4 August 2014
Indigenous people in Brazil have joined forces with a San Francisco tech start-up to protect the Amazon rainforest from illegal logging.
The company, Rainforest Connection, takes discarded smartphones and transforms them into solar-powered listening devices that register the sounds of chainsaws and trucks in areas where logging is illegal.
The phones then send alerts to rangers and officials, allowing them to respond and prevent deforestation occurring. Now, 30 members of the Tembé tribe are being trained as forest rangers, empowering them to stop unlawful incursions onto their land.
Read more at RTCC.