Here’s how climate science will be affected by the government shutdown – ThinkProgress

Here’s how climate science will be affected by the government shutdown – ThinkProgress

The government officially shut down effective midnight, December 21. This means funding for hundreds of thousands of government employees across the country in half a dozen agencies comes to a halt — and this includes scientists.

All of these workers will now be forced into an indefinite period of unpaid leave, and for many it will put the nuts and bolts of their work on hold. In addition to potentially putting field work on hold and limiting access to data, most research vessels must return to shore, the monitoring of harmful algal blooms slows down, and disaster response efforts may be hampered.

“A shutdown would interrupt potentially life-saving information and observations from the scientists working at these agencies,” warned the American Geophysical Union ahead of the final shutdown vote.

via Here’s how climate science will be affected by the government shutdown – ThinkProgress