Save PEARL

polar environmental atmospheric research laboratory“Budget 2010 is basically the nightmare scenario for scientists across the country – our community is gutted,” said Gordon McBean, Chair of CFCAS.1

Last year the Polar Environmental Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL) discovered an unprecedented northern ozone hole. This year the station will close due to funding cuts by the Harper government.

PEARL is unique in that it operates through the arctic winter and that it monitors ozone related chemicals in addition to the ozone layer itself. Pearl doesn’t just monitor what is happening in the atmosphere, it tries to answer ‘why’.

Canadians are donating to save PEARL. It needs $1.5 million per year. If every Canadian gave $1, the station could operate for 22 years! This is an opportunity to support valuable Canadian science and to tell Harper he is wrong to defund science in Canada.

More info at http://www.cfcas.org/PEARL/

Donate at https://www.canadahelps.org/DonationDetails.aspx

1. http://www.cfcas.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/pressrelease5Mar10e.pdf

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