The Middle East is a global climate hotspot- a Middle East summer is expected to heat up an astounding 40% more than the annual world average. At this rate, without intervention, agriculture will become impossible, and the region could become uninhabitable by the end of the century. Regional cooperation has a critical role in confronting the climate crisis. This programs also shares how the Arava Institute – comprised of Israelis, Palestinians, and Jordanians- not only has the technology to address energy poverty and water scarcity, but also has the peacebuilding tools to bring solutions to the region’s most vulnerable.
This event is sponsored by the Israel Committee.
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Dr. Tareq Abu Hamed of East Jerusalem is the Executive Director of the Institute. Dr. Abu Hamed holds a Bachelor and a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering, a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, and he has completed two terms of postdoctoral research and holds a Master’s in Public Policy from Hebrew University. In 2013, Dr. Abu Hamed served as the Israeli Ministry of Science’s Deputy Chief Scientist, and later the Acting Chief Scientist, the highest ranking Palestinian in the Israeli government at the time.
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