A new study published by Stanford University predicts a gloomy climate future for the Middle East that will become hotter and dryer with acute water shortages, conflict and drop in agricultural productivity. But according to Prof. Dan Rabinowitz, author of the study, the global warming presented an opportunity for the region to phase out reliance on oil for solar energy. Dan Rabinowitz, a sociologist and climate researcher at Tel Aviv University, spoke with reporter Arieh O’Sullivan about his book The Power of Deserts: Climate Change, the Middle East and the Promise of a Post-oil Era.