Michael Halpern

Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

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Michael Halpern is an expert on political interference in science and solutions to reduce suppression, manipulation, and distortion of government science. See Michael's full bio.

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Hulk Hogan, World Heritage Sites, and a Missing Tortoise: What’s Worth Reading This Week

Here are a few things I found interesting this week. Australia pressured UNESCO to remove references to Australia in climate change report: Worried that discussion of coral bleaching and other environmental damage due to climate change would limit tourism, the Australian government pressured UNESCO to delete references to Australia from a climate change report on World Heritage sites. Read more >

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Berkeley Breathed, and the Great Barrier Reef: What’s Worth Reading This Week

This has been quite the week. From the overwhelming to the fascinating to the touching, here’s what I’ve found worth reading: Read more >

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Real Scrutiny of Science and Scientists Goes Well Beyond FOIA

In today’s Boston Globe, reporter David Abel profiles our work to push back on those who harass scientists through open records laws. The Globe article helps prove the point that the Freedom of Information Act is inadequate to root out corruption within science while also protecting scientists from harassment. Read more >

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House Science Chairman Continues to Chart His Own Lonely Path on Climate Change

In a hearing today House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith questioned NOAA Administrator Kathryn Sullivan on the agency’s climate change research. He made three claims that deserve additional scrutiny: that satellite data is “the most objective”; that a recent climate study was “prematurely published”; and that a recent Nature analysis proves that NOAA’s study was wrong. Read more >

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As NOAA Head Testifies in Congress, 90,000 Ask Science Committee Chairman to Stop Playing Politics With Science

Tomorrow, NOAA Administrator Kathryn Sullivan will testify before the House Science Committee. It is possible that Rep. Lamar Smith, the committee’s chairman, will take the opportunity to ask her about his outstanding subpoena for correspondence among scientists who study climate change. Yesterday, UCS sent two letters—one from 1,595 scientists and one from 91,596 citizens—asking the chairman to rescind the subpoena. Read more >

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