Discarded mobile phones recognise when chainsaws are being illegally used in rainforests, an unusual surveillance system that was developed by engineer Topher White, founder of the start up Rainforest Connection.
Most of the tropical forests, home to half of our planet’s species, have been declared protected areas to act as reservoirs for Earth’s biodiversity. But biodiversity is not safe in these areas.
Not all tropical forests are rainforests. Differences in soil composition, altitude or rainfall allow for a number of forest types. Yet they all share one thing in common: threat of deforestation.