Over Polluted Qatar Hosts UN Climate Conference

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This month’s United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP18) will be hosted by Qatar, the tiny peninsula nation in the Persian Gulf that holds the world record for per capita CO2 emissions. According to a report entitled Indicators of Sustainable Development 2011 released by Qatar’s statistics’ authority, the state has experienced a 27% annual increase in ozone-depleting substances, 9.3% Qatar has held the emissions world record for two decades.

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Qatar Solar Buys into Germany’s SolarWorld

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Qatar Solar has purchased a stake in SolarWorld AG to give the firm a much needed fiscal boost. Although in debt, there is still a market for high quality solar panels that can withstand harsh conditions such as Qatar’s hot and dry desert territory. A small emirate bordering Saudi Arabia and the world’s third highest producer of natural gas, Qatar has good reason to see SolarWorld AG succeed. Business clean tech green tech Qatar Solar solar power SolarWorld

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Will Qatar’s Passivhaus Baytna experiment perform in intense heat?

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An energy-efficient house in Barwa City, Qatar will be put through its paces to see if it can perform to computer-modeled expectations. The designers of Passivhaus (or Passive House in English) aim to demonstrate that their building will double the “greenness” of a comparable home built to Qatar’s existing green rating system – Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS). The study is part of a 2-year, $665,000 project, underwritten by the Qatar National Research Fund.

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Hydroponics in the house in Qatar!

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Qatar – the tiny desert nation known for sinking millions into futuristic follies like artificial clouds and underwater TV studios – has come back down to earth with a plan to grow up to 70 percent of its own vegetables by 2023. The two-year pilot project successfully grew tomatoes without soil using recycled irrigation water in greenhouses specifically adapted to Qatar’s punishing heat, where summer daytime temperatures often exceed 110 °F.

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Will the Kyoto Protocol Survive Qatar 2012?

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The Qatar climate conference this year could very well mark the end of the Kyoto protocol. Qatar has one of the highest per capita CO2 emission rates in the world , but it will host The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)’s climate change conference this year – shortly before the Kyoto protocol’ s first emission targets expire at the end of this year. The Qatar Climate Conference: The End or a Turning Point?

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Qatar Must Stop Shoreline Development to Save Mangrove Forests

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The Gulf state of Qatar has mangrove forests that are in danger of being damaged or destroyed by developers who want to “eat up the shorelines” according to The Gulf Times. Ajmal Khan, Qatar’s Shell Professor in Sustainable Development and Professor at the Department of International Affairs at Qatar University told the paper that mangroves are comprised of species of plants that can withstand the harsh weather conditions in Qatar.

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What Israel, the UAE and Qatar have in common

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WASHINGTON — Israel is the best-prepared country in the Middle East for climate change, followed closely by the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Turkey, according to data released Nov. In the Middle East, the highest-ranking countries were Israel (70.4); United Arab Emirates (69.1); Qatar (66.8); Turkey (66.7); Jordan (65.87); Oman (65.2) Energy Climate Change Israel Norway Qatar Turkey United Arab Emirates

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Qatar’s Cities of Animals: Birds and other Hidden Cities

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“In Qatar, the birds have built their own hidden city. Over at Guernica Magazine , I stumbled across a beautiful short story by Autumn Watts who is a lecturer of writing at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar. In Qatar, the birds have built their own hidden city. For more animals and Qatar see: The Shard: Qatar’s London Land Grab. Qatar (Still) Has the World’s Largest Carbon Footprint. 15 Camels in Qatar Killed by Toxic Pesticides.

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Qatar’s First Passivhaus on Track for 2013 Completion

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A host of private and government organizations in Qatar have teamed up to build the emirate’s first Passivhaus – one of the world’s most sustainable design certification systems with origins in Germany. While virtually indistinguishable in terms of comfort level and luxury – this is Qatar after all – the Passivhaus should consume half as much energy and water as the standard home and divert 35 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere.

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Qatar axes four of 12 solar-powered World Cup 2022 stadiums

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Qatar plans to spend roughly $200 billion to prepare for the hundreds of thousands of fans who are expected to show up for the 2022 World Cup – a sum that appears to be four stadiums more than the Emirate can afford. In its original FIFA bid, Qatar pledged to build nine new stadiums and refurbish an additional three to ensure adequate space for one of the world’s most popular sporting events. Design 2022 world cup FIFA green design Qatar World Cup solar power Zaha Hadi

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Qatar’s Eco-Fashion Design Winners from World Environment Day

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World Environment Day festivities came to a close on Friday, June 7 in Qatar as participants in the celebration’s green competitions were crowned winners. In Qatar, things are looking up: The celebration has grown more successful over the years in terms of participants from schools, colleges, and the larger community. Fashion & Design eco-fashion green design Qatar world environment day

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Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait and the UAE among world’s top 10 wasters

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But Bahrain is not lonely among its neighbors: Kuwaitis, the report highlighted had biggest “ecological footprint” They consume more resources per person than any other country in the world followed then by Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. It continued: “If all people on the planet had the footprint of the average resident of Qatar, we would need 4.8 Cities Bahrain ecological footprint global warming Kuwait pollution Qatar recycling United Arab Emirates

Message to Qatar From Arab Youth – ‘Take The Lead On Climate Change!’

