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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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Purchase complete for environmentally significant Estero Ranch property

By Mary Callahan Press Democrat January 7, 2016
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With partial support from the Moore Foundation, Sonoma Land Trust and a host of local partner agencies have finalized the purchase of the spectacular and ecologically significant seaside Estero Ranch property. 

"Land conservation partners have finalized the purchase of a scenic coastal ranch that one day will reward visitors ...

Advancing knowledge of the ocean's microbiome

By Erika Johnson Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego January 6, 2016
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Moore Foundation grantee Farooq Azam and his colleagues at Scripps Institution of Oceangraphy at UC San Diego are investigating the ecology of marine microbes, which play a significant role in the ocean’s food chain and carbon cycle. 

Azam and his colleagues are investigating how dying phytoplankton--single-celled organisms in the ocean--impact ...

Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative

Nurse practitioners less costly than physicians in treating Medicare patients

January 6, 2016
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BOZEMAN – With Medicare enrollment and cost concerns growing, a new study finds that patients with a nurse practitioner as a primary care provider are less costly to Medicare than patients with a physician primary care provider. The study—the first to examine national data—contradicts previous research suggesting that both types ...

Patient and Family Engagement

NQF to develop national standards, measurement for patient decision aids

January 4, 2016
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Washington, DC—As people demand a greater say in decisions about their healthcare, a variety of tools called decision aids are increasingly being used to make it easier for patients and their clinicians to discuss treatment options. The National Quality Forum will help make sense of the proliferation of these patient ...

Andes-Amazon Initiative

Model gives best look yet at how Amazon forests will react to climate change

By Chelsea Harvey Washington Post December 30, 2015
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In 2008, the Moore Foundation began supporting research at the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard, to evaluate and develop further the predictive capabilities of four different ecosystem models that demonstrate how land-cover and climate changes will affect the Amazonian ecosystems in the next 100 years.New findings from ...

How methane-eating microbes respond to rapid environmental change

By David Case Discover Magazine December 29, 2015
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In Discover Magazine's Extremo Files blog, graduate student David Case discusses marine methane seeps--deep pockets in the ocean seabed from which methane can escape.

 Marine methane seeps host a rich diversity of seafloor life, including microorganisms that consume methane as a food source, thereby preventing its release into the ocean ...

Wild Salmon Ecosystems Initiative

Salmon farm of the future?

CBC News December 23, 2015
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Where can you see how the future of salmon farming looks? Well, start here: CBC’s The National recently featured the BC-based ‘Namgis First Nation’s Kuterra project. With partial funding from Moore through Tides Canada's Salmon Aquaculture Innovation Fund, the project has been testing the feasibility of land-based, closed containment aquaculture as a ...

Patient and Family Engagement

OpenNotes receives $10 Million to expand program nationwide

Philanthropy News Digest December 18, 2015
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Boston-based OpenNotes has announced grants totaling $10 million over three years from four foundations to provide up to fifty million patients with access to their clinical notes.

The grants from the Peterson Center on Healthcare and the Cambia HealthGordon and Betty Moore, and Robert Wood Johnson foundations ...

Patient and Family Engagement

Foundations unite to support access to clinical notes for 50 million patients nationwide

December 15, 2015
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BOSTON—Cambia Health Foundation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Peterson Center on Healthcare, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation today jointly announced $10 million in new funding to spread access to clinical notes to 50 million patients nationwide.

OpenNotes is a national initiative that urges doctors and other clinicians to offer ...

Through the looking glass

By Carolyn Kormann The New Yorker December 15, 2015
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Moore Foundation grantee Manu Prakash and his invention, the Foldscope, were featured in a New Yorker article that highlights the many uses of the origami $1 microscope. Dr. Prakash's focus is on making tools for ‘frugal science.’ He explains in the article the impetus for the Foldscope: “I found myself at ...

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