World's First Zero-Carbon, Zero-Waste City

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Imagine a city built from the ground-up to use recycled materials and eschew carbon emissions. Next year, it may be real. The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi has an ambitious project underway to create the world's first zero-carbon, zero-waste city by 2009. They're hoping to build this city in the immediate vicinity of the Institute by transforming research facilities, labs, shops, residential units for employees and students, etc. into a carless, compact, reduce-reuse-recycle heaven.

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Here are some of the highlights of this proposed city:
- No cars
- No taxes
- Small streets
- Constant streams of efficiency maximizing data
- Photovoltaic farms
- Transparent laws
- Full intellectual property protection

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Sounds awesome, right? Although I'm not sure I'm willing to give up my car just yet. When and if completed, Masdar City will occupy six square kilometers of land near Abu Dhabi's international airport. No word yet on the world's first zero-G city.

The Masdar Initiative main page via Techpin

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