Ashghal to take action against contractors over Corniche floods – Doha News

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In August last year, the UN revealed that humans had caused irreversible damage to planet Earth as nations failed to minimize fossil fuel emissions.

Qatar Public Works Authority (Ashghal) is taking action against ‘certain’ contractors for failing to follow rain preparation procedures, Doha State News Agency (QNA) reported Saturday.

“The reason for rainwater harvesting in the Corniche is the incompleteness of the rainwater drainage network and non-compliance with rainmaking procedures by some contractors, consultants and Ashghal, and necessary measures will be taken at towards them,” said the head of Ashghal. Saad Al Muhannadi told QNA.

It came on the heels of surprising heavy rains on Thursday, the worst of which hit Qatar in July in decades. Images that have circulated on social networks show part of the Corniche flooded following the rains.

Al Muhannadi noted that Qatar expects more “exceptional rains in the coming years due to climate change” and that the authority is working to reduce its impacts on the streets. He also said that if there is an accumulation of rain, it is automatically evacuated through a network, which takes time to drain.

“We are proud of the Qatari and foreign executives of Ashghal at all levels. They are responsible and committed to providing services in line with everyone’s aspirations and we are not looking for excuses,” Al Muhannadi added.

Highest rainfall in 60 years

Meanwhile, the director of the Civil Aviation Authority’s meteorology department, Abdullah Mohammed Al Mannai, confirmed to media that Thursday’s rain was the heaviest seen in 60 years during the month of July.

Talk to Al Rayyan TV, Al Mannai confirmed that the last such event was observed in 1962, denying that the reason was linked to climate change. Instead, the Qatari meteorological official said the reason was due to increased humidity and condensation of water vapour.

“Over the past three years there has been a record of rainfall that was not in the same amount or in an exceptional amount…we will see next year a drop in temperature, but these changes are temporary,” Al Mannai said.

Concerns about climate change reignited this summer as Europe faced record high temperatures.

According The Guardiantemperatures recorded in the UK are the highest in 40 years for June and July, with London experiencing its highest temperature on record on July 19 at 40 degrees Celsius.

The heatwave sparked wildfires in parts of the continent, including Spain, France, the UK and Greece.

Last week, Spain said at least 500 people died during a 10-day heat wave.

“It has nothing to do with ideologies, but with a reality, with a climate emergency that the planet is experiencing,” Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said last week.

Code red for humanity

In August last year, the UN revealed that humans had caused irreversible damage to planet Earth as nations failed to minimize fossil fuel emissions.

According to the report – endorsed by 195 governments and based on more than 14,000 studies – global warming will continue to intensify over the next 30 years, with just a small window of opportunity remaining to prevent more drastic consequences from the crisis. climatic.

Since the 19th century, humans have caused global warming of around 1.1 degrees Celsius and global warming is expected to reach around 1.5 degrees Celsius over the next two decades, with further heat waves expected. occur in the future.

The report says heat waves used to occur once every 50 years, whereas now they occur once a decade due to global warming, with droughts becoming more common than ever. Heavy rain is now 1.3 times more likely.

If no action is taken, summer sea ice at the top of the Arctic Ocean is expected to be completely cleared by 2050, with sea levels expected to continue to rise for hundreds or thousands of years, even if global warming is contained to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

However, experts say immediate action to contain carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere by 2050 can limit the damage the planet has already suffered.

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