Peter
Schwartzstein

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

@pschwartzstein

Latest Stories

Center for Climate & Security 

Jul 16, 2020

Why the Nile Constitutes a New Kind of Water Dispute – and Why That’s Dangerous

​Ever since workers first broke ground on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) in 2011, international commenters have fixated on the Nile as a possible harbinger of future ‘water wars’ to come. And almost since then, water experts have pushed back...

The Century Foundation 

Jul 7, 2020

The Authoritarian War on Environmental Journalism

​ In recent years, journalists in Egypt have fallen afoul of the state while covering almost every environmental issue imaginable. One reporter was beaten for reporting on toxic waste dumping along the Nile.1 Another was repeatedly harassed by state security for...

Smithsonian 

Jun 29, 2020

How Urban Design Can Make or Break Protests

Cities’ geography can aid, underscore or discourage a protest movement’s success

Scientific American 

May 22, 2020

Coronavirus Pandemic Threatens to Derail Polio Eradication—but There’s a Silver Lining

COVID-19 has stifled the world’s largest immunization program. Yet polio’s vast workforce is also helping in the fight against the new disease

National Geographic 

May 6, 2020

World’s rarest seal finds refuge on notorious prison island

After decades of hunting, Mediterranean monk seals now have a sanctuary on the “Alcatraz of Greece.” But will it be enough to prevent their extinction?

New York Times 

Jan 11, 2020

The Merchants of Thirst

In Nepal and many other countries, private tanker operators profit from growing water scarcity.

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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