Good news in the Amazon
Illegal logging in the Amazon is down 7% since the Brazilian government quadrupled the number of drones on permanent patrol two years ago.There are now 400 drones,?Ç¬† a mix of powered, solar-gliders and high-altitude balloons, monitoring the whole Amazon region. The system is also supported by live satelite data. Satelites and balloons identify regions where illegal cutting is suspected, and the powered drones are sent to investigate. Alerts can be confirmed within about 3-4 hours and police taken to the area by helicopter.A spokesperson for ""Allies of the Amazon"" welcomed the new data, but warned that far too few (only 5%) of cases resulted in prosecution. Nevertheless he agreed that ""Allies of the Amazon""'s own data confirmed the reduction.