Gov. Dave Heineman has canceled a Legislature-approved study on climate change, saying it would duplicate research work by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Heineman said in a letter Tuesday to members of the Legislature that the move will eliminate $44,000 from the budget that was appropriated for the study.
Researchers at the university's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources say their study, which involves reviewing others' work, will focus on identifying any human causes to climate change. They've set aside $20,000 for the study.
That is in contrast to the state study, which was modified to require that only natural causes to climate change be examined. Some university scientists had expressed concern about the scope of the Legislature-approved study.
The university study is expected to be finished by next September.
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