The project, which grew out of frustration that authorities were ignoring environmental problems, allows visitors to submit issues in their areas. Launched in October, it has already received “dozens” of reports, the newspaper writes.
Ultimately, the project’s organizers will assess “a range of factors,” including air and water quality, the health of ecosystems, waste handling, corporate accountability, and the status of threatened species to assign regions environmental ratings.
“The officials in these regions will have a hard time explaining why they have been lax in dealing with these issues. I am convinced this project has huge potential, and could really improve the situation,” one environmental journalist said at the map’s launch event.
Russia has seen the birth of a new environmental movement in the past few years, spurred largely by the armies of volunteers who helped fight the horrific forest fires of 2010.