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.

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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.

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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.

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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. Travel arabian gulf Qatar wildlife conservation

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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.

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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.

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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. Qatar Accused of Bribing Their Way to the 2022 World Cup.

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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.

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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.

Qatar to Invest Up to $20 Billion in Solar

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Like Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia, Qatar uses up a lot of its own fossil fuels – either to power energy-intensive desalination plants or complicated subsidies. Albeit still controversial, Qatar has demonstrated its capacity and willingness to take a greener turn.

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.

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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. But how – pray tell – does the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee imagine that they will achieve a carbon neutral sporting event?

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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 has the largest per capita carbon footprint in the world. . Cheaper flights for all?

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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.

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. Every year it’s the same thing.

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Qatar’s QSAS Turns Other Rating Systems Green

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Easy there, Estidama: Qatar’s developing a new building standard and it’s called QSAS. Qatar’s revamped its QSAS green building rating system. That forum incited the name change from Qatar SAS to Gulf SAS. In 2010, Qatar was selected to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

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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.

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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.

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Qatar Emir Selects Arched Design ‘Vaulted Spaces’ for Doha Metro

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As Qatar prepares for the 2022 World Cup amid bribery allegations and gross human rights violations , the world is watching every move. Qatar’s ascension to the world stage is both strategic and flawed.

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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. 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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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.

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Aprés COP 18: Will Qatar Rebound with Solar?

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With free water and electricity, and the world’s largest carbon footprint, is Qatar’s new stance on solar a bona fide shift towards fossil fuel alternatives or are they simply catching the latest fashion? Energy usage is sky-high in tiny Qatar.

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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.

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. More News from Qatar: The Shard: Qatar’s London Land Grab.

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.

INTERVIEW: Green Buildings and the Next Climate Summit In Qatar

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I speak to green campaigner Safa Al Jayoussi about nuclear power, green buildings and the role the region needs to play at the next climate summit in Qatar.

Burj Doha and Qatar’s First Vertical Garden (Photos)

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Cousin to the world’s tallest building , the rounded silhouette of Burj Doha soars over the capital of Qatar’s skyline. Also unique to this tower and indeed to all of Qatar for now is a vertical garden that contributes to an improved microclimate.

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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. .

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.

15 Racing Camels in Qatar Killed by Toxic Pesticide

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More than two dozen racing camels in Qatar died after their breeder administered a toxic pesticide to their skin. image via Qatar Embassy. Camels are prized by their owners. Did the Qatari breeder kill 15 of his own through negligence, or is the vet to blame?

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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.

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3,500 Sqm Qatar National Convention Center in New Pics

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The 3,500 square meter Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC) sees more time under the spotlight as Portuguese photographer Nelson Garrido’s new photographs of Arata Isozaki’s striking design surface.

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.

Eco-Hybrid Car From Qatar Unveiled During Climate Talks

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That Qatar is the world’s biggest per capita consumer of fossil fuels has been a source of valid criticism, but GORD, the non-profit governmental research subsidiary of Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company, is helping to clean up the country’s act.

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. Al Jazeera. :: Image of Qatar skyline via Peter Cowan/Shutterstock.com. All New Mosques in Qatar Will Be Eco-friendly.

Qatar’s Al Jazeera America Puts US Climate Coverage to Shame

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Recently launched by Qatar’s Al Jazeera Media Network , Al Jazeera America has already made a splash for its no-nonsense climate change coverage – something local media stations have been too timid to tackle.

Culture Minister’s Daughter Arrested in Connection with Qatar’s Fire

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Qatar’s Culture Minister’s daughter is among five people who have been arrested in connection with the fire that swept through Doha’s elite Villaggio Mall on Monday. More on the Fire in Doha, Qatar: Qatar Fire: Expatriates Furious Over Officials’ Lackadaisacal Attitude.

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. With an incredible daily supply of 16 hours of solar insolation, Qatar has the chance to build a solar-based electricity supply which is far more efficient than any other part of the world.

World’s Largest Solar-Powered Boat Pays Visit to Qatar

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It is currently docked in Qatar as part of a round-the-world tour. With a capacity of 40 people, this incredible boat arrived in Qatar just before Christmas, and will remain there for as long as 3 weeks.

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. Will it hobble along on a skeleton crew of signatories or will be be reborn in Qatar as the inclusive greenhouse gas reduction agreement first envisioned in Kyoto 15 years ago?