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Australia to ax support for long-term ecology sites

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Science  18 Aug 2017:
Vol. 357, Issue 6352, pp. 632-633
DOI: 10.1126/science.357.6352.632

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A body funded by Australia's federal government plans to cut off funding for all 12 sites in the nation's Long Term Ecological Research Network at the end of this year. In a letter in the 11 August issue of Science, 69 co-authors decry the decision as "totally out of step with international trends and national imperatives." Project leaders at the sites are now scrambling to find other sources of funding before their coffers run dry. The network's demise could have major consequences, supporters say, including the loss of the ability to monitor and predict the status of Australia's environmental assets. Barring an 11th hour reprieve, some sites will have to shut down.