Australia: Government wants to close all its long-term ecological study sites, scientists say

The Australian government is planning to eliminate funding for all 12 of its long-term ecological study sites by the end of the year, according to a letter in the journal Science by 69 scientists who denounced the decision.

The sites include rainforest, swamps, alpine, coastal, and desert ecosystems, including the 3,000-square-mile Simpson Desert in the Australian Outback.

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