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?

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.

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.