Category Archives: Science

Place-based education

Museum curator Scott Sampson says we need nature, even wild places, in our daily lives if we hope to confront the major challenges of our times. Continue reading

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Snowmass paleontology update

Instead of yanking mastodon tusks from the mud Snowmass, scientists now are piecing together what the Ice Age site says about our own times. Continue reading

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Assessing the importance of the Snowmass paleontological site

Snowmass paleontological site has many, many mastodon bones, but it also offers an exceptional high-elevation window into past climate changes in North America. Continue reading

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Artificial insemination of clouds

Does cloud-seeding work? That’s always been the question. A $13.5 million study by Wyoming aims to get a better handle on the answer. But Los Angeles isn’t waiting. It has long seeded winter storm clouds in the Sierra Nevada, and it is now helping pay for efforts high in the Colorado Rockies.
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Colorado River Basin Supply and Demand Study

Pipe water from Memphis to Denver? Tow icebergs from Alaska to LA? Lots of fun, improbable ideas were examined in the Colorado River Basin Supply and Demand Study, which was issued in December. But the gritty realty as population grows and river volumes decline during coming decades will likely be increased conservation and more transfers from agriculture to cities. Continue reading

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Studies in paleoclimatology in Rocky Mountains

Paleoclimatologist Bryan Shuman runs a paleoclimate and paleoecology lab at the University of Wyoming, where he and his students examine past climates and the vegetation and animals that inhabited those times. Our own times are interesting indeed, he says, with warming of temperatures rivaling those of when the glaciers rapidly receded in the Rocky Mountains 11,000 years ago. Continue reading

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Why the slow action on global warming?

Intimate in its setting but expansive in its outlook, Mountainfilm at Telluride this year turns its attention most directly at global warming during its Moving Mountains forum. Continue reading

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Vail Global Energy Forum

Mountain towns and valleys of the West have become notable marketplaces for ideas and deals, with Aspen, Sun Valley and Jackson Hole all hosting conferences at which national — and often international — headlines are made. Can Vail succeed in its alliance with Stanford University, which has aspirations of its own to be a key player in the world energy debate. The Vail Global Energy Forum continues March 2-3 at the Vilar Center in Beaver Creek.
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Using skiing to make case for climate action

Aspen Skiing Co. and Vail Resorts are, in many ways, two peas of the same pod. But in their public stances about the risks of global climate change, they’re apples and oranges. An op/ed by Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz sparks this examination Continue reading

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Earthquake ID’d as prime suspect in paleontological whodunnit at Snowmass Village, Colorado

Completing their dig at Snowmass Village, scientists from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and other institutions now wonder if an ancient earthquake that created quick sand explains the large number of bones from juvenile mastodons. Continue reading

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