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He Spent 40 Years Alone in the Woods, and Now Scientists Love Him | Short Film Showcase

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Welcome to Gothic, Colorado—one of the coldest places in the United States. This ghost town has been abandoned since the 1920s, but there is at least one person who still calls it home. For more than 40 years, current resident billy barr has lived in a small cabin, recording data about the snowpack to pass the time. In this short film, Morgan Heim of Day’s Edge Productions profiles the legendary local who inadvertently provided scientists with a treasure trove of climate change data. Winner of the Film4Climate competition organized by the Connect4Climate Program of the World Bank (film4climate.net). ➡ Subscribe: http://bit.ly/NatGeoSubscribe ➡ Get More Short Film Showcase: http://bit.ly/ShortFilmShowcase About Short Film Showcase: The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the web and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners. Know of a great short film that should be part of our Showcase? Email [email protected] to submit a video for consideration. See more from National Geographic's Short Film Showcase at http://documentary.com Get More National Geographic: Official Site: http://bit.ly/NatGeoOfficialSite Facebook: http://bit.ly/FBNatGeo Twitter: http://bit.ly/NatGeoTwitter Instagram: http://bit.ly/NatGeoInsta About National Geographic: National Geographic is the world's premium destination for science, exploration, and adventure. Through their world-class scientists, photographers, journalists, and filmmakers, Nat Geo gets you closer to the stories that matter and past the edge of what's possible. Day’s Edge Productions: http://www.daysedge.com/ He Spent 40 Years Alone in the Woods, and Now Scientists Love Him | Short Film Showcase https://youtu.be/L72G8TLtTCk National Geographic https://www.youtube.com/natgeo
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Bedolla Sign (5 hours ago)
Dang that must be chill asf to live there , I just need a gang of weed with me
James Barney (7 hours ago)
I have met him
E T (7 hours ago)
Global warming (warning) how are ya! This guys records of snow fall should be documented...they will be valuable resources in yrs. to come....
Daniel Nurick (10 hours ago)
Terrible narration
Just Me (20 hours ago)
scientists love him because he pushes their global warming agenda
sidehatch69 - (21 hours ago)
Not sure who is more aggravating and irritating the guy or narator.
Eric Holm (21 hours ago)
I love that you actually spelled his name exactly how he said it (in the desc)
Kaz Kaz (1 day ago)
Love 😍
Tommy Hammernots (1 day ago)
Keep on guarding that snow, buddy. I’ll keep my shorts on in January, thanks.
Joe Hernandez (1 day ago)
And the Government despises him.
Fahad Nezam (1 day ago)
He's not the " Walakiueha-babaf- atsaduu wacanda foreva" type of person who lives in the woods.
Kasper Kyllo (1 day ago)
Its hamish
Climate paranoia; b.s.
Ali Mohammed (1 day ago)
Every introvert dream
Kski (1 day ago)
That “shaq” is nicer than my house. He’s getting paid by someone
Saba T (2 days ago)
This is a bit misleading title, because he is living very advanced life there, obviously has a lot of money to afford to live like this. A bit boring...
Brett Oaks (2 days ago)
They think they got it all figured out huh
This planet existed before humans, eventually it will be time for us to go just as all things have. We for sure are causing a change to this planet, but then again all things are always changing. We can try our best as a species. However. know that if something can be born it too can & will die. This is all natural, it is all okay. You reading this are right here right now, live!
MR Burford (2 days ago)
Clement change is a lie.. Jesus is the Truth..
mimi maca (2 days ago)
i live in tent near valentine in rdr2
Scrambled 59 (2 days ago)
WE'VE FOUND SANTA!!!!!
JB Gant (3 days ago)
I should have known it would be political BS.
Kevin Zhou (3 days ago)
This is leftist propaganda!
woljang (1 day ago)
Climate change goes beyond the left/right dichotomy.
yokehuatgoh (3 days ago)
why? … talk about killing time… 40 years of it…
Mark Wiedle (3 days ago)
Most people are in the woods about everything.
