As Brazil’s new president threatens the Amazon, Brazilian entrepreneurs create a device for large-scale forest restoration.

Business Insider – October 2018

 

Forests are vital to fighting climate change, removing more than one-quarter of the carbon emissions added to the Earth’s atmosphere annually, scientists say.

But the rate of deforestation has increased in much of the world in recent years.

Several governments and charitable groups are taking steps to help restore the Earth’s forests. The Ray C. Anderson Foundation and the Biomimicry Institute, for example, launched a competition this year to address solutions to climate change, and a team of Brazilian entrepreneurs won the $100,000 prize on October 20 for creating a device designed to protect seedlings from invasive grasses and leafcutter ants.

The Nucleário, which gathers rainwater for the soil and tree roots, was designed to be deployed in parts of the Atlantic Forest. The device’s inventors — Bruno Rutman, Pedro Rutman, and Bruno Ferrari — say it allows for more reforestation in less time, as field workers don’t need to focus on seedling maintenance and can plant more trees instead.

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