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Abu Dhabi has started to build what it says is the world's first zero-carbon, zero-waste car-free city.

Masdar City will cost $22bn (£11.3bn), take eight years to build and be home to 50,000 people and 1,500 businesses.

The city will be mostly powered by solar energy and residents will move in travel pods running on magnetic tracks.

Finally, the world imagined by Gerry Anderson is starting to be built - whole cities built as one thing, people travelling on monorail pods, centralised desalination plants, massive hydrogen plants... the chances that they will need International Rescue seem greater with every corner you turn.

Still, it could be A Good Thing - if it works, this could be a big stimulus to other nations to start working on carbon neutrality with a vengeance. Certainly the promotional video makes the whole thing sound very tempting ...

BBC article
Masdar Initiative homepage
Developer's promotional video

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Goodhart
Goodhart

12 years ago

There would be so much to overcome in this country....so few use mass transit as it is....I can just imagine their dislike of having still less "independence" as they define it.

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teaaddict314
teaaddict314

Reply 12 years ago

id move there if i didnt live in vancouver (vancouvers perfect for me cause i ski and mountain bike and whister (best mountain in the world for skiing and biking) is 2 hours away) but i wouldnt mind taking public transit....this stuff seems like freakin sweet transit anyways lol

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

well there is a general dislike of it here (I don't mind it so much when I have used it in the past......i.e. when called in for Jury duty, etc). But they need more support here, so they can make it better.....it looks like that is not soon in coming...at least not in my area.

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jessyratfink
jessyratfink

12 years ago

Gorgeous. I really hope this is successful.

And hey, would you look at that? None of those links went to your LED project. ;)

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its a lion
its a lion

Reply 12 years ago

He must have forgot. This could be interesting. I'm curious to know how everything is going to play out with it. Looks like I will be waiting for a little while though.

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teaaddict314
teaaddict314

12 years ago

i want to move there....but then i would get away from vancouver....and vancouvers so great...

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ry25920
ry25920

12 years ago

Why else? It's the UAE! If they want it they get it.

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Labot2001
Labot2001

12 years ago

COOL! I take my hat off to Mr. Abu Dhabi :]