Environmental News

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


Diane Shader Smith

What to do in the garden in January? Plenty. Here are 26 ideas

Happy 2019! Let’s make some resolutions so we’ll all have more colorful, productive, water-wise, sustainable and edible gardens this year.

Visit Environmental Science Museum & Exotic Wildlife Rescue Facility

Located in Culver City, Star Eco Station is equal parts environmental science museum, an exotic wildlife rescue center, and a haven for endangered and illegally-trafficked exotic animals confiscated by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. 

Scientists identify how plants sense temperature

With a temperature sensor in hand, researchers can engineer crops that produce yields in warmer climates.

Success! New California Law Protects Endangered Humpback Whales

In 2016, 71 whales became entangled in fishing nets off the coast of Washington, Oregon and California — the most ever recorded.

Cloned ancient redwood trees could be the key to fighting climate change

Trees cloned from ancient redwood DNA could help combat climate change, according to arborists from a nonprofit group.

Monarch Butterfly in Crisis, Population Numbers Drop Drastically in One Year

The phenomenal decline of monarch butterflies in California is worrying wildlife conservationists. A comparison of their current numbers indicates the butterflies are down by 86 percent from last year’s figures. Unfortunately, the numbers of the iconic creatures have declined by about 97 percent since the early 1980s.

California Chefs Collaborate On Book Promising Ecological Food

Farm to table has become the calling card for many restaurants, just as organic produce has become the gold standard in the grocery store and farmer’s market. Now The Ecology Center has taken the effort further.

In defense of snakes and lizards in Southern California

Reptile stories from tail to trail.

Around the world, miles of rock are missing. Could ‘Snowball Earth’ be the culprit?

When the famed explorer John Wesley Powell bumped, splashed and thrashed his way down the Colorado River in 1869, he discovered one of the most striking geologic features on Earth. Not the Grand Canyon — although that too is a marvel — but a conspicuous boundary between the sunset-colored sediments of the upper walls and the dark, jagged rocks below them.

Climate News Round-Up: January 2019

Habitat is essential for building resilience in both insect populations and our landscapes. Xerces conservationists work with farmers across the country to plan and install new habitats on farms.