Deserts sprouting green cities….
Find below an abstract from the article, “UAE About to Start Building Green City in Desert” by Simon Webb posted on http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/46484/story.htm. The story describes how a new green city is being built from scratch in United Arab Emirates. Read on for more details.
UAE About to Start Building Green City in Desert
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: January 18, 2008
DUBAI – The United Arab Emirates plans to start building a multi-billion-dollar green city in the desert in the first quarter of this year, as the oil producer looks to become a pioneer of alternative energy.
The zero-carbon, zero waste city — actually a town of up to 15,000 residents — is being steered by Masdar, an initiative set up by the Abu Dhabi government to develop sustainable and clean energy. It is one of a string of projects that the world’s fifth-largest oil exporter is eyeing as it looks to reduce some the world’s highest per capita greenhouse gas emissions, Masdar’s Chief Executive Sultan al-Jaber told Reuters.
“We will break ground on the city in the first quarter,” Jaber said.
Taking old cities from the Arab world as inspiration, the plans show narrow streets, squat buildings and no cars. Solar panels will act as awnings to shelter pedestrians from the sun.
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