Environmental News

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


Diane Shader Smith

King tides offer look at the coast’s flooded future with sea-level rise

The extreme king tides of the past few days occur only once or twice a year, but they offer a glimpse of what normal tides will be eventually be doing daily as the result of rising sea levels.

Border walls already take a toll on wildlife

Two years ago, along the southern border west of El Paso, a Mexican gray wolf loped north through the Chihuahuan Desert and into the United States. A few days later, unable to find a mate, he returned to Mexico.

California condor channels ‘Harry Potter’ in latest giant-bird release above San Simeon

A California condor named Cedric — released Dec. 28, 2018 — is the fourth juvenile from a cohort of six of the giant birds to be set free in the mountains above San Simeon since November.

Wildlife needs help when it snows

The Missouri Department of Conservation is reminding landowners to feed songbirds and other wildlife during the winter season.

What to do in the garden in January? Plenty. Here are 26 ideas

Happy 2019! Let’s make some resolutions so we’ll all have more colorful, productive, water-wise, sustainable and edible gardens this year.

Visit Environmental Science Museum & Exotic Wildlife Rescue Facility

Located in Culver City, Star Eco Station is equal parts environmental science museum, an exotic wildlife rescue center, and a haven for endangered and illegally-trafficked exotic animals confiscated by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. 

Scientists identify how plants sense temperature

With a temperature sensor in hand, researchers can engineer crops that produce yields in warmer climates.

Success! New California Law Protects Endangered Humpback Whales

In 2016, 71 whales became entangled in fishing nets off the coast of Washington, Oregon and California — the most ever recorded.

Cloned ancient redwood trees could be the key to fighting climate change

Trees cloned from ancient redwood DNA could help combat climate change, according to arborists from a nonprofit group.

Monarch Butterfly in Crisis, Population Numbers Drop Drastically in One Year

The phenomenal decline of monarch butterflies in California is worrying wildlife conservationists. A comparison of their current numbers indicates the butterflies are down by 86 percent from last year’s figures. Unfortunately, the numbers of the iconic creatures have declined by about 97 percent since the early 1980s.