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 

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.

The National 

Jan 16, 2019

The slow crawl towards water disaster

From drought to dam dramas, the Middle East continued its grim water trajectory in 2018

UN Environment 

Dec 19, 2018

Cleaning up after ISIS: how Iraq’s new chemicals team is trying to undo years of conflict pollution

At the precise moment when ISIS fighters were prepping for their retreat from the Iraqi city of Ramadi in February 2016, Hassan Mohammed lay in bed struggling to breathe.

For nine months, through…

Amnesty International 

Dec 13, 2018

IRAQ: DEAD LAND: ISLAMIC STATE'S DELIBERATE DESTRUCTION OF IRAQ'S FARMLAND

One year after Iraq declared military victory over the armed group calling itself Islamic State (IS) our report finds that IS’s deliberate destruction of Iraq’s rural environment continues to have…

National Geographic 

Nov 21, 2018

Pirates are killing Bengal tigers

In the mangroves of Bangladesh, pirates are usurping tigers in one of their last refuges.

Center for Climate & Security 

Oct 1, 2018

How a Metastasizing Food Crisis Threatens Sudan’s Stability: A Dispatch from Khartoum

At 10am on a midweek summer morning, the village of Hasa in Sudan’s River Nile state feels all but abandoned. Stray dogs idle in the shade; vultures peck at what remains of a cow carcass. Only in…

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…

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…

Center for Climate & Security 

Jun 7, 2018

Pirates and Climate Change

A Dispatch From the Bangladeshi Sundarbans