Nature news reports on how US energy agency asked scientists to scrub references to climate change. Scott Saleska was among those who received an emailed request to modify the wording of the summary of a DOE project recently awarded to SaleskaLab, and told Nature that the request was a symptom of research priorities being set by political ideology that is at odds with scientific knowledge.
DOE announced this week 14 new projects to be supported by its Facilities Integrating Collaborations for User Science (FICUS) program, and Saleskalab is among them. The proposal was put together by Moira Hough for sequencing of microbial DNA (by JGI) and analysis of soil organic matter (by EMSL) from her samples from Stordalen Mire, our Arctic wetland study site near Abisko Sweden where we are investigating the effects of climate change-induced thaw on carbon cycling in permafrost wetlands. Congratulations, Moira!