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2 prize-winning journalists will report on Amazon, 2 new prizes announced

Mongabay.org August 1, 2014

The current economic, political, and environmental landscape of the Amazon is complicated at best. Protected areas have swelled in recent decades, indigenous rights have been improved in some places, while investments by both foreign and domestic financiers in large-scale energy and infrastructure development have raised questions about their environmental and ...

Next-generation Thirty Meter Telescope begins construction in Hawaii

Thirty Meter Telescope July 28, 2014

Following the approval of a sublease on July 25 by the Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources, the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) announces the beginning of the construction phase on Hawaii Island and around the world throughout the TMT international partnership. Contingent on that decision, the TMT International Observatory ...

NFWF announces $1.23 million in grants to support sustainable fisheries in the U.S.

Washington D.C. — The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) today announced the fourth round of grant awards from its Fisheries Innovation Fund, a program launched in 2010 to support sustainable fisheries in the United States. The goal of the Fisheries Innovation Fund is to sustain fishermen while at the ...
Andes-Amazon Initiative

Brazil could meet all its food demand by 2040 without cutting down another tree

mongabay.com July 24, 2014
Better utilization of its vast areas of pasturelands could enable Brazil to dramatically boost agricultural production without the need to clear another hectare of Amazon rainforest, cerrado, or Atlantic forest, argues a new study published in the journal Global Environmental Change

Modeling agricultural yield potential, Brazilian researchers from the ...
Andes-Amazon Initiative

It takes a rancher to save a rainforest

By Mac Margolis BloombergView July 23, 2014

In the ongoing pillage of tropical rainforests, villains are plenty. None has stoked imaginations like the Amazonian rancher. With his bulldozers and chainsaws, and herds that wander from horizon to horizon, the rainforest cattleman has emerged as Amazonia's public enemy No. 1, his ruin chronicled in titles like "The World ...

Investing in sustainable fisheries

By Nicki Holmyard SeafoodSource.com July 22, 2014
A forward-thinking report, Towards Investment in Sustainable Fisheries: A Framework for Financing the Transition, was launched last week by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), and launched in London by the Prince of Wales. It shows that restoring fisheries around the world can be financially rewarding for investors, as well ...

UGA study presents details of Amazon River Plume, effects on global carbon budget

By Alan Flurry UGA Today July 21, 2014

The Amazon River, the largest in the world in terms of discharge of water, transfers a plume of nutrients and organisms into the ocean that creates a hotspot of microbial activity affecting many global processes, including the storage of atmospheric carbon.

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Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef conference in Brazil

Drovers Cattle Network July 21, 2014

The Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB), announced today that it will host the first Global Conference on Sustainable Beef at the World Trade Events Center in São Paulo, Brazil, Nov. 2-5, 2014. As part of the conference, GRSB will release its long-anticipated definition of global sustainable beef and highlight ...

The $1 paper microscope that could change the world

By Belinda Lanks Business Week July 18, 2014

When diagnosing people in the developing world, health workers often go into the field lugging bulky, fragile, and expensive microscopes. “We ship research equipment and hope it’ll survive,” says Manu Prakash, a biophysicist. While traveling in Thailand, the scientist dreamt up a lightweight, low-cost alternative: a pocket-sized paper microscope made ...

Study: How existing cropland could feed billions more

By Mary Hoff University of Minnesota July 17, 2014
Feeding a growing human population without increasing stresses on Earth’s strained land and water resources may seem like an impossible challenge. But according to a new report by researchers at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment, focusing efforts to improve food systems on a few specific regions, ...