Peter
Schwartzstein

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

@pschwartzstein

Latest Stories

BBC 

Feb 26, 2021

The return of a once-dying lake

Lake Urmia in Iran was once the world's second largest salt lake, but in a matter of years it shrank to almost nothing. Now, the lake is slowly coming back to life.

Center for Climate & Security 

Feb 26, 2021

Why Water Conflict is Rising, Especially on the Local Level

​That future wars will be fought over water, rather than oil, has become something of a truism, particularly with regard to the Middle East. It’s also one that most water experts have refuted time and time and time again....

Politico 

Feb 8, 2021

Mediterranean fishermen face perfect storm as tensions and temperatures rise

Climate change and geopolitical troubles make fishing an ever more difficult business.

New Security Beat 

Jan 12, 2021

How We Misunderstand the Magnitude of Climate Risks – and Why That Contributes to Controversy

The Syrian civil war has raged for almost a decade now, and in the climate security community it can feel as if we’ve spent at least that long arguing about its causes. For every claim about the impact of...

The Century Foundation 

Dec 15, 2020

Bringing the Natural World into America’s Middle East Policy: Averting a Crisis Foretold

​Today, the Middle East faces a severe security concern that is crystalizing in plain view: the human impact of a rapidly changing natural world. The region, home to some of the world’s most parched lands and much of its...

National Geographic 

Nov 12, 2020

How Iran is destroying its once thriving environmental movement

Iran once boasted one of the greenest governments. But persecution, paranoia, and war have sunk the Middle East’s most vital conservation programs.

Latest from the Blog

Apr 5, 2020

The Perfect Storm: Coronavirus and Climate Change in the Middle East

The pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus has upended our lives, making a mockery of our illusions of permanence and stability. Economies that only last month appeared solid are teetering. Healthcare systems that were supposed to be resilient are proving anything but. For many of us in the environmental field,...
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Feb 6, 2020

As the Risk of a ‘Water War’ Fades, Is It Too Late to Save the Nile?

Article first featured on World Politics Review At first glance, the Nile valley at Wad Ramli, an hour’s drive north of Khartoum, looks as lush and fertile as ever. Date palms sag, heavy with fruit along the banks. Neat rows of barley await harvesting in the heat. With thousands...
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