Can drones solve deforestation?


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Not yet, but a drone startup named DroneSeed is working to make that a possibility. The vision is that fleets of drones will be able to plant saplings, spray them against invasive species, and monitor the forest’s growth. Forests are essential both for certain ecosystems, as well as the health of our planet – forests absorb as much as 30 percent of our annual CO2 emissions. Reforestation can be a difficult and laborious process, including operations in difficult to access areas, which should be no problem for drones. The company argues that drones could plant up to 800 seeds per hour, covering an acre of forest in just 1.5 hours of flight and on one battery charge. The startup is still at an early stage, still working on the legal angle of the project.


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