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If the defendants are found guilty of defamation, it would mean the judge believes the statement that climatologist Michael Mann "molested and tortured data" was false and made with "actual malice," meaning they knew or recklessly disregarded the fact that it was false.
Closing critical libraries and severely cutting scientific research are the latest moves by the Harper administration to prioritize fossil fuel development and short-term profits over long-term concerns like climate change and the environment.
A new bill, up for consideration this year in the Virginia General Assembly, would give Virginia's public school teachers permission to teach about the "scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses" of "scientific theories" like evolution and global climate change.