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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



Andes-Amazon Initiative

Brazil could meet all its food demand by 2040 without cutting down another tree July 24, 2014
Better utilization of its vast areas of pasturelands could enable Brazil to dramatically boost agricultural production without the need to clear another hectare of Amazon rainforest, cerrado, or Atlantic forest, argues a new study published in the journal Global Environmental Change

Modeling agricultural yield potential, Brazilian researchers from the ...
Andes-Amazon Initiative

It takes a rancher to save a rainforest

By Mac Margolis BloombergView July 23, 2014

In the ongoing pillage of tropical rainforests, villains are plenty. None has stoked imaginations like the Amazonian rancher. With his bulldozers and chainsaws, and herds that wander from horizon to horizon, the rainforest cattleman has emerged as Amazonia's public enemy No. 1, his ruin chronicled in titles like "The World ...

Investing in sustainable fisheries

By Nicki Holmyard July 22, 2014
A forward-thinking report, Towards Investment in Sustainable Fisheries: A Framework for Financing the Transition, was launched last week by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), and launched in London by the Prince of Wales. It shows that restoring fisheries around the world can be financially rewarding for investors, as well ...

UGA study presents details of Amazon River Plume, effects on global carbon budget

By Alan Flurry UGA Today July 21, 2014

The Amazon River, the largest in the world in terms of discharge of water, transfers a plume of nutrients and organisms into the ocean that creates a hotspot of microbial activity affecting many global processes, including the storage of atmospheric carbon.

Read the full article here.

Forests and Agricultural Market Initiative

Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef conference in Brazil

Drovers Cattle Network July 21, 2014

The Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB), announced today that it will host the first Global Conference on Sustainable Beef at the World Trade Events Center in São Paulo, Brazil, Nov. 2-5, 2014. As part of the conference, GRSB will release its long-anticipated definition of global sustainable beef and highlight ...

The $1 paper microscope that could change the world

By Belinda Lanks Business Week July 18, 2014

When diagnosing people in the developing world, health workers often go into the field lugging bulky, fragile, and expensive microscopes. “We ship research equipment and hope it’ll survive,” says Manu Prakash, a biophysicist. While traveling in Thailand, the scientist dreamt up a lightweight, low-cost alternative: a pocket-sized paper microscope made ...

Economists behind the FCC's spectrum auctions to receive Golden Goose Award

The Golden Goose Award July 17, 2014

Robert Wilson, Paul Milgrom and R. Preston McAfee, whose basic research on game theory and auctions enabled the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to first auction spectrum licenses in 1994, were announced today as recipients of the 2014 Golden Goose Award.

They will receive their awards on September 18 at the ...

Study: How existing cropland could feed billions more

By Mary Hoff University of Minnesota July 17, 2014
Feeding a growing human population without increasing stresses on Earth’s strained land and water resources may seem like an impossible challenge. But according to a new report by researchers at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment, focusing efforts to improve food systems on a few specific regions, ...
Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative

Registered nurses are delaying retirement, a shift that has contributed to recent growth in the nurse workforce

By By David I. Auerbach, Peter I. Buerhaus, and Douglas O. Staiger Health Affairs July 16, 2014

The size of the registered nurse (RN) workforce has surpassed forecasts from a decade ago, growing to 2.7 million in 2012 instead of peaking at 2.2 million. Much of the difference is the result of a surge in new nursing graduates. However, the size of the RN workforce is particularly ...

U.S. News ranks UC Davis Medical Center programs among the nation's best

By Carole Gan UC Davis Health System, Public Affairs July 15, 2014

UC Davis Medical Center has ranked as one of the nation’s best hospitals for 2014-15 in 10 adult medical specialties by U.S. News & World Report. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, released July 15, recognize hospitals that excel in treating patients with the most serious and challenging injuries ...

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