If you’ve ever been to a desert you’ll know the temperatures can be extreme, at both ends of the scale. Extreme heat in the day and freezing cold at night. The reason for this is that deserts are missing the temperature regulators of nature. That’s right, trees are temperature regulators. If you think about it, a tree can take a year to season before it’s ready to use as firewood. Why? Because trees are full of water. These enormous standing columns of water stabilise the temperature of the environment they grow creating not only micro-climates, but they contribute massively to stabilising the climate in general.
The Earth is 4.6 billion years old. Scaling to 46 years, humans have been here four hours. The industrial revolution began one minute ago and in that time we’ve destroyed more than half of the world’s forests.
One of the biggest human influences on climate change is deforestation. Enter the team from Rainforest Connection (or RFCx for short) who have developed a technology that re-purposes old smart phones to monitor protected forests for the sound of chainsaws. Once detected, these devices send out a signal notifying authorities of the location of the logging poachers and forests get saved. By their reckoning each device can protect over three square kilometers of rainforest; saving the equivalent of 3,000 cars being taken off of the road, simply by preserving the trees. Find out more about how you can support them by crowdfunding, donating your old smartphone or both at www.rfcx.org