Environmental News

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


Diane Shader Smith

My Journey to Create the Future of Plastic Recycling

Globally, only 9% of plastics produced are recycled; the rest is incinerated, landfilled, or exported to developing nations where they often enter marine habitats. At the current accumulation rate, the scientific community predicts there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans by 2050.  

How Does California’s Wildlife Cope With Massive Wildfires?

Researchers at the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area are trying to better understand animal survival tactics.

How plants evolved to make ants their servants

Plants have evolved ways to make ants defend them from attacks and spread their seeds, and this new study shows how it happened.

Con­ser­va­tion areas help bird­life ad­apt to cli­mate change

A warming climate is pushing organisms towards the circumpolar areas and mountain peaks. A recently conducted study on changes in bird populations reveals that protected areas slow down the north-bound retreat of species.

Gray wolves once again running wild in California

The Santa Ynez Valley Natural History Society, with co-host Los Olivos Library, invites the public to learn more about the reintroduction and recovery of gray wolves in California and elsewhere in the West after nearly 90 years’ absence in the wild.


California loves its locally sourced meat and dairy, but conservationists claim the foodie trend can cause serious damage to the state’s grasslands.

California rejects $9 billion bond for water infrastructure

California voters rejected borrowing nearly $9 billion for water infrastructure improvement projects despite the state suffering from chronic water scarcity.

Pasadena Health Department to Update Committee on Progress of Urban Wildlife Management Plan

Pasadena’s Public Health Director Michael Johnson will brief the City Council’s Public Safety Committee on Monday about the progress of an Urban Wildlife Management Plan that the department is preparing to provide guidance for City staff and area residents.

Bring on the Berries For The Birds

Whether or not birds get loopy on certain berries, one thing is certain: in fall and winter when insects are not as plentiful, many bird species rely on berry-producing trees, bushes, vines and groundcovers, to either fatten up for migration, or simply to sustain themselves on their home turf.

Local students explore Channel Islands in Catalina

Fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students at Montessori Center School set out on a voyage in October to spend five days at the Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI) in the Channel Islands.