Ex-NASA Engineer To Plant One Billion Trees A Year Using Drones… – Eco Snippets

Ex-NASA Engineer To Plant One Billion Trees A Year Using Drones…

Ex-NASA Engineer To Plant One Billion Trees A Year Using Drones...

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As upwards of 26 billion trees are cut down every year and only 15 billion are replanted, we’re facing a deficit. As seed bombing has taken on a new meaning, airplanes are retrofitted to drop seeds instead of bombs; the potential for replantation is vast.  One engineer claims to be able to replant 36,000 trees a day with the use of drones and will replant one billion trees per year at 15% the cost of hand plantation.

Lauren Fletcher, former engineer at NASA and CEO of BioCarbon Engineering, has developed drones that will carry pre-germinated seeds, dropping them in pods from 3 meters above the ground

The seeds are coated with a nutritious hydrogel, which Fetcher believes will make for much more effective seeding than traditional airborne attempts.  Though it is not as effective as hand planting on a seed by seed basis, it has the capability to plant thousands of times more seeds and only needs one worker to pilot multiple drones.

A prototype wowed crowds at the Drones for Good competition in the United Arab Emirates and the company hopes to have fully functioning models by the end of the summer of 2015 (via Minds).

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Mmmm, watering from the drone. More wishful thinking

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Did you know all seeds have their own way of spreading? Some even are helicoptershapes, like acer seeds.

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Reforest with trees native to areas.

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Hope they are not gmo

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    Probably not a good idea, lots of spinning blades that might cut off things you want to keep

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    Not literally lol there are plenty of people who can do that job.

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Un-natural drone-shit. Dear Ecosnippets, be smarter than publishing this

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    replanting is also unnatural in that case

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    Un-natural? So is deforestation.

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    People should do it, not drones. Not ”bombs”. There is special connection between plants and humans in this process. This ”NASA” guy should know better.

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    people are not hand-cutting down trees. they are doing it with machines that can remove an entire forest in a day or two. to combat this, replanting can’t happen the ‘old fashion’ way. While it’s very romantic to consider walking through a forest and individually planting trees while being one with nature, what needs to happen is we need trees planted asap. I personally commend this person for being innovative and using our technology and looking forward to help solve this problem. We don’t have the luxury of time anymore.

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    ’cause nothing is more “natural” than facebook

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Is this legal?

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That’s an old article…what has become of it?

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What variety of trees though? Multiple or just palm? And have they cut down hundreds of acres of rich habitat in which to drop these bombs?!

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carpet bomb clearcuts with hemp

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Lawrence Loeffler

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as forests are burned constantly would be a good idea to replant .if you really want to help the environment

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Trees also need their own families that’s what a forest is it is a family of trees and symbiotic relationships interspecies tree relationships and plants. Older trees suckle their young underground and send out essential oils to protect the area above ground. The forest soil is teeming with life and consciousness. Well planting lots of trees is a wonderful thing I hope somehow it will be a conscious Forest as well somehow. Read “The Hidden Life of trees”.

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    I very much like what you’re saying here Janet. I have a saying that “trees are people too”. And the phrase “the conscious forest” is worthy of a book title. In the Zoroastrian belief system trees are held in high regard as the natural ecological partners for humanity in many respects, not the least of which is having an abundant Earth. If you ask a child : have you touched a tree today? It sets off a natural curiosity within them. Trees are people too!!! ?????

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    If you are interested, I write articles about living amid the forest (to help city folks learn and not cut down forests for lawns) here: http://www.ocn.me and this article is on the enchanted forests, or how trees communicate via electricity in the fungi at their roots: http://www.ocn.me/v17n3.htm?zoom_highlight=enchanted+forests#hang

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problem is, they are planning “monoculture” drops. if you were legitmately going to do it the right way, you need to create seed balls featuring all the seeds you need for a wild forest, encased in a mixture of clay so it would slowely release the seeds over time, and make it hard for animals and birds to eat them.

