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Upcycled smartphones installed in Indonesia to fight illegal logging and poaching

Take a look into how Rainforest Connection’s project in Indonesia is effectively fighting illegal logging and poaching – issues that have plagued the region for years. The acoustic monitoring devices listen to the sounds of the rainforest and send real-time alerts to rangers on the ground when they detect the sound of chainsaws or vehicles, the sound of illegal logging. RFCx’s team trains

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ELECTRONIC ‘EARS’ LISTEN TO WORLD’S RAINFORESTS

The threat that illegal logging poses to the world is not a small one – its contribution to deforestation directly impacts climate change as well. American technologist Topher White is taking the solution right to the origin of the issue, the rainforest, and is using recycled phones to create an audio network that listens to the sounds coming from the forests. These sounds include everything from different

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Old Cellphones: The Key to Stopping Climate Change

Topher White’s innovative idea allows everyone to get involved in the fight to end climate change and stop deforestation – his non-profit is using old cellphones to listen to the sounds of the rainforest. This technology is able to identify the sounds of illegal loggings, such as chainsaws and vehicles, and send real-time alerts to rangers on the ground that can intervene. Recently

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The Potential Impact of Complete Deforestation and the Technology Preventing It

A world without trees is certainly a bleak one – which is the possible future prompting many today to fight against deforestation and work to protect our forests at any costs. Rainforest Connection is one of the non-profits leading the way to combat illegal loggings by using audio technology in the world’s rainforests. Read David Cross’s analysis of how dire the need to protect our trees and forests actually

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Using Old Cellphones to Listen for Illegal Loggers

Mike Ives and photographer Ulet Ifansasti follow Topher on a field project in Western Sumatra, and give an overview of the work and mission behind Rainforest Connection in 2019. They go in depth about the challenges and impact such an endeavour poses, especially in the collaboration between RFCx scientists and local communities and rangers.

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How bioacoustics can transform conservation – Wildtech event in Palo Alto

Satellite imaging has proved to be very useful for forest monitoring, but it’s weakness lies in its inability to analyze what is happening under the tree canopy. This is where bioacoustics come in – using technology to listen to the sounds of the rainforest in real time. Bioacoustics have the power to detect and identify the presence of different species in an area, any slight interferences or changes

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How Old Cell Phones are Spying on Illegal Loggers

Topher White speaks to CNN regarding Rainforest Connection’s work and the origin of his idea to use upcycled technology to listen to the sounds of the rainforest and stop illegal logging in real time. White also speaks to the most common issues around stopping illegal deforestation and how partnering with local tribes and indigenous groups empowers them to take a stake

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Rainforest Connection Taps High-Tech To Thwart Illegal Logging

Forbes talks to Topher White about several of Rainforest Connection’s field projects and the different ways it’s technology is positively impacting the area and fighting illegal logging. They also discuss what’s in store for Rainforest

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