Environmental News

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


Diane Shader Smith

The real renewable energy storage solution

Right here at UC Irvine, we’re doing a little science experiment that could make a big difference for countries around the globe as they look for ways to replace fossil fuels and stop climate change. This experiment is focused on how to store extra solar energy.

California restaurants add optional 1 percent surcharge to help combat climate change

Some California restaurant-goers will now have the option to add a 1 percent surcharge to their bill to help farmers combat climate change.

Endangered White Abalone Program Yields Biggest Spawning Success Yet

Millions of Eggs Bring Program 1 Step Closer to Saving Species

Lawsuit Challenges California Development’s Threat to Condors, Tribal Religious Practices

Conservation and tribal groups sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for authorizing a Tejon Ranch Company plan to build luxury housing, golf courses and resort hotels on thousands of acres of critical habitat for California condors in Kern County. 

L.A. takes climate change fight to the streets by pouring cooler pavement

The gray sludge poured out of giant plastic buckets like pancake batter. Workers in neon vests and spiky cleats squeegeed it across a parking lot in downtown Los Angeles, smoothing it into a thin layer beneath a cloudless sky.

Saving Ecosystems to Protect the Climate, and Vice Versa: a Global Deal for Nature

A new study explores how to prevent a sixth great extinction and stop climate change at the same time. Forests, tundra and other ecosystems play critical roles.

UCI professor shows how plastics have become a killing machine for coral reefs

Will disease spread to humans?

This Artist Transforms Ocean Plastics Into Stunning Sculptures

They’ll make you rethink the things you throw away.

What’s Growing On: Restoring native oaks

Imagine for a moment what our Valley looked like only two centuries ago.

No Bees, No Food

Millions of bees are dying off, with alarming consequences for our environment and our food supply. We rely on bees to pollinate everything from almonds to strawberries to the alfalfa used to feed dairy cows. What happens if the bees disappear? It’s simple: No bees, no food.