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aerial view of ideal and sustainable cityroofs equipped with solar panels, wind farmunderground networks linking energy sources and energy consumption locationswind farm, solar panels,manure storage area with a tractortunnel with cars running with headlights onvehicles with magnetic sensora man gets out of the vehicle and enters the elevatorthe man arrives home motion sensors light up as it passes byman uses water from the kitchen tapwaste water from the sink is recoveredgarbage can for green wastepedestrians in the streeta couple on their balconyvertical traveling on buildingssolar panels on building roofsgreen areas with playgrounds for childrenresidents are gardening
------------------------------------------------------ SCRIPTCarbon Neutral City (186 words)
Welcome to Carbon Neutral City!This urban development -- with its own smart grid -- runs entirely on locally-produced, clean energy.Here, wind parks, solar panels and biogas plants powered by cattle manure and vegetable waste, are the norm. The transport system is driverless: Pod cars guided by magnetic sensors ferry residents around in underground corridors.Homes are connected: Movement sensors replacing light switches and taps help reduce electricity and water consumption.And there’s minimal waste. Treated sewage effluent is recycled for landscaping and bio-solids used at waste-to-energy plants. The key to sustainable urban living is just as much about design as it is technology. The city is planned to optimise space and conserve energy, its narrow streets providing shade in the summer and encouraging air circulation. Buildings -- made of low-carbon cement -- are fitted with roof-mounted photovoltaic installations. These generate electricity and act as an extra layer of insulation or protection from direct sunlight.Even the landscaping is ecological, as plants are chosen to minimise irrigation and maximise the natural water cycle. Residents must also work hard to keep their city green -- that means community and healthy living!
Sources: Foster and Partners, Masdar Institute