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    Tree farms? They are planting huge tree farms? What, pine for boards? That isn’t replacing forests, that is preventing forests. :'(

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Hope they are food producing ones.

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    You would be surprised, then, at the amazing forest as pantry… forest foraging is abundant with food for animals as well as people. It does take a mature forest to be able to support feeding its own young trees and other plants as well as humans and animals, just as a mature female supports and suckles her young. Read my article above for a taste of the wild abundance our trees offer us. It is so wonderful.

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Another crap idea shared by ‘eco’-snippets – get a grip you guys and do some proper research.

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More fantasy.. A BILLION?? Get lose..actually you are already lost in space. As a retired horticulturalist let me say this…it would take 200,000 MILES of nursery rows to grow that many seedlings up to transplant size! It would take about $100,000,000 worth of biodegradable pots, 1,250,000 hrs to plant them in the pots and ad much time again to load then on roughly 1000 transport trucks to deliver them. If the man and the drone work 24 hours a day every day of the year without so much as a battery change time, this imaginary engineer will have to live about another 10,000 years..
Do you have any concept of how big a billion is?

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If you have ever planted tree you would understand how silly an idea this is!

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And one seedling does not equal the benefit of a full grown tree…

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    Trees suckle their young underground and support them above ground so throwing babies out into the Earth is not as sound of an idea as it appears.

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Hope they are planting trees native to the areas where they are dropping and creating a mixed forest. Just dropping “weedy” non-native trees isn?t going to cut it. I like India?s approach of thousands of people planting native trees, in a large group at once.

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Pure BS. Planting does not sustained the trees for ultimate success. Try agtain with honesty.

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What do you think of this idea Simon James O’Rourke Looks good to me.
Maybe as a marketing strategy you could include new tree planting with each of your commissions?

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Hopefully not just a monoculture

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Give em a go !! But not in front of my views !! lol

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Best use of a drone that I’ve heard 🙂

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Go for it….

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stop talking about it and do it!!

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First figure out where to get a billion tree seedlings..there aren’t that many growing in the entire world!

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I will never understand the hate on these type of ideas ? nor the need for the conversations

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In India we had people doing is all over!

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Fingers crossed it works!

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Keep on trucking.

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It would be much better and much more powerful to protect the trees that we do have in the forests that we do have in the ecosystem that we do have that has been in creation for as long as the Earth has had photosynthesis ergo, life.

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you would be better off creating clay seed balls to drop instead, and that was the plan developed by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masanobu_Fukuoka seed balls – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seed_ball

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The Finns have been doing this for ages.

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bullshhhhhh 🙂

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So this is the news from few years ago and this article says thet there should be operating model by the end of 2015… any recent news about this project?! Or you just reposting same old news over and over again, fishing for likes?

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    Sadi mladi luk po hondurasu.

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Complete B.S.- will never happen because horticulture is more difficult than they assume.

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Great idea, but this was in 2015. Is there an update?

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Great story from 4+ years ago.
Seems to be a trend these days.

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More like land mines ?

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But will it be able to keep pace with logging and deforestation?

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let guess, a mono crop.. see thats how they think. they dont “plant a sustainable forest with full species support (fungi, ground cover, shrub, small, med and large trees), but thats what they could do, but that doesn’t suit the agenda, who ever does this, intends to cut that forest down in a few years, so its a mono crop. Mono crops often damage the soil, pine trees for instance will acidify the soil, eucalyps will create oils that in the leaf litter prevent the growth of other species, etc. this isnt a new idea either, the Japanese gentleman farmer, Masanobu Fukuoka introduced this idea using seed balls, made of clay and soil, mixed with an assortment of seeds that will create just that, a complete forest for the region it would be used. seed balls resist the “theft” of seeds by birds and animals, while at the same time provide shelter as they break down, 100% natural, and allow the plants to germinate that best suit the micro area. Look the guy up, plenty of books out about him.

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Hope this is true

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Doritos will take them out quicker

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That’s 1,902 trees every second. That’s a lot of fucking trees.

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