Peter
Schwartzstein

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

@pschwartzstein

Latest Stories

UN Environment 

Jul 11, 2018

Salvaging Iraq’s remaining wilderness

Almost from the moment he could walk, Muhammad Siddik Barzani has delighted in his native Barzan region’s rich flora and fauna. From the herds of curly-horned wild goats, some 5,000 of whom wander the steep rocky flanks around his house,...

UN Environment 

Jun 14, 2018

Battling pollution in history’s most fabled sea

Were Jason and the Argonauts to set sail now, they would scarcely recognize their original route. The shorelines, once covered in trees, have been largely stripped of greenery, while many of the fine sandy beaches are now lined with high-rise...

Center for Climate & Security 

Jun 7, 2018

Pirates and Climate Change

A Dispatch From the Bangladeshi Sundarbans

Smithsonian 

May 29, 2018

How Saddam and ISIS Killed Iraqi Science

Within decades the country’s scientific infrastructure went from world-class to shambles. What happened? Read more: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-saddam-and-isis-killed-iraqi-science-180969097/#sBTwkLWJqFjGDmEi.99 Give the gift of Smiths

National Geographic 

Mar 19, 2018

The Explosive Battle to Build an Iraqi National Park

Amid land mines, militants, and air strikes, conservationists are trying to carve out a protected area in the war-torn country. Can they succeed?

UN Environment 

Feb 25, 2018

How dangerously dirty water is threatening one of the world's ancient religions

On an unseasonably warm winter afternoon in Baghdad, Sheikh Anmar Ayid hitches up his robe and crouches by the Tigris river. Rocking back and forth on his haunches, he flicks the water from side to side – all the while chanting...

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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