International Timeline

Australia

2016

May

2014

November

China

2017

May

  • China retracts more scientific papers because of fake peer reviews than all other
    countries taken together.

Europe

2017

February/March

  • After President Trump issued his first travel ban to citizens of 7 Muslim-dominated countries, scientists in Europe created the Science Solidarity List Science Solidarity List, offering assistance to stranded research scientists fro the US. This was updated in March with the issuance of the second travel ban for 6 countries. ME – 03/27/2017

2015

December

France

February 2017

  • French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron invites American scientists and researchers who suffer under the Trump administration’s war on science to come to France, once he is elected President. He promises them protection and innovation. ME – 03/27/2017

Great Britain

March 2015

Ireland

March 2015

India

January 2016

  • Left-wing professors in India are removed from their positions by right-wing movement, the R.S.S..  The R.S.S. aims “to install its men at the helm of universities where they will wreak vengeance on the traditionally left-wing intellectual establishment that has always held them in contempt.”

Japan

2014

March

Turkey

2016

September

  • 2346 academics have been dismissed for alleged ties to the July 15 coup attempt. Many others have been detained.

 
July

United States

2017

December

  • The Trump administration forbids the CDC to the following 7 words in documents prepared for the next budget: “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based.”

 
August

  • The Department of Energy asked a scientist to remove the phrase “climate change” from her grant proposal.

 
March

  • Under the leadership of Scott Pruitt, the EPA has removed climate change as well as a description of international climate change from its website, and deleted science from its mandate. ME – 03/27/2017
  • Scott Pruitt, Trump’s appointee to lead the EPA on February 17, 2017, rejects the scientific consensus on climate change. Pruitt has stated that he believes that “the climate is changing, and human activity contributes to that in some manner” but questions whether carbon dioxide “is a primary contributor to the global warming”. WL – 03/27/2017
  • Hundreds rallied for science at a demonstration in conjunction with the AAAS meeting in Boston. WL – 03/27/2017
  • Trump’s budget request would cut funding to the National Institutes of Health by 20%. It would eliminate funding for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, folding it into the budget of the National Institutes of Health. It would cancel all funding for the Fogarty International Center at NIH that funds training of researchers for low-income countries.

 
February

  • Multiple groups of American scientists copy and store government sites with crucial climate change information to save the data, anticipating that the Trump Administration will shut these sites down. ME 2017-02-16
  • The New York Times opinion piece encourages US scientists to learn from the experience of Canadian scientists in the Harper years. sk 2017-02-16
  • American scientists are becoming politically active by preparing for the next election, running for office, participating in marches, writing op ed pieces and storing data. ME 2017-02-16

 
January

  •  A US national park employee fights muzzling with humour. WL – 01/27/2017
  • The Trump administration has imposed a freeze on EPA grants and contracts.  WL – 01/23/2017

2016

December

  • The Trump transition team tried to collect names of employees of the Department of Energy who worked on climate change. The department refused to comply. sk 2017-02-14
  • Scientific American warns American scientists to learn from the Canadian experience. ME 2016-12-20

 
November

  • Shortly after the US election, in response to the Trump administration’s objective of removing scientific and environmental data from the web, a group of scientists and academics started the Environmental Data Governance Initiative (EDGI), which is working on ways to rescue that data and make it available to the public.

 
May

  • Food & Water Watch release a report that documents that the National Research Council (NRC) (and its parent organization, the National Academy of Sciences) are compromised by industry ties.

 
February

  • The Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) argues that in the U.S. Department of Agriculture “politics determines what scientific work will see the light of day”. This follows a complaint by one of its top entomologists that USDA purged controversial findings, blocked publication of research papers with policy implications, and forbade scientists from being interviewed by reporters. A USDA panel rejected the charges. (ME 2016-02-29)

 

2015

August

  • In a win for citizen science, a Federal judge struck down Idaho’s law against secretly videotaping animal abuse on farms. WL –2015-08-04.
  • federal judge strikes down Idaho’s law against secretly videotaping animal abuse on farms.  Agricultural gagging, ag-gag, legislation criminalizes undercover investigations that reveal abuse or violent actions against animals.  Idaho passed ag-gag legislation in 2014, but Judge Winmill considered the law unconstitutional.  JW – 2015-08-07

 

June

  • Food & Water Watch release a report that documents that the NRC (and its parent organization, the National Academy of Sciences) is compromised by industry ties. WL – 2016-05.

 

March

  • A report from the Union of Concerned Scientists in the United States reveals significant improvements to the communications policies of government agencies conducting scientific research. This follows years of work on by the UCS to catalogue instances of political interference in government science in the United States. CS – 03/27/2015
  • A top U.S. climate scientist says officials at NASA headquarters ordered staff to review his forthcoming lectures, papers and media interviews after he called for urgent cuts to greenhouse gas emissions. CS – 03/27/2015

 

2014

December

  • The Union of Concerned Scientists in the U.S. proteststhe use of a spending bill to delay protections for sage grouse (which are considered threatened under the Endangered Species Act). UCS says the move signifies “blatant, unobscured interference in science-based policy” on the part of Congress. CS – 12/15/2014

 

June

 

World

2017

September

  • Scholars at Risk release their report Free to Think documenting violent attacks on higher education communities across the world.

2016

October

  • Scholars at Risk released a report documenting 158 attacks on higher education communities arising from 101 verified incidents in 35 countries, from May 1, 2015 to September 1, 2016. In Appendix – Table of Incidents, a breakdown by country is given.

2015

November

  • More than 15,000 scientists from 184 countries send a warning to the world re
    climate change.

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