Environmental News

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


Diane Shader Smith

Birds Are Important

Birds are important to us in ways we are only beginning to understand. Here are just a few ways that birds matter — not just to us, but to the world.

Garden Q & A – Floral Arrangements

CNPS Garden Q & A with Richard Hayden, Garden Director for the Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden in Palo Alto


Your real Christmas tree, completely cleaned of all tinsel, lights, and ornaments, can be recycled in all sorts of ways. 

Malibu wants to ban all pesticides. The state of California says that’s against the law

Earlier this month, the City Council approved a sweeping chemical ban that could pave the way for other coastal cities looking to protect wildlife by limiting toxicants.

Insect Apocalypse? What Is Really Happening; Why it Matters; and How We All Can Help

Studies from across the world show that insects are declining. There is much we do not know, but we do know enough to take action now.

How to start gardening to encourage wildlife

To truly support wildlife, you need to provide food, water, shelter, and a space for the wildlife to raise young. Even a small balcony garden can become a haven for wildlife if you provide these essentials.

It’s ‘nature’s sports drink’: Ants live off urine on dry Australian island

Insects crave the urine of people, kangaroos, and other animals, likely to survive the island’s nutrient-scarce environment. They even prefer it to sugar water.

Dancing chimpanzees may reveal how humans started to boogie

Hattori has now published her research showing that chimps respond to sounds, both rhythmic and random, by “dancing.”

Legal Petition Urges Trump FDA to Label Fruit Sprayed With Antibiotics

It follows the Environmental Protection Agency’s emergency approvals of the medically important antibiotics streptomycin and oxytetracycline for use as pesticides on citrus and other crops over the past three years.

IUCN Acting Director General’s Statement on International Migrants Day

According to UNHCR, the global population of forcibly displaced people stood at around 70.8 million in 2018, and is now at its highest recorded level.