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Drones Fight Illegal Logging

Ecologists Using Drones in Fight Against Illegal Loggers
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A new aerial surveillance system to protect forests and endangered species in remote parts of the world is being pioneered by a pair of ecologists in Switzerland. The researchers have designed and built their own flying drone that can capture evidence of illegal activity on film. Photo Credit: crows_wood via Flickr.

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12:03PM PDT on Jun 9, 2012


4:25AM PDT on May 29, 2012

Great! A good use for drones. Law enforcement must be given the support to make prosecutions and not feel intimidated.

2:31AM PDT on May 29, 2012

great idea

2:22AM PDT on May 27, 2012

It's heartening that this technology is being put to helpful use and providing evidence for the justice system ..... I hope they receive lots of financial backing so that the use of this technology can be put to good use. Hopefully others will follow suit with similar undertakings to save indigenous groups, nature and wildlife.
We've all heard about enough deaths of entire families, or wedding or funeral groups being killed after drones have mistakenly targeted them.

8:24PM PDT on May 25, 2012

Now this is what they should be used for. While their at it, they can check the animal farms and zoos too.

11:46AM PDT on May 24, 2012

great idea!

8:14PM PDT on May 23, 2012


9:36AM PDT on May 23, 2012

This is a use of drones that I can support!

6:03AM PDT on May 23, 2012

Like any thing else, the technology can used for good work or the evil deeds. It is very heartening to know that these are going to be used for good work.

The evil will add missiles and other killing apparatuses to them in order to make greater profits at the expense of lives and other destruction. I hope Swiss will resist the temptation.

1:31AM PDT on May 23, 2012

NORRIS N makes a good point--The protection of the rainforests is vital, and this use of drones will be a great aid. I wonder if these drones might also be used to track animal poachers who kill for ivory, rhinoceros horn, etc. With drone surveillance they may even be able to locate suspect poachers before they do further damage. Rebecca lynn M hopes they could be shot but always some danger of wrong target being shot.

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