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March 11, 2010

AMAZON TRIBES GET INTERNET & SOLAR POWER

TREE HUGGER - For the first time, indigenous Amazonian tribesmen, long isolated by their location deep within the rainforest, will have access to the internet and telephone. The system, which includes a VSAT satellite dish, was installed by the System of Protection of the Amazon to enable a closer monitoring of illegal logging operations. Up until now, indigenous tribes were aware of deforestation taking place on protected land but had little recourse to combat the problem--now they can twitter about it instantaneously. . .

included in the installation is a large solar panel, which will bring electricity to the remote village for the first time as well. The site is located about 100 miles from the nearest city.

The region is thought to be home to some of Brazil's few remaining uncontacted tribesmen, whose livelihoods have long been threatened by illegal logging and development on their protected lands. Now, with the help of their new internet connection, combating these illegal operations has never been easier--nor has setting up a Facebook account.


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