Can a country that ranks high on the carbon emissions list become a leading center of climate research? Qatar believes so. This year’s host of the COP18 Summit--the first such UN event ever to be held in the Middle East--will link with a German research institute to study the impacts of climate change and how it could affect society, the environment and the global economy.

The Qatar Foundation will team up with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) to launch a Center for Climate Research in Doha. The timing is prescient: on November 26 Doha will be teaming with a minimum of 17,000 delegates working to solve some of the most pressing challenges confronting the planet. Previous meetings in the past ended with few tangible accomplishments--and considering all the skepticism with which Qatar has dealt with its hosting of several high-profile international events, COP18 must leave a lasting legacy in this corner of the Gulf.

A research center focused on studying the effects of climate change would be one answer. Qatar’s wealth is key to attracting talent from all over the world; first for its oil and natural gas industry, and second, to lead the Gulf region towards a post-fossil fuels future. Despite all the naysayers, Qatar may surprise the rest of the world with such forward thinking initiatives such as this one.

Via Gulf Times

Photo of Doha at night courtesy Leon Kaye

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009, his work has appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Areas of interest include the <a Middle East, sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at You can also reach out via Twitter (Leon Kaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). Since 2013, he has spent much of his time in Abu Dhabi, UAE, working with Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.