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Billions of trees could be planted by drones

This article originally featured in The Skylark’s newsletter and was written as a condensed news in brief.

UK tech company Dendra has set a target for planting 500 billion trees by 2060, potentially in some of the hardest to reach areas.

Having identified replanting spots using satellite imagery, seedpods containing a germinated seed and prepacked nutrients are fired into the ground from the sky using specially designed drones.

Dendra started planting this way in the UK in 2017 and now estimates it would take just 400 teams of two drone operators, with ten drones per team, to plant 10 billion trees each year – potentially 150 times faster and ten times cheaper than planting by hand.

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