An approach to climate-change campaigning that hadn't occurred to me: a group of 866 Dutch citizens have successfully sued their government for failing to protect them against it. The court has ordered the Dutch government to reduce its emissions by 25% in five years. Of course, it isn't at all clear what will actually happen as a result of this ruling. The article suggests that it will provoke people to try similar lawsuits in other European countries. Apparently US law is such that this approach would be unlikely to work there.
DANVILLE — Outside the mansion where the president of the Confederate States of America learned the South had lost the Civil War, the controversial flag of his lost cause still flies over a memorial to the men who fought and died for it.
Late last year the association released a poll showing 40 percent of [ #NewZealand ] scientists surveyed felt they were not able to speak out on issues within their areas of expertise because of management policy or concern over losing #funding . Its president, Nicola Gaston, said since the survey was made public she had been approached by several scientists who have felt pressured or #gagged .
Dr Gaston said the pressure on scientists was occurring in universities and Crown Research Institutes ( #CRIs ), as pressure went on to raise more funding from industry. She said a university scientist told her he was about to go on live television to talk about a contentious issue when the Vice Chancellor called, but he refused to take the call.
"And we've had numerous examples from CRI #scientists who have reported direct instructions from their manager not to include particular information in a scientific report or not to talk to somebody other than the client about the research that was done," she said.