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Environmental Science Feels Pinch in Canada's Budget

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Science  29 Jun 2012:
Vol. 336, Issue 6089, pp. 1627
DOI: 10.1126/science.336.6089.1627

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After Canada's Conservative government unveiled a sweeping $276 billion spending plan in March, many of the country's scientists breathed a sigh of relief. Although the budget—which is likely to win final approval from Canadian lawmakers this week—calls for cutting $5.2 billion in spending, eliminating 19,200 federal jobs, and shifting some funding from basic research to more applied projects, it leaves overall science budgets relatively unscathed. But as details have dribbled out on how the plan and accompanying policy changes will affect certain fields, relief has turned to unease—and even anger—for some Canadian researchers.