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Researchers downbeat about Madrid climate conference

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Spain’s decision to host the 25th UN Climate Change Conference is likely to bring fleeting political support and boost public awareness, but not result in changes to research policy or funding in the country, researchers have told Research Professional News.

“Research has been neglected for very long in Spain and it’s unlikely that the COP will increase support for either climate [research] in particular or science in general,” said Francisco Doblas-Reyes, an author on the most recent UN intergovernmental climate report and a researcher at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center.

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