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Courtesy of Phil Freeman/WWF-Australia - The Peruvian government and key partners sign a Memorandum of Understanding that aims to ensure the viability of 76 protected areas (20 million hectares) in the Peruvian Amazon

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Climate change will irreversibly force key ocean bacteria into overdrive

By Robert Perkins University of Southern California September 1, 2015
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Moore Foundation grantees at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI), in a collaboration with scientists at University of Southern California, have discovered that Trichodesmium, an important group of ocean bacteria, will respond to climate change conditions by reproducing faster and ultimately endangering other organisms that depend on its function.

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Moore Foundation 'Founders' Intent' emphasizes scientific methodology

Philanthropy News Digest August 31, 2015
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Philanthropy News Digest writes about the wishes and expectations for philanthropic giving shared by our founders, Gordon and Betty, in the Founders' Intent statement. This is the first formal articulation of the founder's intentions for giving since establishing the foundation in 2000. Dr. Gordon Moore writes that the foundation should ...

Sense of purpose

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What happens when the founders of the nation’s ninth-largest private philanthropy want to clarify their sense of purpose? Northern California Grantmakers members Gordon and Betty Moore set out to let their organization know what’s important to them. Read the recently released Founders' Intent statement and the full post from NCG...

Gordon and Betty Moore say science and measurable results should guide grants

By Alex Daniels Chronicle of Philanthropy August 28, 2015
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Our president, Harvey V. Fineberg, speaks with Alex Daniels at the Chronicle of Philanthropy and shares for the first time our Founders' Intent. The document gives important guidance on how to approach philanthropic giving at the foundation, explains the ares of its funding and notes that scientific methodology should be ...

Improving patient care by strengthening the nursing workforce

August 26, 2015
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For the past decade, our Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative has focused on engaging nurses to improve patient care. Part of this focus included strengthening the nursing workforce. From the start, we saw and began addressing a nursing shortfall in California and the need to better prepare nurses for an ...

Short-circuiting the biological pump

By Evan Lubofsky Oceanus Magazine August 24, 2015
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In the latest issue of Oceanus magazine, Moore Foundation grantees Benjamin Van Mooy, Kay Bidle and colleagues discuss their study of tiny plankton that help sequester carbon dioxide in the ocean.

This process, called the “biological pump,” could convert nearly every atom of carbon drawn into the ocean ​into organic carbon. However, "like hail ...

Placing bets on technology with society's venture capital

International Innovation August 20, 2015
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Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation president, Harvey V. Fineberg, M.D., Ph.D., muses on how philanthropy serves as society’s venture capital in an interview with International Innovation.

In a world facing increasingly complex challenges, Dr. Fineberg explains that “philanthropy plays a unique role because it has the ability to leverage ...

Ashéninka community of Saweto obtains title to their ancestral lands in Peru

Rainforest Foundation US August 20, 2015
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Through a strategic contribution, the foundation's Andes Amazon Initiative helped support recent conservation efforts by the Ashéninka people of Peru in the Alto Tamaya-Saweto community. 

"Almost one year after the murder of Saweto’s leaders, the community’s rights to their ancestral lands have finally been recognized by the Peruvian State, which has ...

Biodiversity expedition in Madidi National Park discovers new frog species

By Stephen Sautner Wildlife Conservation Society August 20, 2015
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Earlier this summer, the Government of Bolivia announced the launch of an 18-month scientific expedition with the Wildlife Conservation Society--supported in part by the Moore Foundation--to explore Madidi National Park and document its biodiversity. Today, WCS is announcing the discovery of a previously unknown species of robber frog. 

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Examining the fate of Fukushima contaminants

By Media Relations Office Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute August 18, 2015
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Moore Foundation grantees at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) are studying sediment samples from the seafloor off coastal Japan to understand the fate of contaminants from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Ken Buesseler, a senior scientist and marine chemist at WHOI, and colleagues found a small fraction--about one percent--of contaminated ...

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