"The Navajo Nation is a perfect place for many things, such as taking a scenic drive or buying authentic native jewelry.
Now we can add an important scientific study to the list.
Atmospheric data collection equipment recently was installed on Roof Butte, putting Diné College's Diné Environmental Institute on the global map.
The instrument, called Rocky RACCOON No. 6, is the sixth to be installed on planet Earth through a program at the National Center for Atmospheric Sciences.
Rocky will collect carbon dioxide information that can help scientists study global warming.
With power plants in the West and climate change getting so much attention, such information can be a powerful tool for the entire world. It can be a step in helping with new emissions standards and with finding new green technology to protect our planet.
For the Nation, it's important, too.
The Nation sees potential positive outcomes from carbon trading on the horizon, said Marnie Carroll, the Diné institute director."
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Editorial: Rocky RACCOON plus Navajo Nation — a perfect fit
(The Farmington Daily Times 12/5)
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Navajo Nation college hosts observing station