A digest of science and environment news, originally published on Inside Philanthropy. This week, eradication of rats on tropical islands, a war on animal abuse, and a historic boost to mental health research.
I blog about the latest in funding for research, science education, and the environment, as science editor at the news site Inside Philanthropy. Here I post the occasional roundup of highlights from that coverage. Inside Philanthropy is a subscription-based site, but visitors get a few freebies. Here’s what happened in the past week (or so).
How Did a School of Design Land $10M for Energy Policy Work? “You don’t see a lot of energy policy think tanks housed alongside fine arts and architecture departments … ‘The whole point of the thing is to try to get engineers, architects, policy developers and behavioral scientists to all work together.'”
Four Things to Know About a $650M Mental Health Gift “It’s almost always hyperbole to say that a single philanthropic act can have a serious impact on an area of research, but in this case there may be some truth to it.”
Reclaiming Rat Island “Introduced by visiting ships, invasive rat species run amok islands. They eat seabird eggs and chicks, crabs, native plants, and hog food supplies from other animals. They ruin everything.”
A Mission to Take Down Animal Abusers “Animal Recovery Mission, which has branding that looks more like a private security firm than an animal welfare group, conducts investigations to eliminate severe animal cruelty … in 2010, the group’s first undercover investigation resulted in the closing of more than 70 illegal slaughter farms in one region of Florida.”
After 23 Years of Buying up Land in Chile, Doug Tompkins to Donate 1M Acres “The former retail mogul Douglas Tompkins has been buying huge tracts of land in the Patagonia region of South America, drawing a certain amount of ire and suspicion since his first purchase in 1991.”