Musk and Brazil Discuss Possible Cooperation on Amazon Forest Conservation

The Brazilian government and Elon Musk, CEO of car maker Tesla and space company SpaceX, have discussed a possible partnership to preserve the Amazon forest.


The meeting took place in Austin, Texas. Brazilian Communications Minister Fabio Faria spoke with Musk about the deployment of satellite technology from Starlink and SpaceX. This technology could be used to monitor deforestation and illegal forest fires. They also talked about projects for schools and health facilities in rural areas and indigenous communities, the financial news agency Bloomberg reports

The Amazon is the largest tropical rainforest on Earth. Brazil pledged to do more to stop deforestation at the climate summit in Glasgow earlier this month.

By placing thousands of satellites around the Earth, Starlink wants to be able to offer broadband internet in remote areas where there are no fibre optic networks, for example. The company now has more than 1,600 satellites in orbit. In addition, starlink wants to be able to compete with cable companies on price, among other things.

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