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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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New website, Food Matters, shows drivers of global food security and related environmental impacts

September 24, 2015
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The University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment (IonE) has just launched a dynamic new website, Food Matters, to share ​information about the major drivers of global food security and related environmental impacts. Topics covered include global food production, food waste and agriculture's impact on water quality. The featured research was supported in part ...

Revival of bay a worthy goal

Honolulu Star Advertiser September 21, 2015
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With foundation support through a grant to Imua Maunalua, community groups have been working to develop comprehensive ocean planning for Maunalua Bay, and, by extension, a model for other communities in Hawaii. 

Read an editorial, "Revival of bay a worthy goal," about the project in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser here

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Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative

Nursing shortage still projected, but smaller than anticipated

September 21, 2015
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By 2025, experts project a national shortage of 130,000 registered nurses—an estimate significantly smaller than first anticipated. More than a decade ago, economists had calculated hundreds of thousands of nurses retiring at a rate far exceeding supplies. They estimated that annual retirement rates would jump from 20,000 to near 80,000 ...

Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative

Shortage of nurses not as dire as predicted, but challenges remain to meet nation’s needs

September 21, 2015
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News for the nation’s nursing workforce isn’t as dire as had been predicted a decade ago, but the nation is still expected to be short of nurses in coming years, according to new research by Montana State University nursing economist Peter Buerhaus and other researchers.

Ten and more years ago, economists had ...

Grantee generates new findings about links between human health, air quality and fire in the Brazilian Amazon

September 21, 2015
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With Moore Foundation funding through a 2011 grant to the University of Leeds, researchers conducted a large-scale ecological study to improve our understanding of the large-area effects of drought and the dry season on the structure, composition and function of forests in the Western Amazon Basin. The latest findings ...

A 'school' of vertical wind turbines rises in Igiugig

By Kathleen McCoy Alaska Dispatch News September 20, 2015
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Through grants to Caltech and Stanford, the Moore Foundation has been supporting a proof of concept for a vertical-axis wind turbine farm in the village of Igiugig, to address high energy costs as both a barrier to sustainable economic development and a driver of ecosystem degradation in rural Alaska. That project has ...

Golden Goose Awards recognize obscure, unusual research

September 20, 2015
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This year’s Golden Goose Awardees continued to be nothing short of amazing. Scientists were recognized for studies on the distribution of human population at different altitudes and how this research has impacted different areas from disaster preparedness to changes to potato chip packaging and person computer cooling systems. Others were ...

Marine Microbiology Initiative

Flowing electrons help ocean microbes gulp methane

By Jessica Stoller-Conrad Caltech September 17, 2015
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Good communication is crucial to any relationship, especially when partners are separated by distance. This also holds true for microbes in the deep sea that need to work together to consume large amounts of methane released from vents on the ocean floor. Recent work at Caltech has shown that these ...

Marine Microbiology Initiative

Electric communication

September 17, 2015
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Tiny microorganisms in the deep sea play a crucial role in combatting challenges in climate change: they eat methane. A research team led by Moore Foundation investigator Victoria Orphan recently unlocked the mystery of how these microbes work together to consume large amounts of methane released from the ocean floor. ...

Sustainable ranching program receives 11.5 million Euros to reduce deforestation in Brazil

September 17, 2015
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Instituto Centro de Vida (ICV) has announced that Novo Campo, a sustainable cattle ranching initiative in Brazil's Mato Grasso state, received an investment of 11.5 million Euros from the Althelia Climate Fund to support the program's efforts to increase economic, social and environmental performance of local ranches. This is ...

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