14 Mar '12, 11am

A Reminder That Science Can Override Pressure

A Reminder That Science Can Override Pressure By FELICITY BARRINGER Left: Archives, California Institute of Technology; right, University of California, Irvine Arie Jan Haagen-Smit in his laboratory at Caltech, left, and F. Sherwood Rowland in his lab at the University of California, Irvine. The recent death of F. Sherwood Rowland, who, working in 1974 with Mario Molina, discovered that the ozone layer was endangered by a lucrative class of chemicals, is a reminder of the perennial determination of industries to undermine scientific findings that could cost them money or markets. The best-known example is the cigarette industry’s effort to marginalize the science linking tobacco to deadly diseases like lung cancer. Accounts by historians including “Merchants of Doubt” by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway or the just-released “Golden Holocaust” by Robert Proctor show how tobacc...

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