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Can better data help save the oceans? This big foundation thinks so

By Tate Williams Inside Philanthropy February 18, 2015
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Data and oceans are two of the biggest topics in philanthropy these days, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is a leader in both. One of its latest grants targets the intersection of the two, just off the Mid-Atlantic coast.

The foundation recently awarded $1.6 million to Monmouth University ...

WWF: Tuna sector making huge strides toward sustainability

By Drew Cherry Intrafish February 13, 2015
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Bill Fox, vice president Fisheries, WWF US, had an optimistic view of the strides taken to improve the sustainability in the tuna sector of late.

"I've seen more progress in the last five years than in my entire career," he said, speaking at a seminar on the sustainable sourcing policies ...

10 Best Readers' Choice: Best Place for Wildlife

USA Today February 12, 2015
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USA Today's 10 Best Places for Wildlife includes two places that the Moore Foundation has helped conserve:

  • Pacaya Samiria National Reserve 
    USA Today: "A trip to Pacaya Samiria Reserve in the Peruvian Amazon means the chance to see pink and gray river dolphins, howler monkeys, sloths, brilliant macaws and bright butterflies."...

How much carbon are our trees actually sucking up?

By Ben Schiller Fast Company February 11, 2015
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Without a strategy to maintain the world's forests, we may as well give up on climate change and accept our fate. Trees are that important. Deforestation contributes about 15% of all greenhouse gases, because a lot of a tree's mass is carbon. When you cut it down or burn it, ...

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Unraveling the complex web of global food trade

By Mary Hoff Institute on the Environment February 11, 2015
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Growing global trade is critically important for providing food when and where it’s needed — but it makes it harder to link the benefits of food and the environmental burden of its production. A study published this week in the journal BioScience by an interdisciplinary team of researchers at IonE ...

Patient and Family Engagement

The patient is the most important member of the team

By Dominick Frosch British Medical Journal February 10, 2015
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Twenty five years after he had type 1 diabetes diagnosed, Dominick Frosch finds health professionals still fail to treat him as an equal in managing his disease.

In January 1988, just before I turned 17, I was told I had type 1 diabetes. I had to learn to live ...

Conservation

Bids in Tuesday for giant north coast forest land

By Mary Callahan The Press Democrat February 9, 2015
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A coalition of conservation groups with visions of riverfront parkland, environmentally friendly forestry practices and watershed preservation will submit a bid Tuesday on 30,000 acres of redwood timber holdings and bluff-top land at the mouth of the Gualala River, straddling Sonoma and Mendocino counties.

Led by the Conservation Fund in ...

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When scientific research can’t get federal funds, private money steps in

By Michael Anft The Chronicle of Philanthropy February 9, 2015
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In an era of stagnant federal funding for science programs and medical research, large donors are stepping in to help. But philanthropists are doing far more than just filling in gaps in federal funding; they are tackling important work shunned by the federal government because it is too obscure, too ...

Science and industry: Partners at sea

By Victor Restrepo & Laurent Dagorn, ISSF Marine Science Today February 6, 2015
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Working to improve the sustainability of tuna fisheries requires the development and implementation of verifiable, science-based practices, commitments and international management measures. A scientific foundation is essential to inform these management decisions – without it, debates about fisheries management are simply campaign-driven and made to fit the respective agendas of ...

Inside the world of viral dark matter

By Nicola Twilley The New Yorker February 6, 2015
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Marine Microbiology Initiative Investigator Forest Rohwer was featured in a recent article in The New Yorker about phages, which are viruses that infect bacteria.

Despite being as abundant and essential to life on Earth as light and soil, phages and their functions are poorly understood.

Along with its support of Rohwer and MMI ...

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