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Murcielago Is the Least Green Car of the Year 2010

According to the Environmental Transport Association, Lamborghini Murcielago is the least ‘green-friendly’ car and sports car in the United Kingdom.

The Luxury car emits a CO2 amount equivalent to ‘a football pitch-sized forest of trees’, which brought it the Least Green Car of the Year 2010 title.

According to The Sun, the two-seat Murcielago produces five times more carbon dioxide per mile than the greenest car of the year – the Toyota iQ.
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World’s tallest residential tower in Mumbai

A Mumbai developer is about to start construction on what he claims will be the world’s tallest residential tower.

Mumbai builder Lodha Developers Ltd. said it will finish the over 117-story stack of private homes called “World One” in 2014.

At more than 450 meters, it will be taller than the Empire State Building in New York or the Willis Tower in Chicago.
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Abu Dhabi sets ambitious green tourism targets

Abu Dhabi has announced ambitious environmental targets for 2010, promising to slash energy, water and waste-to-landfill usage.

The targets, announced January 3 by the Abu Dhabi tourism authority, commit Abu Dhabi to a 10-percent energy cut, 20-percent water usage cut and 20-percent waste-to-landfill cut.

If delivered, Abu Dhabi believes its hotels will be in line with, if not greener, than the world’s greenest hotels.
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Belgrave Trust, Carbon Offsets For The Luxury Set

A new carbon offsetting service targeting the luxury-conscious set has recently launched.

Belgrave Trust calculates the amount of carbon users emit in a given month (partly from car and jet exhaust), and then offers them credits which are invested in projects that help the environment.

The site uses a unique carbon calculator that matches a user’s lifestyle with the amount of carbon they emit in a given month.
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Financial Times – Business Of Luxury Summit 2009

Chaired by the Editor of the Financial Times, Lionel Barber, The FT Business of Luxury Summit will bring together leaders from one of the world’s most successful industries.

This year’s theme is “Beyond Green: Economics, Ethics and Enticement”.

The annual event, now in its fifth year, will be hosted at Monte Carlo’s Salles des Etoiles in June, and will be attended by luxury brands, luxury consultants and brand experts.

Debates are expected to centre around the impact of the economic crisis on the luxury sector and future plans for businesses to become more ethical and environmentally friendly.
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Bambou Habitat create the Eco-Luxury Homes

Choosing a bamboo home over a conventional home makes a significant difference—it counts as a vote for a paradigm shift to sustainability, requires out of the box thinking, and a passion to live in your values.

Bambou Habitat homes are the first and the only certified bamboo homes in the world, built for any climate.

Graceful bamboo homes are works of art, like a piece of fine furniture and have a handcrafted quality look and feel.

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Nixon Rubber Player Green Watch

Back in March Nixon surprised us with its “4 x 4” Rubber Player Collection whereby they will introduce 4 Rubber Players in a single colorway to the world.

On the 15th of each month from March to June a new surprise color will be released.

Participating shops will be shipped only 4 Rubber Players each month. Each surprise color will be kept secret.
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Jewelry goes green with Lux necklace

Mae Yokoyama, a Masters Jewelery design student at the Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design in Sweden offers you the Lux solar panel collar.

Finished with solar panels, the Lux is a necklace for women that collects energy from the sun during daytime to lighten the LED bulbs, giving an appearance of glittering pearls in the dark.

Not only is this a fashion statement, it also raises the awareness of energy conservation to others.
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Dubai Marina

Dubai Going Underground and Green

With news of the forthcoming opening of the Dubai Metro Red Line in September 2009, the bustling gulf metropolis is in the final phase of completing its transformation into one of the leading global cities of the modern era.

Connecting the central business district with both sides of the Dubai Creek, the new metro (with a further Green Line extension planned for 2010) will ease commuter traffic, and undoubtedly benefit property owners who are currently jammed on roads on their daily commutes.

In the long term, it is forecasted that potential Dubai investment will also have to reconsider their policies in view of this new “green factor”.
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Mercedes-Benz S400 hybrid

Mercedes-Benz has launched the new S400 hybrid model: the first series-production Mercedes-Benz passenger car with hybrid drive and the world’s first car with a lithium-ion battery.

“The S400 HYBRID is a major milestone on our road towards emission-free mobility”, says Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of Daimler AG and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Cars.

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Tokyo Art Week goes green

River Re Wall is a system for green walls that’s developed by Hokkaido Sanyu Corp. It seems like a mini version of a riverbed or garden turned on its side.