Bean Soup (3 days ago)
This video is bs it's pushing climate change which is also bs
TESTING 123 (4 days ago)
I grew up there and I can tell you it is extremely expensive two to three times as much as living in New York City or Los Angeles, so there has to be a way he's supplementing his income cuz I guarantee he's not setting they're just watching snow all year long!
card pro (5 days ago)
1:05 music name?
Rodrigo Pagés (5 days ago)
my dream
Paul Rogers (5 days ago)
Billy is bored Mother Nature made humans because she wanted to raise the climate. Once she has it where she wants she’ll deal with us.
Byron Allen (5 days ago)
This anecdotal climate data is very misleading. The temperature rise for the past 50 Years is not more than .5 C which nobody can "feel". If his climate was warmer, somebody else's climate is colder because the average for the world is undetectable by a human, and barely detectable by scientific equipment. In huge areas of the globe , there are no measurement systems. Siberia has 2 weather stations so use of satellite data is the only real source and we have that data.
3D Arts (6 days ago)
who is financing him how he survive? who is paying?
Amelia N (6 days ago)
I want to be Billy when I grow up...Except wait a minute, I hate snow ❄️So basically I just want to live in seclusion drinking tea and reading books when I grow up.
Pete Nice (6 days ago)
Climate change is caused by corporations and not the individual person. The blame is misdirected
d mar (6 days ago)
click my icon ifnu want to live
Steven Eckhoff (6 days ago)
Living the dream!
Jason Tomisser (6 days ago)
Worst.Clickbait.Ever. I should have known. A. I thought it was complete isolation. B. Climate change...come on. /sigh Do people not do basic math?! 40 years worth of data when the earth is estimated at 4.5 billion years old...that's seriously a sample of .0000000088%. I would love to see some scientists who actually present good arguments for and against it rather than claiming a 1/112,500,000th sample of data is empirical? /palmface Seriously though...can we get past the point of so-called experts screaming at us "IT'S REAL, YOU MUST BELIEVE!!!1!11!!!one!!!" to actually trying to understand the macrocosm that is planet Earth.
Shannon Fraiser (7 days ago)
True hero
Fernando Dias (7 days ago)
Where did he get is income from? He must have been born into a golden cradle.
Carter (8 days ago)
Idk why but I really hate the title.
Edgar Marsalla (9 days ago)
I wonder what's Mr. Billy Barr's Facebook or Twitter account. I wanna add him as my FB friend 😂🤣😂
jen zydyk (9 days ago)
The way to adapt to climate change is to fall on the rich. Specifically on their necks. And if they don’t break, get up and stomp them
Care Cup (9 days ago)
I wonder why scientists love him. Does it have anything to do with pushing their climate agenda?
woljang (1 day ago)
Do you know anything about the scientific process?
Joe Blow (10 days ago)
dude is a loser
e san (10 days ago)
Amazing. What a life!
Dean Heath (11 days ago)
Snow Hippie. Love it.
Mr. Joe (11 days ago)
The guy probably has a fake back injury and lives off disability insurance.
John Peraro (11 days ago)
Thank you for keeping chart of the snow and everything else the nature thank you for keeping track of that
Janita Quinn (11 days ago)
Let's guess. Global warming right. It could not possibly be mother nature good it. These money grabbing leftists democrats. Make me sick the world has been here lo my before these clowns. And Wil be here long after we are gone. Biggest lie in the world.
woljang (1 day ago)
The amount of carbon-dioxide has increased substantially over the past decades. It is a scientific fact that the long-wavelength sunrays reflected from the surface of the earth are absorbed by greenhouse gases (water vapor, methane, and carbon-dioxide) as heat. Of course there are natural changes to the climate, no scientist disagrees with this. But that's not to say that the current changes in temperature are natural, as they most likely are not.
Bugout Bubba (11 days ago)
Great science! Probably similar to mainstream science. Always a great idea to base global warming "facts" on the opinions of an old hippy and the very tiny realm in which he lives. No wonder scientists love him. He thinks just like they do. And he agrees with their agenda. That's modern science for you, constantly embracing what they like and ignoring what the don't.
woljang (1 day ago)
Do you believe that anthropogenic global warming is based entirely on this one data-point?
