Articles by Rhett Butler

Rhett Butler is the founder and CEO of Mongabay. He also servers as managing editor.

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Conservation Drones Summit streaming live

The Conservation Drones Summit hosted by the California Academy of Sciences is being streamed live on Periscope by Bryson Voirin. You can watch here. You can also follow the event…
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Forest data platform now mobile-ready

Global Forest Watch, a platform that maps a wide range of forest data, is now optimized for mobile users, potentially extending the tool for ground-based forest monitoring and deforestation detection.…

Video: the conservation drone revolution

The use of small autonomous flying vehicles — model airplanes to hobbyists — is revolutionizing the field of conservation, enabling researchers to track wildlife, monitor for poachers, and survey inaccessible…