Peter
Schwartzstein

Brit-Yank journalist & consultant roving around the Middle East.
Fellow @ Center for Climate & Security, Reporting @NatGeo, @Newsweek, @bbc etc

@pschwartzstein

Latest Stories

Scientific American 

Nov 14, 2019

Climate Change May Be Blowing Up Arms Depots

More intense heat waves can destabilize the components of munitions, particularly where explosives are not properly stored

National Geographic 

Oct 14, 2019

Indigenous farming practices failing as climate change disrupts seasons

Farmers around the world rely on millennia-old wisdom to guide their planting. Scrambled weather and seasons are forcing them into uncharted territory.

Center for Climate & Security 

Sep 9, 2019

How Jordan’s Climate and Water Crisis Threatens its Fragile Peace

For years, security service recruitment has masked climate instability in rural Jordan. Now that strategy is breaking down and no one knows what will take its place.

Smithsonian 

Sep 3, 2019

What the Restoration of Iraq’s Oldest University Says About the Nation’s Future

The Mustansiriya has withstood centuries of war, floods and architectural butchery, but can it survive its own restoration?

National Geographic 

Jul 22, 2019

Iraq races to save last of Middle East's forests from burning

Firefighters and police are up against illegal loggers, border guards—and ISIS.

National Geographic 

Jun 17, 2019

This vanishing forest protects the coasts—and lives—of two countries

Rising waters and illicit logging are killing the trees in the Sundarbans, the natural wall that protects the India-Bangladesh coast.

Latest from the Blog

Nov 14, 2016

“You Are Asking About Pollution?”: One Journalist’s Perspective on the Mid East’s Environmental Crisis

It was some point in May last year, shortly after ISIS surged into the city of Ramadi, and I was working on a story about Iraq’s fast-disappearing Mesopotamian Marshes. Keen to fact-check a few statistics with the Ministry of Water Resources and to hear the government line on the...
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Jun 23, 2015

Turkey’s election draws mixed reactions

Published at Le Monde Diplomatique http://mondediplo.com/blogs/turkey-s-election-draws-mixed-reactions Two weeks ago, as the results of the Turkish parliamentary elections filtered through, international TV networks cut to jubilant scenes on the streets of central Istanbul and Diyarbakir. We watched as supporters of the mostly Kurdish HDP triumphantly celebrated clearing...
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