Environmental costs – Survey of scientists

Environmental concerns top the priorities that scientists believe demand the most attention and funding from the federal government, Reuter reported Sept. 25.

Climate change, resource management and disease control are among the issues scientists throughout the world consider most important, according to a study sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

The study, written by the National Academies’ National Research Council, reported that scientists believe the government should immediately focus on four areas of research: biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, water resource management, land-use dynamics and infectious disease and the environment.

The National Science Foundation estimates the four will require a minimum investment of $1 billion to 2 billion over the next 10 years.  

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