President, Environmental Defense Fund
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In Texas there’s a wind farm that’s using radar as air traffic control for birds. When the birds approach, it tells the blades to stop moving. In the Gulf of Mexico, NRDC and Oceana deployed a submersible robot to use ultraviolet light to measure oil left over from the BP spill, uploading the data for researchers. In the Brazilian Amazon, a narrow laser beam pulsing at 100,000 times a second creates 3D data about tropical deforestation. Technology has the potential to help us tackle the toughest environmental challenges. At a time when top-down solutions are gridlocked in Washington, D.C., the potential for bottom-up solutions driven by technology is massive. As facts become more transparent, people will be moved by the science that drives the debate.