• Outdoor Air Conditioning Cools the World Cup–But Is It Sustainable?
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    Outdoor Air Conditioning Cools the World Cup–But Is It Sustainable?

    In 2009, when Qatar placed its bid to host the men’s World Cup, many wondered how a country so hot—summer temperatures can exceed 110 degrees Fahrenheit—could host a soccer tournament. To quell those concerns, Qatar built air-conditioned outdoor stadiums. This move could inspire other sporting venues to use such technology to protect the health of athletes and fans. But this is a flawed solution that is not environmentally sustainable, experts say, despite efforts to power AC systems with green energy sources. The idea of putting energy-guzzling air-conditioning into open-air, roofless stadiums has added to Qatar’s long list of controversies (ranging from alleged bribery to reported human rights abuses). The host…

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