This is a really intriguing idea. I first saw this story on Facebook, through Return to Now.
The U.K.-based BioCarbon Engineering (BCE) has developed a relatively simple, two-step process for accomplishing this:
- Send the drones into the target area to create a detailed, 3-D map.
- Send the planting drones back to the mapped site to fire “agri-bullets” into the ground.
In addition, the engineering firm has committed to biodegradable seed pods, and planting multiple species simultaneously. That is awesome!
In June 2017, BCE planted 5,000 trees in one day in coal mine-ravaged Dungog, Australia. The company has also worked in South Africa and New Zealand. They also started working in cyclone-ravaged Myanmar, working to replace destroyed mangroves.
Other websites have published similar accounts within the last year:
- Drones Spray Tree Seeds From the Sky to Fight Deforestation – National Geographic, November 2017
- Reforestation Drones Can Plant 100K Trees In An Hour – Geek.com, January 2018
- Former NASA Engineer Plans To Plant 1 Billion Trees A Year Using Drones – iflscience.com
For more information, check out the links below:
What do you think about using drones to help fight deforestation and climate change? Let me know in the comments!
Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