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The landscape can protect our health - if we can protect the landscape

By Lynne Peeples The Huffington Post November 22, 2013

Friday marks the final day of the United Nations 
COP19 climate change conference in Warsaw, Poland. It also marks two weeks since a massive typhoon swept across the Philippines, leaving more than 5,000 people dead and many more injured, ill, homeless and hungry.

Much has been said of the ...

Secrets from the deep

By Wendy Frew The Sydney Morning Herald November 21, 2013

Violent bursts of organic matter from dying organisms, continuous showers of “marine snow” from the upper layers of a water column, and nutrients leaking from creatures so tiny they are invisible to the naked eye: this is the mysterious, microscopic world of our oceans.

One drop of seawater contains a ...

The human health costs of losing natural systems: quantifying Earth’s worth to public health

Wildlife Conservation Society November 19, 2013
NEW YORKA new paper from members of the HEAL (Health & Ecosystems: Analysis of Linkages) consortium delineates a new branch of environmental health that focuses on the public health risks of human-caused changes to Earth’s natural systems. Looking comprehensively at available research to date, the paper's authors highlight ...

Fish 2.0′s technology competition winners announced at Stanford University

By Jeanine Stewart Undercurrent News November 18, 2013

Software and logistics company Blue Sea Labs took home the winning title at last week’s Fish 2.0 Competition Finals, held at Stanford University.

The judges of Fish 2.0, a business competition connecting sustainable fisheries and aquaculture businesses, were blown away... 

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Powered by Google, high resolution forest map reveals massive deforestation worldwide

By Rhett A. Butler Mongabay.com November 14, 2013


Researchers today released a long-awaited tool that reveals the extent of forest cover loss and gain on a global scale. Powered by Google's massive computing cloud, 
the interactive forest map establishes a new baseline for measuring deforestation and forest recovery across all of the world's countries... 

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Global deforestation trends mapped at fine scale for the first time

November 14, 2013

A University of Maryland-led partnership will publish the first high-resolution global map of forest cover change in Science this week, providing a valuable new tool for responsible land-use management and forest conservation. By analyzing global land-use changes at a fine scale (30 meters), the study provides both sufficient detail to ...

New interactive tool helps track Earth’s forests

By Louis Lucero II The New York Times November 14, 2013

As carbon emissions build and environmentalists grow more certain of the consequences, scientists have been searching for more precise ways to track the state of Earth’s vast expanses of forest.

Researchers primarily from the University of Maryland, along with Google, have created a new tool to help scientists monitor forest ...

National Aquarium awarded conservation grant

National Aquarium November 13, 2013
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has awarded a $161,375 grant to National Aquarium in support of its efforts to lead a group of scientists and fishery managers to better understand, explain and address the sources of uncertainty in fisheries management. Uncertainty in stock assessments, effectiveness of management measures and ...

Bold new partnership launches to harness potential of data scientists and big data

November 12, 2013

New York University, the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Washington launch a 5-year, $37.8 million cross-institutional effort with support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Washington, D.C. — A new multi-million dollar collaboration will enable university researchers to harness the full ...

Wild Salmon Ecosystems Initiative

Most run-of-river B.C. hydro projects can harm fish

By Larry Pynn Vancouver Sun November 3, 2013

Almost 100 percent of private run-of-river power projects studied in B.C. are located on streams where they could affect fish, an interim study for the Pacific Salmon Foundation has found.

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