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He Spent 40 Years Alone in the Woods, and Now Scientists Love Him

For more than 40 years, billy barr has recorded data about the snowpack to pass the time. In this short film, Morgan Heim of Day’s Edge Productions profiles the man who inadvertently provided scientists with a treasure trove of climate change data.

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