Give and take

Published: Saturday 04 July 2015

it might no longer be easy for scientists to move into Greenland, study its environment and then zip back to their own lands to analyse what they have found. The island's government, until now in the dark about its own resources, is making it mandatory for the researchers to share whatever they have unearthed about the icy shelf. Explaining the problem, Birger Poppel, chief statistician in the Greenland Bureau of Statistics said, "Scientists come in, take data and you never hear from them again." Greenland, though a Danish possession, has a tiny government of its own, which is now developing a policy that would ensure that foreign scientists hand over a copy of any data gathered in the island.

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