Environmental News

A curated set of environmental news stories brought to you by the Gottlieb Native Garden team.


Diane Shader Smith

A Transformative Deal for Nature

Like the 2015 Paris climate accord, this new agreement could mark a turning point in how we manage our relationship to nature.

Aphid-munching beetle could help save hemlock forests

An introduced beetle that eats the eggs of the hemlock woolly adelgid is showing promise.

Officials propose California butterfly for threatened list

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed adding a California butterfly to the list of threatened species, officials said.

New Year’s Resolution: Plant a tree

Winter is a good time to plant a tree. Winter rains will settle the soil around the roots, so that they are ready for growth in the spring.

Sierra Nevada Red Fox Proposed for Endangered Species Act Protection

n response to a petition and lawsuits from the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed protecting one of North America’s rarest mammals, the Sierra Nevada red fox, as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act.

Birds Are Important

Birds are important to us in ways we are only beginning to understand. Here are just a few ways that birds matter — not just to us, but to the world.


Your real Christmas tree, completely cleaned of all tinsel, lights, and ornaments, can be recycled in all sorts of ways. 

Malibu wants to ban all pesticides. The state of California says that’s against the law

Earlier this month, the City Council approved a sweeping chemical ban that could pave the way for other coastal cities looking to protect wildlife by limiting toxicants.

Insect Apocalypse? What Is Really Happening; Why it Matters; and How We All Can Help

Studies from across the world show that insects are declining. There is much we do not know, but we do know enough to take action now.

How to start gardening to encourage wildlife

To truly support wildlife, you need to provide food, water, shelter, and a space for the wildlife to raise young. Even a small balcony garden can become a haven for wildlife if you provide these essentials.