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Got an old phone? It can help stop illegal rainforest loggers

Got an old phone? It can help stop illegal rainforest loggers
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Illegal logging and poaching is a serious problem in the world's tropical rainforests. It hurts endangered animal populations, leads to erosion problems and might even have other negative impacts worldwide.

Still, it isn't like you can fly down to the Amazon and put a stop to it. You can however, send your old, unused cellphone to do it for you.

Rainforest Connection takes cellphones and turns them into autonomous, solar-powered listening posts that can monitor and pinpoint chainsaw activity. That will help authorities arrive and stop the illegal activity while it is still occurring.

Rainforest Connection

Rainforest Connection will take your phone, wipe it, retrofit it and send it into the jungle to help catch crooks; you just need to send the cellphone.

Find out more at Rainforest Connection.

The Amazon is one of the most beautiful and mysterious places on Earth. Watch the first-ever contact with an unknown Amazon tribe and then take your own virtual tour of the Amazon.

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