Peter
Schwartzstein

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

@pschwartzstein

About

Hello!

I’m a British-American journalist, environmental consultant, and think-tanker based in Athens, but am usually on the road elsewhere in the Eastern Med, Middle East or North and East Africa. I was based in Cairo for 5 1/2 years until recently.

I write about regional environment and geo-political issues, with a focus on water, the conflict-climate nexus, and food security. Though in an effort to cling to my sanity, I also contribute semi-regular history and science stories to Smithsonian Magazine.

My work regularly appears in National Geographic, Foreign Policy, Newsweek, and the BBC. I’ve also published a number of articles in The Atlantic, the New York Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, WIRED, The Guardian, Foreign Affairs, Politico, Le Monde Diplomatique, NPR, Outside, Quartz, and The Daily Beast, among other outlets.

Over the past eight years, I’ve reported from over 20 countries, mostly in the Middle East and North and East Africa, but also further afield. I’ve been fortunate enough to receive grants from a number of organizations, including the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, the Rory Peck Trust, the Society for Environmental Journalists (SEJ), and the Earth Journalism Network. I’m HEFAT-trained and RISC-certified. I won first place in SEJ’s 2016 Awards for Reporting on the Environment in the Beat Large Market, and have been shortlisted for a number of others. I was selected as a TED fellow in 2020.

Since 2017, I’ve been consulting for the UN Environment Programme, writing mini-reports for them on some of the Middle East and Africa’s most pressing environmental emergencies, while also researching and contributing reports as an independent consultant for the likes of Amnesty International, UNICEF, the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), The Century Foundation, and Small Arms Survey, among others.

Most recently, in 2018, I joined the Center for Climate & Security, a non-partisan DC-based think tank, as a non-resident research fellow. There, I’ll be contributing to the center’s coverage of how climate change and other environment problems are fueling conflict and terrorism across the globe.

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