Millennium Development Goals: Eight MDGs / Ideas for Development
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- ACUPP Association of Canadian University Planning Programs
- AAPS Association of African Planning Schools
- South African Planning Institute
- APERAU Association for the Promotion of Education and Research in Urban and Regional Planning, or Aménagement et Urbanisme (Twenty-four academic institutions spread throughout Francophonie).
- AESOP Association of European Schools of Planning
- Asian Planning Schools Association
- ANZAPS Australian and New Zealand Association of Planning Schools
- GPEAN Global Planning Education Association Network
- ALEUP Latin American Association of Schools of Urbanism and Planning
- ANPUR National Association of Urban and Regional Post-Graduate Programs - Brazil
Earth’s City Lights, NASA Earth Observatory
Bright Lights, City Lights describes how NASA scientists use city light data to map urbanization.
The brightest areas of the Earth are the most urbanized, but not necessarily the most populated. (Compare western Europe with China and India.) Cities tend to grow along coastlines and transportation networks. Even without the underlying map, the outlines of many continents would still be visible. The United States interstate highway system appears as a lattice connecting the brighter dots of city centers. In Russia, the Trans-Siberian railroad is a thin line stretching from Moscow through the center of Asia to Vladivostok. The Nile River, from the Aswan Dam to the Mediterranean Sea, is another bright thread through an otherwise dark region. Even more than 100 years after the invention of the electric light, some regions remain thinly populated and unlit. Antarctica is entirely dark. The interior jungles of Africa and South America are mostly dark, but lights are beginning to appear there. Deserts in Africa, Arabia, Australia, Mongolia, and the United States are poorly lit as well (except along the coast), along with the boreal forests of Canada and Russia, and the great mountains of the Himalaya. Source: Image by Craig Mayhew and Robert Simmon, NASA GSFC, based on DMSP data. downloaded from NASA Earth Observatory website.