Carbon-free on the oil-soaked desert sands of the Middle East

For real. Masdar: A zero-carbon, zero-waste, car-free city on 1500 acres, 20 miles outside Abu Dhabi, the second largest city of the United Arab Emirates. The city will be home to 45,000 people and 60,000 jobs. They are applying pretty much every sustainable design strategy there is — read the links. Even the construction process will be carbon neutral. A photovoltaic power plan built in the first phase will power the construction of the second phase. Etc, etc. It’s fucking pathetic how far away we are from doing anything like this in the U.S.