Environmental News

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


Diane Shader Smith

The real dirt: Choose fire resistant plants in ‘firewise’ lanscaping

In the wake of the devastating Camp Fire, thousands of Butte County residents are facing the daunting task of rebuilding their homes and landscaping their yards from scratch. They may be re-evaluating their landscapes and wondering if there are more fire resistant plants that can be substituted for those that burned.

The most gorgeous wildlife photos of 2018 shine a light on nature’s bizarre and wonderful beauty

Marsel van Oosten slipped and stumbled over logs, struggling to lug his camera gear through the verdant mountain forests of China. Undeterred, he pressed on, finally capturing a stunning photo of a pair of golden snub-nosed monkeys, an eye-catching shot that would win him £10,000.

A 4-inch salamander might stop Northern California dam project

A trio of tiny salamander species could mean big trouble for federal officials spearheading a controversial $1.4 billion project to raise the Shasta Dam in Northern California.

California Native Plant Society works to remove invasive iceplant on Sonoma Coast

The invasive plant carpets a significant swath of the landscape, choking out and killing native species and marring what otherwise is a gorgeous setting.

Ocean advocates, La Mer Maids, scour the sea for marine life and debris

A group of ocean enthusiasts would depart from Marina del Rey looking for whales, dolphins and other marine creatures commonly found along the coast in the Santa Monica Bay.

Big Bear Lake is home to a growing tourist economy and a small band of bald eagles. But for how long?

Tourists driving bumper-to-bumper up the mountain for a weekend in the snow. Bald eagles perching in scraggly pines and swooping down to feed on fish. Both are staples of Big Bear Lake — for now.

California Urged to Weigh Costs of Push for Clean Cars

Over the last two decades, California lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have teamed up to create some of the strictest clean air and energy standards in the world.

Will mainstreaming traditional Chinese medicine threaten wildlife?

Conservationists worry that an upcoming World Health Organization decision may endanger animals.

UW Researchers Explore Genetics of California Mountain Lions to Inform Future Conservation

Fragmentation of wildlife populations is increasing on a global scale, and understanding current genetic structure, genetic diversity and genetic connectivity is key to informing future wildlife management and conservation.

Paper outlines how L.A. County can adapt its water supply for climate change

UCLA report calls for conservation, policy and infrastructure improvements.