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Cleared of misconduct, polar-bear researcher is reprimanded for leaked e-mails

A US Department of Interior (DOI) researcher whose observations of drowned polar bears rallied advocates for action on climate change has been exonerated of scientific misconduct. But the public release on 28 September of an investigation by the DOI’s Inspector-General (IG) reveals that the researcher, Charles Monnett, has been reprimanded on another matter: leaking emails that helped environmental groups sue the government over its approval of plans by Shell Oil to conduct oil and gas exploration in the Arctic. 


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