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Peru creates 'Yellowstone of the Amazon'

November 7, 2015
For more than ten years, indigenous communities, conservation groups, and funders including the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation have been working to help create a spectacular national park in Peru, Sierra del Divisor. On Sunday, November 8, Peru will officially designate the new 1.3 million hectare park -- heralded as the "Yellowstone of ...

Protecting plants from stealthy diseases

Michigan State University November 2, 2015

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Stealthy diseases sometimes trick plants by hijacking their defense signaling system, which issues an alarm that diverts plant resources for the wrong attack and allows the enemy pathogens to easily overrun plants.

A team of international scientists led by Michigan State University, however, is helping plants ...

Ceres report: How board directors can elevate sustainability more effectively at companies

By Peyton Fleming Ceres Press Releases October 28, 2015

Broadening board compositions, reduced focus on quarterly returns and stronger sustainability/compensation linkages are just a few of the ways that board directors can elevate sustainability concerns more effectively at the companies they serve on. So concludes a new Ceres report highlighting the generally weak performance of U.S. corporate boards in ...

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center introduces MyICU

October 26, 2015

BOSTON – If you or a loved one has ever spent time in a hospital intensive care unit (ICU), you know how overwhelming it can feel. The medical language, the equipment and the number of doctors, nurses and other clinicians providing care can be a lot to take in at ...

New regional program to protect Amazon

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council approved today a first-of-its-kind multi-million dollar project to help protect over 80 percent of the Amazon and boost efforts to combat climate change.

The GEF will commit $113 million for the Amazon Sustainable Landscapes Program, a regional program spanning Brazil, Colombia and Peru that ...

Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative

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

September 21, 2015

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 ...

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

September 17, 2015

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 ...

Marine Microbiology Initiative

Flowing electrons help ocean microbes gulp methane

By Jessica Stoller-Conrad Caltech September 17, 2015

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 ...

Deep-sea mussels with highly toxic tenants

September 16, 2015

Imagine you have a tenant living in your house. They’re keeping your fridge topped up. But in addition to this, they’re producing all kinds of toxic substances. More harm than good? Not necessarily; it all depends what you’re using the toxins for.

Deep-sea hot vents are one of the most ...

A UCSB analysis of 10 years of monitoring data from marine protected areas in the Channel Islands finds positive results

By Julie Cohen UCSB September 16, 2015

More than a decade ago, California established marine protected areas (MPAs) in state waters around the northern Channel Islands off the coast of Santa Barbara. Several years later, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) extended these MPAs into the federal waters of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.

To ...

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