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Ahead of the upcoming global climate change conference which will be hosted in Qatar later this month , the campaigners also called on Qatar to lead. ” Demonstrators in Gaza call on Qatar to show leadership in tackling climate change. They regional group also called on Arab governments, especially Qatar, to put forward emission reduction pledges to the international community and demonstrate leadership. Over Polluted Qatar Hosts UN Climate Conference.

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Qatar Eco-Summit Spotlights Environmental Safety

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A summit in Qatar aims to mitigate these risks for oil-producing nations. So, the Doha forum, supported by ABB and under the patronage of Dr. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy and Chairman of Qatar Petroleum, will lay out a roadmap for achieving that change. Energy conference Doha environmental disaster environmental protection Gas industrial safety oil Qatar8th annual Health, Safety and Environment Forum in Energy happens in Doha from October 8 -10.

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Qatar (Still) Has the World’s Largest Carbon Footprint

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According to the World Wildlife Fund’s latest report, Qatar still has the world’s largest carbon footprint. It’s been a couple of years since Qatar was awarded the ‘largest carbon footprint in the world ‘ title (relative to the size of its population), but it appears little has changed since then. Al Jazeera. :: Image of Qatar skyline via Peter Cowan/Shutterstock.com. All New Mosques in Qatar Will Be Eco-friendly.

World Cup 2022 in Qatar and the Energy Debate Over Artificial Clouds

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The Qatar World Cup Games don’t start for almost a decade, but officials are still kicking the ball around over the irrational choice of tiny, wealthy, overweight Qatar as host nation for 2022 FIFA World Cup. With summer temperatures in Qatar reaching as high as 50 °C (122 °F ), African and Arab teams might cope, but European athletes would be competing in temperatures double to those they’re accustomed to. For soccer fans (or football in Europe!)

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Comparing Qatar Stadium to a Vagina is “Ridiculous” Says Zaha Hadid

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When I covered the newly released Al-Wakrah stadium design, which Zaha Hadid worked on with AECOM, I was more interested in the way that both firms are helping Qatar achieve their goal to stage a carbon neutral World Cup in 2022. Qatar may be liberalizing their policies, but they would never sanction a building that mimics female genitalia. Design AECOM Al Wakrah Stadium Qatar Vagina Stadium World Cup 2022 stadium designs Zaha Hadid

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Qatar Mall Owner Faces Arrest for Deadly Fire

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The owner of the mall and a handful of officials accused of failing to properly respond to the emergency face arrest, and the owner of the daycare facility where 13 children, including two-year old triplets from New Zealand and three Spanish siblings, faces detention as investigators search for clues that will shed light on the cause of the fire, according to Qatar’s official news agency. image via CC Qatar , Flickr.

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Winners of Recycling Design in Qatar Featured on World Environment Day

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These were some of many designs showcased during Qatar’s “long” celebration of World Environment Day starting in May continuing until after World Environment Day on June 5. . It took place in Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar. The World Environment Day celebration continues in Qatar until the closing ceremony on June 7. Fashion & Design design Fashion Qatar world environment day A belt made of tin. A hat made of cardboard.

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Massive solar panel factory opens in Qatar, long overdue

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Qatar Solar Energy has unveiled a massive factory that will produce high quality solar panels that make the most of the desert sun, a boon not just for the emirate, but potentially for the entire Middle East. Related: Qatar has the world’s largest carbon footprint.

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Qatar’s Sahara Forest Project Grows Its First Cucumbers from Saltwater

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A recent pilot project in Qatar aimed at growing cucumbers using seawater and solar power is just one of the more unique endeavors, and hopefully won’t have any Islamic leaders crying foul. ” The first fully operational Sahara Forest Project Pilot Plant is built in Qatar in cooperation with the leading fertilizer companies Yara and Qafco. Cleantech, Science & Technology Food & Health Cucumbers desalination Norway Qatar Sahara Forest Project Seawater solar power

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Qatar’s Oryx Island to Offer Five Floating Hotels for 2022 World Cup

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When football enthusiasts flock to a World Cup venue , they expect more than a tent out in the desert to rest their weary heads, but that’s about all Qatar has to offer right now. ” Despite the obvious environmental problems associated with artificial islands that neighboring Dubai understands well, Qatar will “mobilize and demobilize” the pedestrian-only island for short term use.

