Environmental News

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


Diane Shader Smith

Scripps Study Finds Climate Change Will Cause Wet and Dry Extremes in California

A study led by Scripps Institution of Oceanography suggests that a new pattern of wet and dry extremes is emerging in California with extreme precipitation caused by streams of moisture in the sky known as atmospheric rivers.

Scientists confirm tree planting is our best solution to climate change

New research suggests that tree planting isn’t just a feel-good volunteer activity — it could actually be the cheapest and most effective tool against global warming that exists.

Why animals are getting their own freeway overpasses in California, the West; more planned

Even butterflies are getting an assist.

Federal Judge Upholds Protections for California Gnatcatcher

A federal court in the District of Columbia upheld federal protections Wednesday for the California gnatcatcher bird by dismissing a lawsuit by a developer group who said the coastal bird was not qualified to receive protections.

Is wildfire management ‘for the birds?’

Spotted owl populations are in decline all along the West Coast, and as climate change increases the risk of large and destructive wildfires in the region, these iconic animals face the real threat of losing even more of their forest habitat.

A quiet victory in defense of three of California’s rare amphibians.

Sometimes a “win” is the fight you don’t have to have. Instead of victories proclaimed from the steps of the courthouse, some wins are the quiet kind which involve not having to go back to court at all.

California provides access to money for building resilient neighborhoods

A hot spot smolders in the remains of a home destroyed by fire in the Fountaingrove neighborhood of Santa Rosa, on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017. Insurance rates have risen significantly for homeowners in fire country. Photo by Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group Archives.

Wildlife Groups Seek Endangered Status For California Mountain Lions

These “iconic wild cats” could soon be gone, warn advocates.

California scientists consider case of poisoned songbirds

Researchers with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife have closed the case of the poisoned songbirds. Their conclusion: the birds died after eating elm tree seeds exposed to a pesticide synthetically derived from nicotine.

Removing Barriers to River Health

While many large dams in North America deliver invaluable services—like critical water supplies, clean hydroelectric power, reduced flood risks and recreational opportunities—many more no longer serve their intended purpose and create serious safety and environmental concerns.