Behind the moss-covered wall panel is an irrigation system that ensures all-around healthy greenery and generates a faint, trickling sound of water.

The sound is designed to create a sense of real, living nature, as well as encourage relaxation.
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Around-the-World Adventure by Luxury Private Jet

Safari Air, the green luxury private jet charter service, announced today that it is set to take flight on October 15th with the world’s first 21-day “Around the World Grand East Africa Safari.”

The thrilling 25,450-mile adventure includes the Great Pyramids of Giza, Hong Kong Harbor, Taj Mahal and safaris in Tanzania and Kenya.

Designed exclusively for eight passengers aboard a luxurious Gulfstream IV private jet, this once-in-a-lifetime adventure will depart from Orange County, California’s John Wayne Airport.

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Mercedes-Benz F-Cell Roadster

Daimler today has unveiled the F-CELL Roadster, the latest in their line of “F-Series” concept vehicles, and it draws its inspiration from a diverse variety of automotive eras.

Controlled with drive-by-wire technology and utilizing a joystick rather than a conventional steering wheel, this whip is powered by a 1.2kW emission-free fuel cell system located at the rear.

It took a year and more than 150 trainees to create, but the entire project involved using “junior employees”, giving the company’s up-and-coming employees a creative way to learn how alternative-fuel systems come together.

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Swede Hill House, Where luxury meets sustainable design

Swede Hill is next project from Newport, RI based design+build firm, Aquidneck Fine Properties.

This 3000 sqft LEED registered home is designed by award winning architects Estes/ Twombly and promises to be one of Southern New England’s truly “green” luxury homes.

Set on four protected acres, this stunning private hilltop retreat offers breath-taking southerly and westerly ocean views towards Montauk Point and Long Island Sound.

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Smart fortwo BRABUS electric drive

It’s the year of electric cars at the Geneva auto show.

Various companies exhibited cars that feature environmental without missing the driving pleasure, as Smart that presented its exclusive and innovative model Smart fortwo BRABUS electric drive.

The new Smart green-model with its high quality equipment proves that a car that makes environmental sense can also have charm and be fun to drive: ecology and a feast for the senses go hand in hand.

It features a state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery that celebrate its world premiere.

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Porsche Cayenne S hybrid

New Porsche Cayenne S hybrid will finally came to market in 2010.

According to the German automaker, the hybridized Cayenne will emit some 20 percent less C02 than comparable combustion engine vehicles with similar power output. Covering a 0-to-100 km/h sprint in just 6.8 seconds, it will earn its ‘S’ designation by delivering V8 performance and four-cylinder efficiency, all while complying with the Ultra Low Emission Vehicle II emission standards.

Cayenne S Hybrid will roll freely at highway speeds without the combustion engine on, greatly minimizing engine emissions and fossil fuel consumption. This differs from current hybrid concepts that deliver benefits mainly in city traffic.

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Eco Holidays : Kandalama Hotel

There’s a new blog in town, called SustainableModern and we really like it. This five-person team of architects and designers focuses on both eco-friendliness AND modern design.

Their latest post is about the Kandalama hotel, designed in 1991 by acclaimed Sri Lankan architect, Geoffrey Bawa – a principal force behind the architectural movement, dubbed ‘tropical modernism.

The tropical hideaway of the Kandalama Hotel allows visitors to explore the many wonders of Sri Lanka.

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How The Luxury Consumer Will Spend In 2009

According to Forbes, wealthy consumers will spend, but differently than before. Exclusivity will be embraced as will quality and dependability.

What’s more, luxury brands will begin offering discounts and incentives-something many have never done before.

“The days of shopping ’til you drop are over,” says David Lamb, chief strategic officer at diamond giant De Beers, which, with London-based market research firm Ledbury Research, recently examined the changing demands of the high-net-worth customer.
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Floating City Ark for Eco-Refugees

According to the less alarming forecasts of the Intergovernmental group on the evolution of the climate, the ocean level should rise from 20 to 90 cm during the 21st Century with a status quo by 50 cm (versus 10 cm in the 20th Century).

As a solution to this alarming problem architect Vincent Callebaut came up with this ecotectural marvel that could serve as a luxurious future retreat for 50,000 inhabitants seeking refuge from rising waters due to global warming.

He believes the world will be desperately seeking shelter from the devastations of climate change, and hopes the auto-sufficient amphibious city will serve as a luxurious solution.
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