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Climate Monitoring Program Unexpectedly Looses Funding

This article, NOAA Loses Funding to Gather Long-Term Climate Data, includes a nice map of both existing and planned sites for the climate network.

Quoted from the article:
To Kevin Trenberth, head of the climate analysis section at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, the message from legislators is even bleaker. "It's almost as if some people don't want to know how the climate is changing," he says. "Maybe they prefer uncertainty, so that they can avoid taking action." ~ Jeffrey Mervis


Lame. Didn't scientists learn a ton the 3 days after September 11th where US airspace was grounded? I read somewhere they did, but couldn't find any links to their findings.

I think for most, they feel that if it is a problem, it won't be in their lifetime, thus another generation's problem. Lame.

BTW, we talked about your MIT + Harvard blog in clas today. CNN didn't cover the part about the MIT dude; go blogs!

According to the article, the cuts were unexpected.

Another interesting article, in the same issue of Science, discusses how there may be funding for the NOAA program for monitoring Tsunamis. http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/307/5707/191a

Here's a CNN article on a post 9/11 study on air traffic and climate: http://archives.cnn.com/2002/TECH/science/08/07/contrails.climate/ Haven't read it though, so I can't vouch for it's value. Looks like there are some names mentioned--a good place to start searching from.