The scientists also reported 435 instances of political interference in their work over the past five years.
The Union of Concerned Scientists, a private advocacy group, and the Government Accountability Project, a legal-assistance group that represents whistle-blowers, sent out the survey to 1,600 scientists. Surveys were returned by 308 scientists. Not all answered every question, but the survey found that:
- 43 percent of respondents reported edits during review of their work that changed the meaning of their findings.
- 46 percent felt administrative requirements that impaired climate-related work.
- 67 percent said the environment for federal government climate research is worse now than five years ago.