Environmental News

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


Diane Shader Smith

Where Will All the Water Go?

The non-negotiable human need for water is already bumping into our changing atmosphere.

Why birds prefer wealthy neighborhoods in South Africa

It’s the first time this so-called “luxury effect” has been confirmed outside of Europe, the United States, and Australia.

Beloved on Instagram, succulents are vanishing from state parks. Officials blame a foreign black market.

On Friday, the three men were charged with stealing more than $600,000 worth of wild succulents from public lands and attempting to smuggle them into Asia, where a lucrative black market for the trendy houseplants is flourishing.

Turning poop into power: California dairies appeal for more state climate change money

Joey Airoso last year hooked his dairy into a huge California renewable energy project, a network of farms that turns the gas leaking off manure from 35,000 cows into a biofuel.
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Santa Barbara Zoo Workers Lionized for Helping Bring Back Endangered Species

Nine Santa Barbara Zoo employees have received the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2018 Recovery Champion Award recognizing their collective work to advance the recovery of endangered and threatened species on the California coast.

75 Acres of Sierra National Forest Meadows to be Restored as Wildlife Conservation Board Funds Environmental Improvement and Acquisition Projects, CDFW Reports

At its May 22 quarterly meeting, the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) approved approximately $15 million in grants to help restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat throughout California. Some of the 21 approved projects will benefit fish and wildlife — including some endangered species — while others will provide public access to important natural resources. 

Red-legged frogs successfully reintroduced to Yosemite

New egg batches have been spotted, which is unusual.

Five Ways National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools USA Boosts Climate Literacy

A 2016 survey of science teachers found that, on average, American students are getting just one or two hours of climate education per year.

Free lunchtime webinars to be offered during invasive species week

UC Cooperative Extension will offer free lunchtime webinars during Invasive Species Action Week, June 3-7.