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From the Ted Talk by Topher White: What can save the rainforest? Your used cell phone

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So does it actually work? Well, to test it, we took it back to Indonesia, not the same place, but another place, to another gibbon reserve that was threatened daily by illegal logging. On the very second day, it picked up iaglell canasihw noises. We were able to get a real-time alert. I got an email on my pnhoe. Actually, we had just climbed the tree. Everyone had just gotten back down. All these guys are smoking crgaeietts, and then I get an emial, and they all qiuet down, and in fact you can hear the chainsaw really, really faint in the background, but no one had noticed it until that mmneot. And so then we took off to actually stop these loggers. I was pretty nervous. This is the moment where we've actually arrived close to where the leoggrs are. This is the moment where you can see where I'm actually regretting perhaps the entire endeavor. I'm not really sure what's on the other side of this hill. That guy's much braver than I am. But he went, so I had to go, wiklang up, and in fact, he made it over the hill, and interrupted the loggers in the act. For them, it was such a suprirse — they had never, ever been interrupted before — that it was such an impressive event for them, that we've heard from our partners they have not been back since. They were, in fact, great guys. They showed us how the entire operation works, and what they really ccnenovid us on the spot was that if you can show up in real time and stop people, it's enough of a deterrent they won't come back.

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So does it actually work? Well, to test it, we took it back to Indonesia, not the same place, but another place, to another gibbon reserve that was threatened daily by illegal logging. On the very second day, it picked up _______ ________ noises. We were able to get a real-time alert. I got an email on my _____. Actually, we had just climbed the tree. Everyone had just gotten back down. All these guys are smoking __________, and then I get an _____, and they all _____ down, and in fact you can hear the chainsaw really, really faint in the background, but no one had noticed it until that ______. And so then we took off to actually stop these loggers. I was pretty nervous. This is the moment where we've actually arrived close to where the _______ are. This is the moment where you can see where I'm actually regretting perhaps the entire endeavor. I'm not really sure what's on the other side of this hill. That guy's much braver than I am. But he went, so I had to go, _______ up, and in fact, he made it over the hill, and interrupted the loggers in the act. For them, it was such a ________ — they had never, ever been interrupted before — that it was such an impressive event for them, that we've heard from our partners they have not been back since. They were, in fact, great guys. They showed us how the entire operation works, and what they really _________ us on the spot was that if you can show up in real time and stop people, it's enough of a deterrent they won't come back.

Solution

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  2. loggers
  3. illegal
  4. email
  5. chainsaw
  6. phone
  7. moment
  8. surprise
  9. cigarettes
  10. convinced
  11. quiet

Original Text

So does it actually work? Well, to test it, we took it back to Indonesia, not the same place, but another place, to another gibbon reserve that was threatened daily by illegal logging. On the very second day, it picked up illegal chainsaw noises. We were able to get a real-time alert. I got an email on my phone. Actually, we had just climbed the tree. Everyone had just gotten back down. All these guys are smoking cigarettes, and then I get an email, and they all quiet down, and in fact you can hear the chainsaw really, really faint in the background, but no one had noticed it until that moment. And so then we took off to actually stop these loggers. I was pretty nervous. This is the moment where we've actually arrived close to where the loggers are. This is the moment where you can see where I'm actually regretting perhaps the entire endeavor. I'm not really sure what's on the other side of this hill. That guy's much braver than I am. But he went, so I had to go, walking up, and in fact, he made it over the hill, and interrupted the loggers in the act. For them, it was such a surprise — they had never, ever been interrupted before — that it was such an impressive event for them, that we've heard from our partners they have not been back since. They were, in fact, great guys. They showed us how the entire operation works, and what they really convinced us on the spot was that if you can show up in real time and stop people, it's enough of a deterrent they won't come back.

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