Scientists Ask Natural History Museums to Cut Ties with David Koch

March 24, 2015 9:42 PM

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In an open letter posted today, 39 scientists call for natural history and science museums to sever connections with climate change deniers. In particular, the signatories single out David Koch and his support for both the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History and the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). The billionaire has supported dinosaur galleries at both, including an expansion now under construction at the Smithsonian, to which he donated $35 million.

“We are deeply concerned by the links between museums of science and natural history with those who profit from fossil fuels or fund lobby groups that misrepresent climate science,” reads the letter, hosted and released by the Natural History Museum, a mobile museum founded by the arts collective No...

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