As Election Day approaches, candidates are using the issue of climate change science in the classroom to mobilize their bases. This is especially true in Wyoming, because with just over half a million residents, elections are generally decided by just a handful of votes.
Cary Fowler, who spearheaded the construction of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault on a Norwegian island, speaks at Colorado State University.
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Close to a million seed packets are tucked inside a frozen mountain fortress on a Norwegian island - the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. It includes samples from similar vaults in Fort Collins, Colorado and Ames, Iowa, and gene banks throughout the world. The man who pushed for the vault’s creation, Cary Fowler, says the vault will be essential to farmers as they adapt to climate change.
Down in the Four Corners area, near the towns of Durango, Colorado, and Farmington, New Mexico, a NASA satellite has spotted an unexpected hot spot of methane leaks.
Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas and a precursor to ozone, an air pollutant. In a paper published online in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, lead researcher Eric Kort, of the University of Michigan, and other scientists report that the region may be responsible for 10 percent of the total U.S. methane emissions from the natural gas sector.
The northern arm of the Rocky Mountains is sometimes called "the crown of the continent," and its jewels are glaciers and snowfields that irrigate large parts of North America during spring thaw.
But the region is getting warmer, even faster than the rest of the world. Scientists now say warming is scrambling the complex relationship between water and nature and could threaten some species with extinction as well as bring hardship to ranchers and farmers already suffering from prolonged drought.