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The Shard: Qatar’s London Land Grab

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But far from being a monument to Britain, the latest tallest building in western Europe is 95% owned by the government of Qatar. In addition to being a vulgar display of Qatar’s wealth, The Shard’s domination of London’s skyline bears an uncanny resemblance to the land grabs in Africa. ” Qatar is doing well to secure its future, but at what cost to the locals? Of course, Qatar is not the first country to assert itself outside of its own borders.

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Qatar’s Solar-Powered Convention Center Cuts COP18 Carbon

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The United Nation’s Conference of the Parties or COP 18 is scheduled to take place in Qatar from November 26 to December 7, which is ironic given that this tiny Gulf nation has one of the worst environmental records per capita in the world. Business & Politics carbon emissions Climate Change COP18 Doha Qatar QNCC UNFCCCEvery year it’s the same thing. Hundreds of delegates from around the world fly somewhere to agree to climate change solutions.

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Soccer Kills, just Ask the Workers Building Qatar’s World Cup.

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Blog (always click 4 all blogs) Conscious Consumerism (Sustainable Business) Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Equal Rights Sustainability (Business, Entrepreneurship, Livelihood) FIFA human rights International Trade Union Confederation mass death modern slavery Qatar squalor world cupThese are unheard-of construction fatality rates—unheard of at least since.1913.

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Qatar’s Polysilicon Manufacturing to Help Supply Kingdom’s Solar Goal

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Qatar to tap the solar potential of the middle east to supply 10 percent of its electricity by 2018. Qatar is the latest of the Middle East/North African (MENA) nations to make bold solar plans to trap a world-record insolation to supply energy for its rapidly growing economy – one that bolted an incredible 20 percent last year. It has just signed a memorandum of understanding to coopoerte with Qatar-based Qatar Solar Technologies (QSTec) to advance solar power in the region.

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Local Architect Questions the Logic of Qatar’s 2022 World Cup Groundwork

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Doha-based architect Romi Sebastian questions the feasibility of Qatar’s urban planning ahead of the 2022 World Cup. Qatar is moving rapidly towards its vision to host the world cup in 2022. As an architect, I often wonder why there is a perception that any element of existing heritage of Qatar— be it cultural or spiritual — is always identified with the past, backwardness and poverty; while the image of “development” or “progress” is always borrowed from elsewhere?

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Jordan bans plastic bags, joining Kuwait, Qatar and the UAE

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Qatar, Kuwait and the UAE ban plastics too. Qatar was the first country in the region to prohibit the use of plastics to serve hot food, and they also introduced a charging scheme for disposable plastic bags. The Jordan Food and Drug Administration (JFDA) announced plans to ban the use of plastic bags starting next year. The ruling also applies to plastic containers that come in direct contact with food products (think take-away and deli counter sales).

Activists at COP18 in Qatar: Islam and the Arab-world Not Eco Enough

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AP is reporting this as world leaders gather in Doha, Qatar for the UN-mediated COP18 climate change talks this week. Qatar is one of the world’s polluting countries, with the largest carbon footprint per capita. Lifestyle & Culture Arabs Climate Change COP18 Doha Islam Lebanon Muslim QatarYoung Arabs in Doha are telling the Arab world it’s time to take a lead on climate change during the first climate change talks to be held in the Middle East.

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Qatar University’s Accredited Environmental Science Program is an Arab World First

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What a great way to start 2013: the Committee of Heads of Environmental Sciences (CHES) and the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) accredited Qatar University’s BSc and MSc Environmental Sciences programs. The accreditation was made official at a ceremony at Qatar’s national university last week. Qatar University’s programs at both Bachelor and Master’s level are well-resourced and taught by expert staff.

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Qatar Airways Praised for its Natural Gas/Biofuel Push to the Skies

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If Qatar’s “Pearl project” can develop the natural gas industry for planes, it could translate into reducing overall costs for US carriers. Qatar Airways ambitious new plan to erect a $19 billion Pearl project that will be the largest gas-to-liquids plant in the world, is receiving massive praise and optimism over its future success. Qatar has the largest per capita carbon footprint in the world. . Cheaper flights for all?

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Oil-Rich Qatar Takes Eco Expertise to Philadelphia’s Famous Greenbuild

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The Qatar Foundation is distinguishing itself as a leader at Greenbuild, the world’s largest gathering of green building pioneers in Philadelphia, where Hilary Clinton will deliver the 2013 keynote address tomorrow. The Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development chaired by Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned has been instrumental in alleviating Qatar’s dependence on carbon by developing its knowledge economy.

