Almedalen 2023: What are the climate challenges in the Middle East?
“Extreme heat can make the Middle East uninhabitable in 80 years”, “Climate change caused the Syrian war”, “the Middle East ran out of water in the 1970s”. These claims are often heard when discussing climate and water in the Middle East. But what are the main challenges for the region and what can we learn?
The latest climate report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicts that the Middle East can expect an increase in extreme weather, with more dry spells and increased risk of extreme rainfall events, leading to severe floods. The water situation in most Middle Eastern countries is already extremely strained and climate change will put further strains on agricultural production in the region, eroding livelihoods and impacting food security. Heat is also a health issue in this region where many areas exceed dangerous temperatures during the summer.
This panel will discuss the challenges and likely risk factors that the region is facing as a result of climate change, including extreme heat, drought, climate migration and armed conflict. The seminar is organized by the Centre for Advanced Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) at Lund University within the strategic research area The Middle East in the Contemporary World (MECW).
Participants in the panel:
- Lina Eklund, researcher and lecturer at CMES and the Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, Lund University
- Pinar Dinc, researcher and lecturer at CMES and the Department of Political Science, Lund University
- Sara Brogaard, researcher and lecturer at CMES and Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies, Lund University
- Stefan Döring, researcher at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University
- Karin Aggestam, Director of CMES and professor in Political Science, Lund University
The event is part of Lund University's program in Almedalen