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In 2010, Dongtan, China, a city that doesn’t yet exist, will sit 30 minutes from Shanghai’s financial district. When the city opens, 60% of its energy will be generated from renewable sources, and if all goes as planned, that figure will be 100% by 2030. And to add a little perspective to the scope of this project, Dongtan’s population is expected to grow to 500,000 in its first 40 years.

Wired has the full story, ” Pop-Up Cities: China Builds a Bright Green Metropolis.”

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This article in Wired reports on some of the ways Web mashups are being used to monitor politicians’ activities.

Tread carefully, politicians — concerned citizens are watching your every move on the web. Their tools? Custom data mashups that use public databases to draw correlations between every vote cast and every dollar spent in Washington.

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On Monday, April 23, the 2007 recipients of the Goldman Environmental Prize were honored at an event in San Francisco.

From the Goldman website:

The 2007 Goldman Prize recipients tackled some of the most pressing environmental issues of the day by halting unregulated mining, protecting essential forests, fighting against controversial oil and gas projects, building sustainable development programs, and protecting biodiversity. All of them, through grassroots efforts, helped educate and motivate local communities to get involved in the effort to protect the natural environment around them and to stand up for their rights.

The recipients were from Canada, Zambia, Mongolia, Peru, Ireland, and Iceland.

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by Kazim Ali

On April 19, after a day of teaching classes at Shippensburg University, I went out to my car and grabbed a box of old poetry manuscripts from the front seat of my little white Beetle and carried it across the street and put it next to the trashcan outside Wright Hall. The poems were from poetry contests I had been judging and the box was heavy. I had previously left my recycling boxes there and they were always picked up and taken away by the trash department.

A young man from ROTC was watching me as I got into my car and drove away. I thought he was looking at my car which has black flower decals and sometimes inspires strange looks. I later discovered that I, in my dark skin, am sometimes not even a person to the people who look at me. Instead, in spite of my peacefulness, my committed opposition to all aggression and war, I am a threat by my very existence, a threat just living in the world as a Muslim body.

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