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Spain's good news

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Science  13 Jul 2018:
Vol. 361, Issue 6398, pp. 111
DOI: 10.1126/science.aau6630

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  • RE: Spanish too low emphasis on science does not help either with wetlands

    Spanish too low emphasis on science does not help either with wetlands

    Gonçalves, M. S. S.1*, Gil-Delgado, J. A.1, Gosálvez, R. U. 2, Florín, M. B.3, López-Iborra, G. M.4

    1 Department of Microbiology and Ecology, University of Valencia, Spain
    2 Geography and Land Planning, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
    3 CREA Wetlands Section (Regional Center of Water Studies), University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
    4 Ecology Department/Multidisciplinary Institute for Environmental Studies “Ramón Margalef”, University of Alicante, Spain

    *Corresponding author: mayconsanyvan@gmail.com

    Recent news in Science and Policy report Trump officials’ argue against Obama’s wetlands protection rule having put ‘too much emphasis’ on science, instead of on its legal history (1). Spain could humbly shed light into this open controversy, since its administration is not suspicious of supporting science (2, 3). Besides, thousands of hectares of small, inland wetlands are recognized in Spain by arsenals of natural reserves and offer a wide range of public goods and services, including tourism and freshwater supply (4). With such a great environmental, social and economic importance, it could be hardly imagined that wetlands conservation is not among top priorities of public policies.
    However, the overall lack of Spanish wetlands delineation and physical protection favor their destruction (4). Inland w...

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    Competing Interests: None declared.
  • Public gambling and lottery can increase local/national government budgets for science funding

    Duque as head of a new Ministry for Science, Innovation, and Universities in Spain will face extraordinary challenges to increase the budget (1). Gambling is illegal in Japan except public gambling. After the World War II, for economically supporting local government reconstructions in Japan, public gambling has been legal where the peak sale of 80 billion US dollars through public gambling was established in 1992. The fixed profit of public gambling sales including bicycles/boats/auto/horse racing in Japan goes to the national government. In addition to public gambling, the Sports Promotion Lottery (toto/BIG) was introduced in 2001 (2). Although I don’t like gambling and lottery, it may be a good idea to increase budgets by public gambling and lottery for science funding in Spain.

    References:
    1. Amaya Moro-Martín, "Spain's good news," Science 13 Jul 2018: Vol. 361, Issue 6398, pp. 111
    2. http://science.sciencemag.org/content/361/6397/11/tab-e-letters

    Competing Interests: None declared.

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