Environmental News

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


Diane Shader Smith

Lessons from Orange County, California’s water strategy

Water is a serious issue for the cities of the world. Even in a wealthy nation such as the United States, people die from toxic water in Flint, Michigan, confront megadroughts in Los Angeles, face salinated aquifers in Miami and worry in Omaha about oil pipeline spills in the Ogallala aquifer.

8 green goals Californians should watch for in 2019

Environmentalists’ focus in 2019 will include continued fight against offshore oil drilling and plastic pollution, and making it easier for those from poorer inland neighborhoods to visit the beach.

Feisty hummingbirds prioritize fencing over feeding

Hummingbirds are fierce fighters, but also efficient feeders with tongues and bills well adapted to extracting every bit of nectar from a flower. Why, then, do the males of some tropical species have bizarre hooks, serrations and hard tips that defeat efficient nectar extraction? Using high-speed video, researchers have documented how these males use their weaponized bills to fight rivals for food and mates, and the trade-offs in choosing fighting prowess over feeding.

California’s Pet Stores To Only Sell Rescue Cats, Dogs And Rabbits

A new law requires all pet stores to identify the public agency, shelter or rescue group that the animals came from.

Easy ways families can use less plastic in the new year

You and your kids can make a difference in the fight against global plastic pollution. And it can be fun.

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.