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Framework emerges to build the business case for natural capital

By Elsa Wenzel GreenBiz.com April 29, 2014

The Nature Conservancy and JPMorgan Chase have a bold goal: Raise $1 billion over the next three years toward projects that protect agriculture, fisheries, water and land. These power brokers in conservation and finance seek nothing less than to create a mainstream market for investment in ecological conservation.

The Nature ...

PNA and Pew announce satellite tracking project for thousands of tuna FADs in PNA waters

SeafoodNews.com April 29, 2014

There are  tens of thousands of fish aggregating devices floating on the ocean’s surface in the Western and Central Pacific.  
 
Fishermen observed that free-floating natural objects attracted schools of tuna, and they rapidly adopted the practice of using man-made fish aggregating devices. In fact, almost all purse seine ...

Free online resource provides electioneering rules for private foundations and public charities

April 24, 2014

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, David and Lucile Packard Foundation and Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announced today the release of a new interactive training tool to help the staff of private foundations navigate the tax laws surrounding elections. 

The Electioneering Rules course is ...

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Electioneering rules training tool for foundation staff released

Philanthropy News Digest April 24, 2014

The HewlettGatesPackard, and Moore foundations have announced the release of an interactive resource designed to help foundation staff navigate the legal issues around election-related activities.

Offered through Learn Foundation Law, a Web site developed by the four foundations in 2010, "Electioneering Rules for ...

Wild Salmon Ecosystems Initiative

Safeway to sell Canada's first land-raised salmon

Intrafish April 23, 2014

The first harvest of land-raised salmon is being sold through Canada's Safeway retail stores across British Columbia and Alberta.

Read the full article here (paid subscription required).

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation funded the R&D for this land-based salmon aquaculture project.

Générée par Google, une carte haute résolution révèle l'ampleur des déboisements dans le monde

By Rhett A. Butler, traduit par Pauline Bollengier mongabay.com April 21, 2014
Des chercheurs viennent de mettre au point un outil attendu de longue date qui révèle l'étendue des pertes et des gains en matière de couvert forestier à l'échelle mondiale. Générée par l'immense nuage informatique de Google, cette carte forestière interactive établit une nouvelle base de référence pour l'évaluation de l'étendue ...
Special Projects in Science

Science Learning+: exploring the impact of informal science learning

April 10, 2014

A new initiative launches today, providing £9 million of funding to explore how informal learning activities, such as visits to museums or science centres, playing games and watching dramas or documentaries, have the potential to make a positive impact on young people's engagement with science.

Science Learning+ is an international ...

Winners of competition to reimagine the chemistry set announced

April 8, 2014

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Society for Science & the Public (SSP) today announced winners of the Science, Play and Research Kit (SPARK) Competition, a challenge to reimagine the chemistry set for the 21st century.  Winners were selected in two categories:  prototypes – projects that are ...

Wild Salmon Ecosystems Initiative

Scientists up their ability to track salmon through DNA ‘fin-printing’

A partnership between the University of Washington and Alaska Department of Fish and Game has yielded a major breakthrough in DNA ‘fin-printing’ this week, improving the ability to conserve diminishing stocks of Chinook salmon.  Implementing the new technique will allow scientists and managers to track specific stocks ensuring that no ...
Marine Conservation Initiative

Charities try new ways to test ideas quickly and polish them later

By Ben Gose Chronicle of Philanthropy March 23, 2014
A year ago, a division of TechSoup Global began working on an app to allow donors to buy a hotel room for victims of domestic violence when no other shelter is available. Now that app is a finalist in a competition run by a foundation that combats human trafficking—and a ...