US: The WWF has released a new mapping tool that can produce maps showing industrial activity and natural features. The web-based maps, which incorporate research data, show where Arctic oil activity may clash with marine mammals or how the melting ice has influenced shipping routes, WWF said.
“Arctic nature and people desperately need environmentally sustainable management practices. A well-informed and active public can help push for such practices, and these maps can help in supplying that information.
“Everywhere in the world, good maps are preconditions for sound management and informed public debate about natural values and human activities,” said Nina Jensen from WWF Norway.