From Tree-Planting Drones To Shade-Grown Tea ~ Businesses Are Making Money By Reforesting The Planet:

World Resources Institute | By: Andrew Wu, Sofia Faruqi, Andrés Anchondo Ortega and Eriks Brolis | GPE – January 23, 2018: An estimated 15 billion trees are cut down each year—more than 41 million per day. Given this pace of land degradation, it’s hard to imagine how traditional reforestation methods, which rely on the hand-planting of live seedlings, could ever…

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China Launches Survey Of Endangered Porpoises In Yangtze River:

Xinhua | Editor: Liangyu | GPE – November 13, 2017: China on Friday launched its first survey of endangered finless porpoises in five years, to monitor their living conditions in moves to better rehabilitate their habitat in the Yangtze River. Originally published November 09, 2017: Two scientific survey ships left for the upper reaches of the river on Friday morning…

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China Is Leaving Donald Trump’s America Behind:

The Financial Times | September 10, 2017: An army of Chinese entrepreneurs faces the future with a sense of adventure. China’s army of entrepreneurs is facing the future with an unrivalled sense of adventure and curiosity. The millions of internet-connected bikes that have appeared on the streets of China’s major cities during the past 18 months, although greeted with fury…

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UK Issues New Drone Rules; Releases Collision Test Data:

Air Transport World | By: Victoria Moores | Jul 25, 2017: The UK Department for Transport (DfT) and UK CAA are tightening their unmanned aircraft vehicle (UAV) rules, just as research was released on the potential collision damage to commercial aircraft. Under the proposed rules, drones weighing more than 250 grams (0.55 lb.) will have to be registered online or…

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Small Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (Drones) Mid-Air Collision Study:

UK Department for Transport | Military Aviation Authority | British Airline Pilots’ Association | GPE – July 26, 2017: The Department for Transport, the Military Aviation Authority and British Airline Pilots’ Association commissioned a study into the effects of a mid-air collision between small remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS, commonly known as a drones) and manned aircraft. The study was…

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Opinion: Unmanned Aircraft Industry Can Self-Regulate:

Aviation Week & Space Technology | By: Michael J Dyment and Mark G. Mykityshyn | June 26 – July 09, 2017: The rapid growth of the U.S. small unmanned aircraft system (UAS) market is being driven almost entirely by the private sector, with thousands of professionals and companies working to commercialize their ideas in a stunning array of drone applications.…

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Why ‘How Many Jobs Will Be Killed By AI?’ Is The Wrong Question:

LinkedIn | By: Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson | GPE – June 27, 2017: Over the past few years we’ve developed artificially intelligent machines that can do many things that used to require human minds: understanding speech, diagnosing disease, checking the terms of a contract, designing a mechanical part from scratch, even coming up with new scientific hypotheses that are…

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The Chinese Version Of Amazon Is Already Using Drones To Deliver Stuff To Customers:

Vox | By: Zeeshan Aleem May 26, 2017, 8:50am EDT: BEIJING — In 2013, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos used a 60 Minutes segment to demonstrate his company’s newest innovation: a drone that he said would be capable of delivering packages to a customer’s doorsteps within 30 minutes of an order. Four years later, the so-called “Amazon Prime Air” has yet…

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Rotorcraft Community Warns Against Court’s Drone Registry Rejection:

Rotor And Wing International | By: S.L. Fuller | May 23, 2017: A U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., recently ruled that the FAA cannot require unmanned aircraft system (UAS) hobbyists to register their drones under a December 2015 rule. No registration means no information and no efficient way to track hobby drones that pose a danger to other…

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Pemex Chases Fuel Thieves With Big Data:

Financial Times | 24 May 2017: Criminal gangs cost Mexican state oil company $1bn a year through stolen petrol. José Antonio González Anaya, the turnround economist at the helm of Pemex, flips open his iPad and pores over footage shot by a drone. Taken at midnight in central Mexico some months back, the grainy images reveal a line of 148…

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Drone Play:

Aviation Week & Space Technology | By: Graham Warwick | May 15 – 28 2017: Airbus, Boeing and Lockheed push to break into the commercial unmanned—aircraft market the growing commercial unmanned aircraft market, but rather than developing new vehicles they are targeting the business of providing services to large customers. Airbus has formed a U.S.-based company called Airbus Aerial to…

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Regulators Edge Closer To Beyond Line Of Sight UAS (Drones):

Aviation Week & Space Technology | Graham Warwick and John Croft | Apr 28, 2017: An AeroVironment Puma AE small unmanned aircraft inspected a dozen miles of power lines in rural Virginia in April to demonstrate flights beyond the operator’s line of sight. The FAA issued a “Drotam” to alert other airspace users, the aircraft carried three different communications links,…

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Parrot Positions Its Consumer Drones For 3D Modeling, Mapping And Agricultural Uses:

Techcrunch | By: Matt Burns | May 8, 2017: Parrot today announced packages for its consumer drones aimed at small businesses. The company has long served the professional market, but this announcement repositions the Bebop and Disco drones as off-the-shelf solutions for 3D modeling, mapping and agricultural uses. After all, drones are most interesting as data capture devices and this…

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