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Environmental Researchers Wait Anxiously for Salvation

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Science  12 Feb 1999:
Vol. 283, Issue 5404, pp. 924
DOI: 10.1126/science.283.5404.924

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STOCKHOLM-- Environmental research, long one of the crown jewels of Swedish science, has been fighting for survival as a fierce debate has raged over how the field should be funded and who should set its priorities: the scientific community, environmental agencies, or industry. Last fall, after election losses forced the ruling Social Democrats to seek support from the Green Party in parliament, the government promised new money for environmental studies. Now, researchers are waiting nervously to see if the promised funding will make up for previous losses and--equally important--who will be calling the shots.