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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



Special Projects in Environmental Conservation

Unraveling the complex web of global food trade

By Mary Hoff Institute on the Environment February 11, 2015

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 ...

Four Leading Foundations launch new legal training module for the philanthropic community

February 10, 2015

Today a new, interactive training tool is available free of charge to help the staff of private foundations explore the rules and potential impact of program-related investments, or PRIs. Like a grant, a PRI supports private foundations’ charitable and programmatic goals. Unlike a grant, a PRI is an investment that ...

Patient and Family Engagement

The patient is the most important member of the team

By Dominick Frosch British Medical Journal February 10, 2015
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 ...


Bids in Tuesday for giant north coast forest land

By Mary Callahan The Press Democrat February 9, 2015

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

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

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

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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Scientists, conservationists call for more inclusive efforts to save forests

By Rhett A. Butler February 5, 2015

A group convened by one of the world's leading scientific institutions has issued a call for greater protection of primary forests and more inclusive approaches to conservation. 

Last month the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco brought together 167 scientists, educators, civil society leaders, artists, and interested members of ...


Gordon and Betty Moore endow chair to honor UC Berkeley engineering professor Paul Gray

By Karen Rhodes Berkeley Engineering February 3, 2015

BERKELEY – Paul R. Gray, former executive vice chancellor and provost at the University of California, Berkeley and former dean and professor emeritus in Berkeley’s College of Engineering, has been honored with the naming of a distinguished faculty chair at Berkeley, endowed by Intel co-founder Gordon Moore and his wife, ...

How Brazil's soy crackdown cleaned up business supply chains

By Kelly April Tyrrell GreenBiz February 3, 2015

In 2006, following a report from Greenpeace and under pressure from consumers, large companies such as McDonald's and Walmart decided to stop using soy grown on cleared forestland in the Brazilian Amazon. This put pressure on commodity traders, such as Cargill, who in turn agreed to no longer purchase soy ...

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