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Artificial clouds & solar shades: the sensible answer 25, March 2011

Posted by thegulfblog.com in Qatar.
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As you know the World Cup in 2022 will be held in Qatar. More specifically, it will be held in the summer in Qatar. One need not be a meteorologist or a veteran of the Gulf to know that this is not the world’s most sensible idea (as FIFA’s own technical report noted).

Still, c’est la vie and all that.

To counter the gross heat two super ideas have surfaced in the past few days: Artificial clouds and a floating solar powered shade. Great ideas. What can possibly go wrong?

But even were I to  – grudgingly – cover up my eternal cynicism for a moment or two, it must be pointed out that these ideas are really rather exceedingly far from remotely solving the problems. Crucially, the oppressive humidity will still be around (if not made worse by extra cloud cover). Back to the drawing board, fellas.

Hat tip: Oli Kay & Doha News

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1. xoussef - 25, March 2011

I’ve never been to Doha, but it seems to me it’s all concrete, bitumen, lawns and palms, but few trees, I’m I right? Massive planting of trees could help a little…

thegulfblog.com - 25, March 2011

Umm…sort of. It’s not as barren of green stuff as you may think. Though from what I’ve heard it’s no where near as green as Abu Dhabi, for example. What green stuff there is makes you cringe in terms of water consumption but c’est la vie.


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