Peter
Schwartzstein

Brit-Yank journalist & environment consultant.
Fellow @ Center for Climate & Security, Reporting @NatGeo, @NYT, @Newsweek, @bbc etc

@pschwartzstein

Latest Stories

New York Times 

Jan 11, 2020

The Merchants of Thirst

In Nepal and many other countries, private tanker operators profit from growing water scarcity.

The Atlantic 

Dec 14, 2019

History’s Greatest Sea Is Dying

The failure of countries bordering the eastern Mediterranean helps explain the difficulty of carrying out successful climate-change negotiations.

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?

Latest from the Blog

Feb 6, 2020

As the Risk of a ‘Water War’ Fades, Is It Too Late to Save the Nile?

​Article first featured on World Politics Review At first glance, the Nile valley at Wad Ramli, an hour’s drive north of Khartoum, looks as lush and fertile as ever. Date palms sag, heavy with fruit along the banks. Neat rows of barley await harvesting in the heat. With thousands...
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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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