Environmental News

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


Diane Shader Smith

How COVID-19 has changed the face of the natural world

How has the COVID-19 pandemic influenced the natural environment? Have the numerous national lockdowns had a positive or negative effect on wildlife? In this Special Feature, we answer these and other related questions.

Scientists may have found a new coronavirus rapid-testing method: Bees

The fight against the coronavirus pandemic has scientists tapping an unlikely resource: the finely tuned olfactory sense of bees.

We need native plants and they need us

On March 25, in a unanimous bipartisan vote, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution designating April 2021 as National Native Plant Month. Although the month is behind us, it’s not too late to get behind the resolution.

An Environmental Roadmap

Care for our common home is at the heart of the University of San Diego’s mission. Guided by Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’, the campus community is committed in its efforts to be at the forefront of sustainability in higher education.

Penn Environmental Group releases sustainability cookbook for students

The Penn Environmental Group released an online guide to home cooking, featuring a collection of recipes and tips on how to be more sustainable.

Saving the Super Bloom: Why California’s Wildflowers Are Under Siege

Much of California this spring, however, remained parched and brown. Locations popular for their exceptional wildflower blooms like Anza Borrego Desert State Park—that drew crowds the size of Coachella in 2017 and 2019—produced small, modest wildflower displays

Nursery manager connects to his roots while working with native plants

We can’t save time in a bottle, but Antonio Sanchez believes he can preserve the future in a jar. 

San Diego chapter queues up events for California Native Plant Week

Annual celebration includes field trip, expert garden tips, virtual tours through April 24

Pandemic impacts habitat restoration at LAX Dunes

During a year when many people were cooped up inside, Los Angeles Conservation Corps Field Crew Supervisor Damian Morando is grateful to be outside.

How to celebrate Earth Day on the Midpeninsula: Films, art projects and more

Local groups plan plenty of planet-conscious events