In late 2010, scientists launched two separate efforts—Climate Science Rapid Response Team and American Geophysical Union’s Climate Q&A Service—designed to improve the flow of climate information to the media, policymakers, and the public. The former is still going strong, but the latter is on hiatus pending an overhaul. Ideally, NOAA’s Climate Service would have complemented these programs, but it seems that prospect is now gone.

On the bright side, Vastag reported Monday that “federal science funding emerged relatively unscathed last week after the House and Senate worked out a deal for fiscal 2012.” NOAA, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology all received small budgetary increases, while NASA took a modest cut that was much less than feared.

Federal research will continue. But, at NOAA at least, there will be no “one stop shop” for information about that work.

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Curtis Brainard is the editor of The Observatory, CJR's online critique of science and environment reporting. Follow him on Twitter @cbrainard.