North America – are still recovering from the hyperactive, catastrophic 2017 hurricane season. Last year we [...]

As Fossil Fuels Melt the Planet, Could Climate Change Cause a Nuclear Meltdown?

Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant following an earthquake and a tsunami. SOURCE: Nearly three dozen nuclear power plants are inadequately protected against major flooding guaranteed to occur after an upstream dam failure – flooding that could easily lead to an accident or meltdown on the scale of the 2011 nuclear power disaster [...]

As the Trump Administration Tries to Tamp Down Climate Change, We are Rising Up to Meet the Challenge

By Anne Polansky and Michael Termini More than one full year into a Donald Trump presidency, we are taking stock of the new political landscape, already marked by turmoil and volatility. Never before in modern US history have we seen such instability and unreliability in basic governance at the federal level. Here in the nation’s [...]