Gabby K (12 days ago)
"I don't know how you reverse something like that." You don't. Nature does. Stick around for a couple more years and you'll see what I mean.
woljang (1 day ago)
+Gabby K Yes, plants are growing and dying all the time but this does not mean that CO2 is being constantly removed. When the plants die, they release CO2. This can happen in a variety of ways, forest fires, decomposition, and animals/plants metabolizing it's sugars. I think of forests as a sink of CO2. Any place that does not have forests, because of industrialization, is a place where it is possible to have a sink of carbon-dioxide. However, when the forests are removed, the CO2, as I said, is released. This is why many consider preserving rain-forests as an issue of climate change. As for CO2 being a real issue or just a way for government to increase control, I think it can be both. I think that the science is definitely there, but I also think that government wants to constantly increase it's power, and this is just another opportunity. Like, you can't decrease the individuals dependency on fossil fuels, the entire techno-industrial system is basically built off it's back. So any taxes on petrol is just government grabbing money. I prefer tax-breaks on electric cars instead, but even these are not without production of CO2 (even in countries with 100% renewable energy). On the immigration issue, I one-hundred percent agree with you. I would go as far as saying that environmentalism & immigration are almost completely incompatible. The only thing immigration will do is raise the consumption & carbon emissions of africans & other third-worlders to western standards. Not only that, but any immigration will reduce human-biodiversity & homogenize culture into the same modern garbage everywhere. I would recommend you to check out potholer54, he has some good videos on the topic and attempts to be as unbiased as possible. As for who is promoting this, you may be right in that they seem to be kinda semitic. Basically globohomo humanists, many such people are environmentalists. But in my opinion, true environmentalism is right-wing exclusively. There are some good authors on this, Kaczynski is favorite of mine, and also Pentti Linkola.
Gabby K (1 day ago)
+woljang Plants are growing and dying all the time though. More CO2 gives more fuel for more plants to grow, doesn't it? If CO2 is actually an issue and not just a forced and shilled way for people to get rich by taxing and regulating us more, shouldn't the main concern then be overpopulation and immigration into first world countries rather than current city CO2 emissions? African population is supposed to vastly eclipse all other populations in a few years. I can agree that it might be an issue, but I've heard of way too many actual accredited scientists denying it's a major problem and seen too many (mostly Jewish) shilling of it to trust anything I hear.
woljang (1 day ago)
+Gabby K That's because they don't actually remove CO2 from the atmosphere in the long-term. They will "store" some carbon-dioxide as they grow, but a mature forest will not be constantly removing CO2.
Gabby K (1 day ago)
+woljang Also we're entering a grand solar minimum. Just so you know. We'll feel the cold very soon.
Life-Money-Adventure (13 days ago)
billy, I hope you can share some more of your life lessons one day! You have a lot more than the weather to teach the world about.
Hunter Hill (16 days ago)
What does he do for money to pay for things such as property taxes etc?
Will G. (16 days ago)
How does he pay property tax?
Richard warren (16 days ago)
Scientist love him? then it's a fraud for higher taxes and population control, look at California and wake up zombies!!!!
sexy korean girl (17 days ago)
why is he single?
Gabby K (12 days ago)
Finding a traditional girl to move out to a cabin in the woods and not be able to have constant luxury items like makeup and stuff is pretty hard these days.
Ricardo Solorio (15 days ago)
He ate his wife on hard times.
NeilLB7 (18 days ago)
You cannot reverse the trends of planet earth. The weather will not remain constant for billions of years. Has it ever?
Kay Kilby (18 days ago)
I believe he made such a great contribution to science that he does deserve recognition....which proves one life to live does matter...!!!!
Black Belt Finance (18 days ago)
Santa 🎅 lost some weight
Arthita Dasgupta (19 days ago)
Did I just see "Marjani Marjani" song😨of boleywood in his TV.??!!, cricket & stuffs ...quite similar to Indian people 😂😂!!!
