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Behold the Staggering Human Cost of Qatar’s 2022 World Cup Games

The Washington Post explores the toll paid by workers during the past five years of desert construction.

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FIFA is in a ton of hot water over major corruption charges that implicate the organization’s high-ranking officials and executives in money laundering, racketerring, and bribery schemes, among a number of other criminal indictments. This scandal may spell incredible losses for the international soccer association, which will hopefully (and finally) bring light to FIFA’s other less palatable, yet legally ambiguous ventures like its decision to host the 2020 World Cup in Qatar.

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GOOD Design Daily: Qatar's World Cup 2022 Stadiums

A look at how Qatar's proposed stadium designs might handle the heat, and what they might do after the World Cup.

The recent announcement of Qatar as the winning bidder for the 2022 World Cup Games has stirred a bit controversy. It's the first time that a Middle Eastern nation has been selected to host the World Cup and questions of transportation and proper accommodation for athletes and sporting fans alike are still unanswered. Let's not forget that average temperatures during the summer in Qatar hang around 115 degrees Fahrenheit.

But to help settle some of these questions, Qatar has some good news: All of the stadiums will utilize the region's solar energy through solar panels which will help keep temperatures cool. Energy will also be collected from the 12 stadiums when they're not in use, and will be stored for later use. It's all part of Qatar's plan for a carbon-neutral World Cup. Still, questions remain as to how exactly they're going to achieve all of this. Solar energy has never been used on this large a scale.

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The 2022 World Cup Will Not Be Gay Friendly

The president of FIFA is warning gay soccer fans not to do anything too gay at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The president of FIFA is warning gay soccer fans not to do anything too gay at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

[Sepp Blatter] noted that the world's biggest soccer tournament will have to adjust to more than just the sweltering desert heat when it takes its party-like atmosphere to the Middle East in 2022.

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