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Ministry of Defence withdraws Met office climate funding

<img alt=“met-office.jpg” src=“http://blogs.nature.com/climatefeedback/met-office.jpg” width=“260” height=“192” align=“right” hspace=“10px”//>The UK’s Met Office has had its funding for climate research slashed by a quarter, following withdrawal of financial support by the government’s Ministry of Defence (MoD).

The loss of £4.3 million (US$7.0 million) in funding from the MoD will affect the Met Office Hadley Centre for Climate Change in Exeter, the world-class climate modelling institute whose researchers made key contributions to the last assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2007.

“This news comes as a shock,” says climate scientist Martin Parry, formerly at the Met Office and now at the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College London. “The UK’s core modelling work on climate change has been funded from this source, up to now.”

The Met Office is now in negotiations with other goverment departments in an effort to recoup some of the lost funding.

Read the full story over on Nature News.

Olive Heffernan

Image: UK Met Office

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