Peter
Schwartzstein

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

@pschwartzstein

Latest Stories

National Geographic 

Apr 9, 2019

An invasive, thorny tree is taking over Africa—can it be stopped?

Mesquite was introduced on purpose from the New World, but the dream of a helpful tree soon turned into a nightmare.

Bloomberg Businessweek 

Apr 2, 2019

Sudan’s Bid to Feed the Middle East Left Its Own People Furious

The country could be one of the world’s great breadbaskets. Instead, land disputes and steep food prices have pushed it to the brink.

The Atlantic 

Mar 30, 2019

The Middle East’s Authoritarians Have Come for Conservationists

Environmental activists pushing for clean water, restrictions on poaching, and action on climate change have faced prison—or worse

Atlantic Community 

Mar 5, 2019

The Brewing Storm: Climate Security Risks in a Fast-Warming North Africa

North Africa is by most measures already an exceedingly hostile environment. It has relatively little arable land, next to no rainfall beyond the narrow coastal strip, and extreme temperature highs, which regularly top 45°C. Such is the region’s stark...

Smithsonian 

Feb 13, 2019

The History of Poisoning the Well

From ancient Mesopotamia to modern-day Iraq, the threat to a region’s water supply is the cruelest cut of all

National Geographic 

Jan 25, 2019

Drought turns part of Iran into a new dust bowl

In this corner of the Middle East, a changing climate and debilitating dust storms have brought life to a standstill.

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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