Learning - Technology | 6-18 yrs

Eight Innovative Technologies In Nature Conservation

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Technology pervades every aspect of our lives today. From transportation to communication to entertainment, we are utterly reliant on technology. However, although this makes our lives convenient, it can also have a dark side. The technological revolution of the last century has left our planet in a critical state. Christopher Lous Lange once remarked, "Technology is a useful servant but a dangerous master." 

Fortunately technology is being put to some good use in order to serve not just human interests, but the planet as a whole. The last few years have seen a spike in the number of technologies that can be used for the conservation of nature. Often these same technologies are used in other spheres such as defense but environmental activists have found ways in which they can be applied to saving our environment.

Read through the clips below to educate yourself and your child about innovations in the sphere of conservation. 


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Drones

Scientists have begun using drones to count wildlife populations in order to determine whether they are growing or declining. Drones take pictures from above of indigenous species and the pictures are then run through an algorithm to determine how...

Camera Traps

The word trap might have a menacing connotation but this technology is being used for good. Conservationists set up cameras in remote areas in order to monitor wildlife. This is particularly useful for gaining information about nocturnal creatures...

Bioacoustics

Bioacoustics is a cross-disciplinary science which studies sound in animals. Scientists record the sounds present in the forest and they can use these recordings to assess the biodiversity in the area. Each animal or insect produces a sound which ...

Live Camera Feeds

Live camera feeds have been used in zoos and aquariums to allow people to watch how animals behave. Recently they have been set up in national parks and wildlife sanctuaries to enable people to watch these animals in their natural habitat. Being a...

Gene Therapy

Animal habitats are changing too rapidly due to human activities. Animals are unable to adapt to changing climates and this could lead to extinction of many species. Gene therapy can be used to make animals more resilient and help them survive the...

Gps Tracking

GPS trackers in conservation have been around for decades but today they have become even more lightweight and effective. Micro-tags are attached to animals to monitor their behaviour and migration patterns. This provides conservation planners wit...

Artificial Intelligence That Detects Deforestation

Terra-i is an artificial intelligence program that detects changes in forested area resulting from human activities in near-real time. Currently it works throughout Latin America and the tropics. This technology provides imagery relating to the ga...

Laser Mapping

Conservationists have recently began using light based mapping technology to determine the density of forests. A plane flies over a forest and beams down pulses of light. The density of vegetation is determined based on how much time the light tak...

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