Environmental News

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


Diane Shader Smith

Santa Cruz dump, a wildlife haven, is a treat for birdwatchers

The sun had just risen, but its warm rays hadn’t yet crept into the bottom of the canyon. The air was crisp and clean. Birds rustled in the trees and brush around the pond in the canyon’s depths.

Our Plastic Addiction Has Reached A New Crisis Level

At this point, recycling won’t save us. But there are some other scientific innovations that might.

How can students help to save the climate?

Climate change is one of the biggest controversial debates among experts and politicians these days. The debate has become a hotter topic among college students after experts recently shared concerns, warning that the climate is changing very fast.

Plants’ defense against insects is a bouquet

Researchers have revealed how the mixture of chemical weapons deployed by plants keeps marauding insects off base better than a one-note defense. This insight goes beyond the ecological convention of studying a single chemical compound a plant is packing and offers new ways to approach agricultural pest management.

What they’re reading: 2018 Pritkzer Award candidates book recommendations

We’re proud of all our Pritzker candidates – the work they have done, and will continue to do. Here’s what they’re reading:

Call Them Canna-Bees. How Cannabis Helps Bees and Vice Versa.

The relationship between bees and cannabis is making headlines in both the scientific and entrepreneurial world. And it just may be a match made in heaven.

Researchers reverse engineer way pine trees produce green chemicals worth billions

Researchers have reverse engineered the way a pine tree produces a resin, which could serve as an environmentally friendly alternative to a range of fossil-fuel based products worth billions of dollars.

‘Rethinking The Past’ In The Aftermath Of California’s Deadly Wildfires

From the air, the scale of the devastation in and around Paradise, Calif., is, simply put, alarming.

CALM celebrates 35 years bringing California Wildlife to Kern County, 16 years of HolidayLights

In 1983, California Living Museum opened its doors for the first time. Thirty-five years later, more than 325 animal call CALM home on its 14 acres.  Most of the animals are native to California, others very common to the area.

Researchers warn of ‘extinction domino effect’

New research explores the possibilities of a single species’ extinction triggering an “extinction domino effect.”