Climate change significantly impacts the quality and quantity of water; melting glaciers increase floods; and higher temperatures expand the range of airborne diseases.
Fossil fuel combustion also releases carbon monoxide, methane and nitrous oxide that turns into sulfuric and carbonic acids that turns into acid rain. And while responsibility for climate change rests primarily with developed countries, its costs are born most by the poor, who are disproportionately dependent on farming and fishing.
Tel Aviv University has a long history of respected renewable energy, water research and environmental management programs. It leads all Israeli academic institutions in harnessing its knowledge and skills across the sciences, humanities, medicine, engineering and policy-making to organize and promote research on nature, the causes and impact of climate change and the development of engineering, scientific and governing strategies for coping with it. The University works with local, national and international private and public partners to bridge novel technologies to practical applications that are useful and used.
The Porter School of Environmental Studies is Israel’s only multidisciplinary graduate school dedicated to the research, teaching and dissemination of environmental studies.
The Steinhardt Museum of Natural History at Tel Aviv University, scheduled to open in 2017, will form the centerpiece of the largest and most comprehensive center in Israel for biodiversity research, education and conservation. Operating under the auspices of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, it will serve as an important resource for thousands of Israeli and international visitors and researchers each year. The unique design of the 8,000-square-meter building was inspired by Noah's Ark — a fitting tribute to the natural history collections it will house. The building will include galleries and exhibition halls to display some of the collections' five million specimens.
The TAU yet-to-be-named Center for Renewable Energy is the launching pad for 100+ patents – in energy conversion technologies, lightweight low-cost batteries, solar cogeneration and biofuel technologies. Among the superstars: Emmanuel Peled holds 10 patents for 3D micro batteries and fuel cells, as well as a number of world records in electronic output; Amir Boag uses proprietary carbon-nanoantennas to replace solar panels that increase power from 10% to 85%; and Nathan Nelson is the only person in the world trying to manipulate photosynthesis in a way to make hydrogen a plant’s sole by-product.