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December 3, 2008   
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Another year of The Polish Science Voice is drawing to a close (our readers have sent us many positive opinions, remarks and words of encouragement-thank you!), as is the first year of government by the Civic Platform and Polish People's Party (PO-PSL) coalition. It is neither proper nor elegant for a periodical like The Polish Science Voice to deal with politics, but this situation is special. As it was taking power, Donald Tusk's Cabinet announced that one of its priorities would be far-reaching changes to Polish science and higher education-changes for the better, of course, involving both organization and finance.

The mission to develop and introduce these changes was given to Prof. Barbara Kudrycka and the Ministry of Science and Higher Education which she heads. Her dowry included political support, promises of substantial funding from Poland and the EU, a whole range of expectations, demands and ambitions of the scientific community and, last but not least, that community's awareness and habits.

A year ago we asked Prof. Kudrycka about her plans. Today Danuta Górecka asks about achievements. The minister has survived various challenges in her new capacity, having had to deal with many different tasks; life has not been a bed of roses. During this meeting, she seemed much more busy than a year ago, much more involved with details, including parliamentary details that are typical for any government minister. Her satisfaction with and exhaustion because of the past year do not seem to have affected her determination to continue. Matter-of-fact and focused on her task, the professor does not use the language of daydreams but I think that the success of her mission will qualify it to be called the biggest achievement in her life.

In the previous issue of The Polish Science Voice we devoted a lot of space to the impact civilization has on climate. Today we continue the topic, especially because the fact that the Polish power sector is more than 90-percent based on coal, is forcing Poland to conduct an intensive search for new technologies that would better protect the natural environment. We highlight Warsaw's stance on the "climate package" and invite you to take a fascinating trip to several places where truly interesting things are happening.

Plus, as usual, we report on a range of Polish inventions, and something unique-weight loss discoveries by Prof. Zofia Żukowska that have electrified America.
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