Environment

Burn coal, feed the planet?

Burn coal, feed the planet?

State Senator Chester Crandell, R-Heber, says he doesn’t want the Environmental Protection Agency regulating carbon dioxide from Arizona’s coal-fired power plants because it could lead to global starvation. Crandell, who represents Flagstaff, made the comments during a hearing of SCR1022, at the Government and Environment committee meeting last week. The resolution’s stated purpose is to...

No such thing as free parking

No such thing as free parking

Next time you’re searching for a parking space and someone grabs a spot from right in front of you, it might seem like the last space left on Earth, but ponder this: there are at least 500 million empty spaces in the United States at any given time. The 250 million cars and trucks...

Drug trade destroying forests

Drug trade destroying forests

The remains of a burned-out airplane sits at the edge of a primitive runway cut crudely into the old-growth rainforest of Honduras. It’s become a common sight in the national parks of Central America. Narco traffickers will clearcut a landing strip, fly in their drugs and then torch the plane and hop a commercial...

Loggers ready to gear up in northern Arizona

Loggers ready to gear up in northern Arizona

Slash. Burn. Cut. This coming year, northern Arizona will leap into an era of logging not seen in a generation. The historic Four Forest Restoration Initiative will begin in earnest on the region’s forests in 2014. That means logging trucks, and lots of them. The 4FRI contractors will work to complete more than 20,000...

Climate change makes grass greener — at first

Climate change makes grass greener — at first

Bruce Hungate reaches down and plucks a bit of tumbleweed from a small, PVC pipe planter buried among the grasslands north of the San Francisco Peaks. A fierce wind sways the surrounding landscape of long, tanned grass stalks in unison and clanks the metal flaps of a wind gauge, heralding the oncoming spring snowstorm....

Roses are red, but not green

Roses are red, but not green

(ISNS)—For many Americans, giving your significant other a dozen sweet-smelling roses is the ultimate symbol of Valentine’s Day affection, but it might not be the best expression of love for your planet. Behind the rose’s showy beauty often lurks an ugly environmental story that growers and activists are slowly working to change. In the...

Pond scum an alternative to foreign oil

Pond scum an alternative to foreign oil

Instability in many of the world’s largest oil producing nations has gas prices on the rise and policy makers again considering alternatives. But biofuels, which were once heralded as a way to wean the country off of imported foreign oil, also come with their own disadvantages. Recently, fuels made from algae have gotten increased...