UrbanExplorer1000 (20 days ago)
sad he will probly die there alone
Cannab1s 71 (20 days ago)
I wish I could live like him outside of this world...
wade5941 (20 days ago)
Glad he enjoys it. Definitely not my cup of tea.
devkam13 (21 days ago)
No one denies climate change...common sense thinkers and intelligent individuals know it's natural...
Jim Carpenter (23 days ago)
Adapt to adaptation.
Danny Pool (24 days ago)
why is this all about living in the ice cold never about a warm place like Florida
Tessa Fieryphoenix (25 days ago)
молодчина, кушать возможность этак существовать, наши пожилые люди если бы и захотели, не смогли бы, средств и на одну солнечную батарею не насобирают....
Beatriz Vzla (26 days ago)
Let the Colorado river flow again
jim halpert (26 days ago)
Lol.. 40 years is not long enough to predict any type of climate change....Greeners need to better than someone sitting in a cabin for 40 years.
woljang (1 day ago)
i mean it's just one data-point for precipitation. of course the theory of anthropogenic climate change is not based around this one measurement.
PhilHewkin (27 days ago)
what an amazing coincidence this guy's snowfall data complements global warmist climate change promoters!
Ben Pantera (27 days ago)
i use to love national georgraphy when they not infiltrated by globalist new world order by pushing marxist global warming hoax.
Serendipitous Illicit (28 days ago)
I'd like to do this
Smug Smugly (28 days ago)
Must be Inbred like the Clintons
MrRoy TV (28 days ago)
Bollywood & Cricket... Indian Things❤️🇮🇳
yfelwulf (29 days ago)
More non existant climate change garbage
Christy Ann Cormier (29 days ago)
Congratulations i salute you Sir!
I wanna see the female version of this
Sunny (1 month ago)
oh, and he is only 42
Pignuglama (1 month ago)
Hey yo billy can I come live with you?
Arni Kickz (1 month ago)
this guy got to miss out on the cancer that we have to go through lucky him
IIJG27Rich (1 month ago)
This guy isn't alone and it's National Geographic witch isn't what it use to be. How to you improve the weather? Get rid of the Rosthchilds that's how
beautifulsmall (1 month ago)
the point is we have to change the trajectory of a roller coaster carriage that is going downhill at an exponential rate and the track is getting less sturdy.
shelley williams (1 month ago)
3:13 the long line in the sky. There is your climate change right there. Geo engineering.. Look up, wake up..
Thomas Newton (1 month ago)
Anyone know what the piece of music was at the end? Starts at 3:59. Listened to the music listed in the credits, didn't find it.
Wes Garven (1 month ago)
Just another piece of propaganda to try and convince people of the "global warming" farce.
laalki80 (1 month ago)
I'll do it.
Tim Wang (1 month ago)
thats like brady barr from aj
Phil (1 month ago)
He looks like Santa Claus.
LANDS EVERYWHERE (1 month ago)
whats so sad is the government has power to change the world (weather), but they withhold for their own deceitful and profitable purposes. if there is a machines that can cause catastrophic earthquakes, and as well a machine that can make clouds that produce rain...imagine what else they are capable of. its mind boggling
Grete Bremseth (2 days ago)
LANDS EVERYWHERE Get off the cool aide sweetie!
knicknak1 (1 month ago)
Thier is nothing better than a log fire a good book and cup of quality tea And nobody to disturb you
Elena Riabinina (1 month ago)
I would love to live this life. Please invite me there!
V_xne V_xne (1 month ago)
Santa is that you.....?
NBOYD (1 month ago)
Bet he is in better shape then most of the ppl who commented on this video
Astrid (1 month ago)
Ideal husband
Creative Expressions (1 month ago)
I would ask billy if he sees "contrails" in the sky in criss-cross patterns and on and off starting/spraying. Curious
Peppermint (1 month ago)
What's up with the music? Anyhow, this guys is breathing the purest air not to mention the smell of that alpine forest. Meanwhile I live near a Highway.
zizzy (1 month ago)
....and dreams of "Bollywood".....toast to that...finally
Raven WrenDraco (1 month ago)
This was cool......
Joshua Hudson (1 month ago)
More brainwashing liberal propaganda. Sigh.
Andy Chua (1 month ago)
i like the way he lived....

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