environment

Kaibab National Forest

Wildfires in the West have gotten bigger and more intense over the last 40 years. The amount of land area burned has increased six-fold. On the Colorado Plateau, fires strip away plant life and open up a window to the past, revealing information from thousands of years ago.


Earth Notes: Fireflies in Flagstaff

Jul 12, 2017
Jason Wilder

Jason Wilder was out looking for owls around Mount Elden one evening in June 2014. The Flagstaff biology professor noticed a tiny green light glowing on the forest floor, and in a careful search he found the light was coming from a flightless female firefly.


Alan English CPA/Flickr

Environmental groups say they’ve gathered more than 2.5 million comments in support of national monuments in Arizona. It comes as the Trump administration conducts a review of more than two dozen monument designations. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


Scott Thybony

Arizona is in the midst of an intense summer heatwave. As uncomfortable as it might be, the summer season, historically, signifies life and growth. Commentator Scott Thybony recently traveled to a summer solstice spot in the Little Colorado River Basin, and brings home the point that summer is deliberate and necessary. 


Melissa Sevigny

Polls show that Americans are ambivalent about the role of science in our society. Ironically, there’s plenty of research about why people mistrust research. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny discussed those findings with Rod Parnell, environmental science professor at Northern Arizona University.


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