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November 5, 2012 11:15 a.m.

Conference to explore groundwater, climate change in Middle East ยป

David Feldman
UCI's Olive Tree Initiative, Center for Unconventional Security Affairs, Center for Citizen Peacebuilding, and Environment Institute, along with the University of California Center for Hydrologic Modeling, are hosting a three-day conference on the impact of climate change on freshwater in the Middle East. Scheduled for Nov. 9 to 11, "Groundwater & Climate Change in the Middle East: Next Threat or Opportunity for Cooperation" will bring experts together to analyze the hydrologic challenges in the region; explore avenues for peace building; and tackle Israeli and Palestinian/Arab water issues. David Feldman (pictured), professor and chair of planning, policy & design at UCI, will moderate a public lecture Saturday, Nov. 10, from 7 to 10 p.m. on "Best Practices of Environmental Cooperation in the Middle East," with speakers from Israel's Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, EcoPeace/Friends of the Earth Middle East and the Abraham Fund Initiatives. There will also be a free screening Saturday of "Last Call at the Oasis," which features activist Erin Brockovich and Jay Famiglietti, UCI professor of Earth system science and civil & environmental engineering. The film starts at 5 p.m. in the Arnold & Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences & Engineering, and a Q-and-A session with experts will follow.

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