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Environmental Innovation|January 24, 2021

Environmentalists, industries are trying to find a methane solution

Methane emissions caused by human-related activities, especially from livestock, and oil and gas industries, are responsible for 25% of global warming, according to the United Nations. Hari Sreenivasan reports on the growing call by environmentalists and the oil and gas industry to measure and curb methane emissions.

Environmental Innovation|January 5, 2021

China’s national carbon emissions trading system open for business

Just before the new year, China finalized the regulations for the operation of its national carbon emissions trading system (ETS). With that key step, the ETS is now open for business. The largest carbon market in the world will initially cover 40% of China's carbon emissions -- giving the government a strong tool to control emissions that harm the climate and take a severe toll on human health.

K12 Education|December 23, 2020

KIPP shares three key lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic

KIPP shares three lessons it has learned during the pandemic about deeper family engagement, more strategic use of technology, and opportunities beyond school.

Environmental Innovation|December 15, 2020

Air pollution a cause in girl’s death, coroner rules in landmark case

A landmark ruling put a human face on this public health crisis by specifically recording—for the first time ever—air pollution as a medical cause of death in the case of 9 year old Ella Adoo-Kissi-Debrah.

Medical Research & Talent|November 20, 2020

New Whitehead Fellow seeks to harness the immune system to fight pancreatic cancer

At Whitehead Institute, Tobi Oni will focus on uncovering mechanisms for the poor anti-tumor immune response to pancreatic cancer, and work to develop novel ways of promoting tumor clearance by immune cells. And—following in his mother’s footsteps—he will pursue opportunities to inspire and mentor the next generation of scientists from diverse backgrounds.

Early Childhood Development|October 29, 2020

Waterford Upstart receives $2 million in CARES Act funding to expand in Mississippi

Waterford.org’s program will serve 2,500 preschool-aged children from Nov. 1 of this year to Feb. 5, 2021. The program will provide a laptop or internet access to any family that needs it, and children will receive an adjusted version of Waterford’s flagship at-home kindergarten readiness program, Waterford Upstart.

Early Childhood Development|October 20, 2020

Opening ‘so many doors for families’: COVID-19 underscores importance of wraparound care for new moms and children

The wraparound care provided by HealthySteps and Nurse-Family Partnership allows new mothers and their babies to thrive.

Valhalla Update|May 1, 2020

Valhalla Foundation grants $15.6M to organizations in response to COVID-19

In March 2020, as COVID-19 began spreading rapidly, it became clear that the impacts of the pandemic would be severe and particularly devastating on the disadvantaged populations we seek to serve through our work at Valhalla Foundation. In response, we committed $15.6M to 14 organizations over the first few months of the pandemic.

Medical Research & Talent|March 28, 2017

F.D.A. approves new drug to treat severe multiple sclerosis

The drug, ocrelizumab, is one of three new "B-cell" therapies to treat MS that have proven to be extremely effective in preventing MS relapses.