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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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Earthquake Early-Warning System

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation applauds federal funding for Earthquake Early Warning System

December 15, 2014
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(Palo Alto, Calif) – It was announced today that Congress included $5 million in the FY 2015 funding bill, also known as the CROmnibus, to help transition into operation ShakeAlert, the West Coast Earthquake Early Warning System. The demonstration project proved successful in providing warnings of the Napa ...
Patient and Family Engagement

A roadmap for patient and family engagement

By #HCLDR Moderator Healthcare Leadership Blog December 11, 2014
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As the U.S. health care system tackles the Triple Aim of better experiences of care, better population health and lower costs, it is imperative for health professionals to meaningfully partner with patients and families—bringing patient and family voices to decisions about care, to health care organizational design and governance, and ...

Andes-Amazon Initiative

New study finds 55% of carbon in Amazon is in indigenous territories and protected lands, much of it at risk

Environmental Defense Fund December 2, 2014
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A new peer-reviewed study, released today at the start of the UN climate conference in Peru, reveals the unprecedented amount of carbon stored within the nine-nation network of Amazonian indigenous territories and protected natural areas. Accepted for publication in Carbon Management, the paper titled “Forest Carbon in Amazonia: The ...

Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

RRHC partners with other agencies to encourage growth in workforce

By Trisha Cooke Redwood Times News December 2, 2014
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Redwoods Rural Health Center is helping to shape the future health care workforce and to inspire providers to work in rural, underserved areas. With the expansion of MediCal and the opening of Covered California, California's insurance marketplace, many residents now have access to health care; however, this increase in individuals ...

India joins the Thirty Meter Telescope Project as a full member

Thirty Meter Telescope December 2, 2014
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Today in New Delhi, officials of the government of India signed documents establishing the country as a full partner in the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project. An international collaboration of institutions in the USA, Canada, Japan, India and China, the TMT project is working towards building a powerful, next-generation astronomical ...

Andes-Amazon Initiative

Brasil Novo (PA) sai da lista de desmatadores e vira referência em planejamento ambiental

Instituto Socioambiental December 2, 2014
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Pacote de leis tornam o município referência em políticas públicas ambientais na Amazônia. As leis regulam os recursos do ICMS verde, pagamentos por serviços ambientais (PSA) e subsídio para o plantio de seringais e retomada da produção da borracha no município. (veja as leis na íntegra no final do texto) ...

Special Projects in Science

How seeing a black hole’s shadow will tell us if Einstein was right

By Rebecca Jacobson PBS KQED November 25, 2014
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In a control room atop a 16,500-foot mountain in Chile’s Atacama desert, Shep Doeleman and his international team of scientists are pulling the “heart” out of a $1.4 billion telescope. They are removing the atomic clock that the telescope relies on to read signals from space, and replacing it with ...

ICU Consortium

Brigham and Women's provides patients' bedside access to EHRs

By Marla Durben Hirsch FierceEMR November 25, 2014
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Some inpatients at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital can now access their medical records right from their hospital beds, thanks to a new pilot program, according to an article in the Boston Business Journal.

The program, launched in July with the help of a $2 million grant from the Gordon and ...

Marine Conservation Initiative

A midterm report card

November 24, 2014
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Santa Barbara, Calif. — Tipping points occur when small shifts in human pressures or environmental conditions bring about large, sometimes abrupt changes in a system. Such tipping points exist in a human society, a physical system, an ecosystem or our planet’s climate.

The Ocean Tipping Points (OTP) collaborative research project ...

Marine Conservation Initiative

Avoiding ecosystem collapse

November 23, 2014
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From coral reefs to prairie grasslands, some of the world’s most iconic habitats are susceptible to sudden collapse due to seemingly minor events. A classic example: the decimation of kelp forests when a decline of otter predation unleashes urchin population explosions. Three studies published in the Nov. 24 special issue ...

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