A Mountain Town Threatened by Drought

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September 14, 2011 7 p.m. local time

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With over 300 days of sunshine each year, Boulder, Colorado earns its reputation as a beautiful western-American city. Likely because of that sunshine, residents are known for their love of outdoor sports like mountain biking and climbing.

Boulder is located where the Rocky Mountains meet the Great Plains. Home to the University of Colorado, it is also known for its eclectic culture and laid-back atmosphere.

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A notably well-educated community, there are 24 federally funded research facilities in Colorado. Seven of these may be found in Boulder, including the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research and the National Center for Atmospheric Research. With world-class research underway on a wide range of topics, including climate and weather, many believe that scientific research is Boulder’s most important industry.

In 2007, several CU-Boulder research faculty members shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Vice President Al Gore for their contributions to the international report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Presented by John Zavalney

When it comes to educating people, John Zavalney is an expert. An award-winning teacher who has worked in the Los Angeles public school system for more than 20 years, he is now a science expert at the San Pedro Science Center. He became interested in climate change during his long career as an educator and has been involved in a variety of environmental education programs. John has always had a passion for science, and was especially motivated when he participated in a taping of a presentation by Al Gore that was shown in An Inconvenient Truth. He received an American Teacher Award as one of the top three science teachers in the country and was awarded the Global Leadership Award in Education by the Jane Goodall Institute. John also runs a 3-acre urban garden that showcases food sustainability.

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