Epic Sahara Forest Project Unveils Plans For a Pilot Plant in Qatar

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Two fertilizer companies are funding R&D of cutting edge agricultural and energy innovations at a new pilot plant in Qatar. Jordan was the first country to come on board , and yesterday, SFP announced a new collaboration with Yara International and QAFCO that will result in a one hectare pilot plant in Doha, Qatar. Al-Sowaidi of QAFCO and CEO Jørgen Ole Haslestad of Yara International to take the project one step further – in Qatar.

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5 Steps to a Carbon Neutral World Cup in Qatar

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Qatar has promised a carbon neutral 2022 World Cup , but we know from the Masdar City experiment how hard that is to achieve. Shaped like a dhow out of deference to Qatar’s long fishing history, the Al-Wakrah stadium will incorporate shading, along with aerodynamic and mechanical cooling components to ensure that the spectator stands and the grass pitch never rise above 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit.).

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Zaha Hadid Adds Star Power to Qatar World Cup

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Qatar’s controversial 2022 World Cup planning got a burst of star power when renowned Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, who was one of Time Magazine’s top 100 most influential people in 2010 , was appointed to join AECOM to design the Al Wakrah Stadium. . The modular 45,000 seat stadium will incorporate Islamic architectural elements to match one of the oldest inhabited settlements in Qatar – just south of Doha.

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Qatar’s Msheireb Regeneration Project is Targeting 76 Acres of LEED Certified Buildings

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More on Qatar Architecture: Qatar’s Temporary Rio+20 Pavilion is Shaped Like a Soaring Falcon. SLIDESHOW: Entries for Qatar’s 2022 World Cup Stadiums. Local Architect Questions the Logic of Qatar’s 2022 World Cup Groundwork. Architecture & Urban architecture Doha green design LEED Msheireb Qatar sustainable design

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Qatar Foundation Site to Go Car-Free With Siemens Trams

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The Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development chose the corporate giant to provide a transportation system that will eventually make their Doha campus car-free. Siemens will supply the Qatar Foundation with 19 double-articulated trams that each have a carrying capacity of 239 passengers. More News from Qatar: The Shard: Qatar’s London Land Grab. Qatar Accused of Stealing Barcelona’s Street Lighting Design.

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Qatar Airways Hopes Natural Gas Will Battle Climate Change, Lower Prices

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Qatar Airways’ natural gas push could help combat climate change, reduce costs for passengers. Photo: Qatar Airways. With massive natural gas reserves, it is a wonder that Qatar has not pushed natural gas for the aviation industry. A top American airline executive told Green Prophet that the North American carriers are optimistic that if Qatar can develop the natural gas industry for planes, it could translate into reducing overall costs for US carriers.

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Can Qatar Balance its Oil Interests and Host a Successful Climate Summit?

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I speak to Qatar-based environmental researcher Mari Luomi about the balancing act Qatar has to perform at the upcoming climate summit. This love and interest in nature later developed into a fully-fledged career and she is now a Post-Doctoral Fellow looking at the environmental issues facing Gulf nations at the Center for International and Regional Studies of Georgetown University in Qatar. So in Qatar’s footprint, we only have the impact of what is actually consumed here.

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FIFA official publicly rules out a Qatar summer World Cup

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Three years ago, Qatar won the right to be the first Middle Eastern country to host a World Cup in 2022 ; after much speculation, FIFA’s Secretary General Jerome Valcke publicly ruled out the possibility that the competition will take place in summer. Previously, the Secretary General recently he said he would defer to medical specialists to determine whether it is safe to hold the games in Qatar in summer, when temperatures average between 95 and 113 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Qatar: First Saltwater Barley Crop Sprouts in the Desert

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Since the pilot project broke ground in Qatar last December, three cucumber crops have been harvested, and now the group has harvested their first barley crop. Speaking at a Sustainable Qatar Meeting at the Friends of Environment Center, cultivation coordinator Patrick Brading stressed that their seawater greenhouses, scaled up, could go a long way to ease food insecurity and provide employment opportunities.

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Al Farjan sports clubs for a greener, fitter Qatar

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Having secured 2022, the Qatar Olympic Committee has now commissioned Grimshaw Architects to install green recreational facilities throughout the emirate. A friend of mine in Qatar just sent me a photograph of their car thermometer – it’s currently 50 degrees Celsius outside. Qatar’s new Al Farjan recreational facilities come in a kit of sorts that can be scaled up or down – depending on where they will be placed.

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There’s a Burj Qatar by Jean Nouvel and it’s the World’s ‘Best’ Tall Building

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Chicago’s Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat recently named the Burj Qatar the world’s best new tall building, which is curious to us for several reasons. There’s a lot of feet between them, so Burj Qatar, a.k.a Qatar’s Burj also has a really interesting facade comprised of layers of what look like mashrabiya screens that regulate the tower’s interior temperature.

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