A planned study on climate change previously approved by the Legislature was canceled by Gov. Dave Heineman on Tuesday. He says the study would duplicate work researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have planned.
Heineman sent a letter to members of the Legislature Tuesday, noting that eliminating the study will remove $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.