Update: The federal government announced on November 8, 2017 that they will provide $1..6 million in bridge funding to keep PEARL operating into Fall 2019.
With the impacts of our changing climate already being felt in Canada and around the world, investing in climate science is a necessary part of ensuring that our decisions and actions around climate change mitigation and adaptation are based on up-to-date science and evidence.
The government announced temporary bridge funding for PEARL in November of 2017 but that funding is once again set to run out this fall. PEARL is only one of seven climate change and atmospheric research projects which were funded by the Climate Change and Atmospheric Research Program (CCAR).
The federal government did not announce any new funds in the 2017 budget. Without a comprehensive, long-term solution, all of these projects will end.
But it’s not too late to save Canadian atmospheric climate science! Join us in asking the government to provide a well supported and stable funding environment for climate research in Canada by reinstating a funding model for climate science similar to the Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences (CFCAS) that was cut by the Harper government.
Given the Government’s commitment to addressing climate change, investing in climate and atmospheric science should be at the forefront of funding priorities.
With climate science under attack in the US, Canada has an opportunity and a responsibility to be international leaders on climate science. This starts by making sure CCAR-funded projects aren’t shuttered..
Send a message to the Minister of Science today.