AI startup spots deforestation from the sky — in time to stop it

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We have seen a number of initiatives — such as Supply Change — determined to curb deforestation by putting pressure on businesses to adjust their supply chains. Taking another tack, startup Orbital Insight are using big data and satellite images to monitor forests and discover threatened areas before any illegal deforestation is allowed to take place. Orbital Insight have collaborated with Global Forest Watch on a system which monitors and recognizes suspicious changes, such as extensive new road building, around forests. Once a threatened area has been identified, alerts are published on the Global Forest Watch website, which local people…

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