"Ecologists and conservation experts in government, industry and
universities are routinely constrained in communicating scientific
evidence on threatened species, mining, logging and other threats to the
environment, our new research has found.
Our study, just published, shows how important scientific information
about environmental threats often does not reach the public or
decision-makers, including government ministers.
In some cases, scientists self-censor information for fear of damaging
their careers, losing funding or being misrepresented in the media. In
others, senior managers or ministers’ officers prevented researchers
from speaking truthfully on scientific matters.
This information blackout, termed “science suppression”, can hide
environmentally damaging practices and policies from public scrutiny.
The practice is detrimental to both nature and democracy."
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Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics