Crowdfunded solar-powered smartphones become rainforest guardians to fight illegal logging and poaching

Crowdfunded solar-powered smartphones become rainforest guardians to fight illegal logging and poaching

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By turning recycled smartphones into solar powered listening outposts in rainforests, Rainforest Connection is using yesterday's gadgets to help preserve tomorrow's forests.Even for those of us who live nowhere near a rainforest, illegal logging can still have an impact on us, because it's helping to drive climate change and species extinctions, which ultimately affect all of us on the planet.One of the problems with attempting to stop illegal logging in rainforests is a lack of effective monitoring solutions, and because most of the illegal logging activity comes from small operations, detecting it with satellite technology can only take place after the fact, and only if the affected area is big enough to be seen from space.A creative solution to halting illegal logging in the world's rainforests effectively turns old smartphones into autonomous listening devices that can be set up to monitor the forest for the sound of chainsaws, and then send out alerts in real-time, which could help authorities to intervene before too much damage has occurred.

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