Past Event

Climate Change, Water & National Security for Jordan, Palestine and Israel

September 24, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Columbia Law School, 435 W. 116 St., New York, NY 10027 Jerome Greene Hall Room 103
The Middle East region is considered a climate hotspot due to its natural water scarcity, social tensions and political conflicts. Over the course of the century, Jordan, Palestine, and Israel are projected to experience an average temperature rise of up to 4°C; a general decrease in precipitation of 25 percent regionally and up to 40 percent locally; a shift in rain seasons from winter and spring to autumn; a higher frequency and intensity of extreme weather events such as droughts, flash floods, and forest fires; as well as a growing rate of desertification. Despite the effects of climate change being already observable in the region, little has been done to develop a regional, integrated roadmap for climate-related national security in the region. EcoPeace Middle East, a nonprofit organization with offices in Amman, Ramallah and Tel Aviv, has held roundtables in each of the three cities, to address these issues, resulting in this report. This forum will discuss the scientific findings and policy recommendations to address this looming ecological crisis and its national security implications. Speakers Gidon Bromberg, Israeli Director, EcoPeace Middle East Nada Majdalani, Palestinian Director, EcoPeace Middle East Yana Abu Taleb, Jordanian Director, EcoPeace Middle East Moderator Michael B. Gerrard, Professor and Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School Event sponsors: Sabin Center for Climate Change Law The Earth Institute EcoPeace Middle East This event is open to the public without charge but registration is required. Register here:

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Sabin Center for Climate Change