The federal funding that supported most university-based weather and climate research for the past decade has almost run out, and there is no sign it will be renewed.
The Ottawa-based Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences, launched under prime minister Jean Chrétien’s Liberal government in 2000, will have given out $118 million in research grants by the time it runs dry at the end of 2011.
“With no monies to hand out, the foundation will cease to exist,” said Gordon McBean, chair of the foundation’s board in an interview ahead of the foundation’s 10th anniversary celebrations on Wednesday.
W.R. Peltier, director of the Centre for Global Change Science at the University of Toronto, said that will have a “devastating impact” on the quantity and quality of climate research in Canada at a time when the research is badly needed.
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