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Academics call on universities to reject fossil fuel cash

An influential group of distinguished academics has said universities must stop accepting funding from fossil fuel companies to conduct climate research, even if the research is aimed at developing green and low-carbon technology, writes Fiona Harvey for The Guardian.

Rowan Williams, the former archbishop of Canterbury, the NASA data scientist Peter Kalmus, and prominent US climate scientist Michael Mann are among close to 500 academics from the United States and the United Kingdom who have written an open letter addressed to all university leaders in the two countries, calling on them to reject all funding from fossil fuel companies.

Accepting money from fossil fuel companies represented “an inherent conflict of interest” and could “taint” essential research and “compromise” academic freedom, they wrote. For the companies, it was a chance to “greenwash” their reputations and skew the findings of research in a way favourable to them.
Full report on The Guardian site