Climate scientist wins $1 million in defamation lawsuit

A District of Columbia jury found that two men had maliciously and falsely attacked the Penn State climate scientist Michael Mann for his graph in Nature illustrating a warming planet. One of the men, Rand Simberg, compared investigating Mann’s work to the case of Jerry Sandusky, once at Penn State, convicted of sexually assaulting children. (The Associated Press, February 8, 2024, by Suman Naishadham)

Mann said about the finding, “”I hope this verdict sends a message that falsely attacking climate scientists is not protected speech.” One of his lawyers added, “It is also a victory for truth and scientists everywhere who dedicate their lives answering vital scientific questions impacting human health and the planet.” (Axios, February 9, 2024, by Rebecca Falconer)

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