Brazil goes high-tech in bid to protect vulnerable Amazon tribes

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The Brazilian government’s National Indian Foundation (Funai) recently said it would conduct flyovers in Amazonia, where it suspects Indians might be in danger from encroaching farmers, loggers and miners.

Military planes flying at high altitude will use radar, satellite, and infrared technology that can identify humans and their communities through their body heat, Funai and military officials said.

If pilot programs scheduled for next year are successful, the high-tech equipment could prove an indispensable weapon in protecting vulnerable tribes.

http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/1202/p07s03-woam.html

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