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26 Oct 2012: Digital Atlas App Documents
Human Effects on the Natural World

A team of UK-based developers has created an interactive app that enables users to explore a trove of global data on several critical issues, including how human populations are impacting the natural world

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Atlas by Collins

Collins
Mapping world trends: Carbon emissions
and the production and consumption of energy resources. Released this month, Atlas by Collins uses a series of 3D globes to illustrate seven topics, including energy, the environment, politics, and population. The digital atlas contains data from every nation and more than 200,000 geographical sites, including cities, landmarks, and natural features. Users can compare trends in population, pollution, and forest loss, and trace the shifting dynamics of the distribution of energy resources. The app allows viewers to swipe across the planet’s surface and click key points to zoom to street-level detail using Apple Maps and Google Maps technology. The company says it plans to add more globes soon on themes including climate change, global development, and UN World Heritage sites. The app was created by Collins Geo, the cartographic team that produced the Times Atlas of the World and Other Media.
— Aliyya Swaby

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