Petro-state announces world’s first carbon-neutral city

The world’s first zero-carbon, zero-waste and car-free city, designed by the British architect Lord Norman Foster, is to be unveiled today in the United Arab Emirates.

The location of Masdar City in the harsh desert on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi will eventually grow into a settlement housing 1,500 businesses and 50,000 people.

Although the a 6km sq site has no fresh water and temperatures reach 50C in the summer, sponsors and designers say that it will incorporate methods used by ancient settlements to survive in such a harsh climate.

Much of the city’s electricity will be generated through solar power, which will drive the cooling systems and a desalination plant producing fresh water.

Landscaping within the city and crops grown outside the city will be irrigated with recycled and treated waste water.

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