Topher White of Rainforest Connection

National Georgraphic: 2015 Emerging Explorers

June 15, 2015

Deforestation, much of it illegal, is one of the main contributors to climate change. Detecting and interdicting illicit loggers in remote areas has always been a challenge. Using recycled cell phones, Topher White, a physicist, engineer, and inventor, has come up with an ingenious new method of detecting illegal activity in real time.

Talking from the Amazon rain forest, White explains how the system works, how Silicon Valley helped him create it, and why working with the Tembé people of Brazil is both challenging and rewarding.

Read the article here.