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Climate Extreme — Outdoor Air Conditioning Keeps Qatar Cool

Climate Extreme — Outdoor Air Conditioning Keeps Qatar Cool

Qatar is one of the hottest places on Earth and its temperature increases are accelerrating.  As a result, The Washington Post explains how Qatar does the unthinkable — air conditions its public outdoor spaces, fueling the “vicious cycle” of burning fossil fuels that lead to greater warming.

Why This Matters:  If the global average temperature rise exceeds 2 degrees Celsius, then Qatar’s average temperature will increase between 4 and 6 degrees, which would make work nearly impossible and the city could be uninhabitable.  Qatar may be able to cool certain areas for now, but it cannot cool the entire country indefinitely.

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Heat Wave Grips Europe – Again – High Temp Records Smashed

Heat Wave Grips Europe – Again – High Temp Records Smashed

It was nearly 109 degrees Fahrenheit in Paris yesterday according to Accuweather, breaking the previous all-time high-temperature record by more than 3 degrees.  The story was the same in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany, which all broke all-time records on Wednesday only to break them again on Thursday. 

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The U.S. Waives Sanctions for Iranian Gas Sales to Iraq During Heat Wave

The U.S. Waives Sanctions for Iranian Gas Sales to Iraq During Heat Wave

This summer has been unusually hot for Iraq, and a June heatwave is impacting the Trump Administration’s policy to sanction Iranian exports of gas — they had to waive the sanctions they recently re-imposed in order to ensure that Iraq could get the extra fuel they need to power air conditioning systems.

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