Climate Change Threatens Iranian Crisis

by Austin Bodetti As tensions flare in the Persian Gulf, the news media has wondered whether Iran and the United States’ exchange of escalatory rhetoric and retaliatory measures will spark an international crisis. News agencies have ignored a development with… Continue Reading  

Iran Struggles With Food Security Amid Sanctions

by Austin Bodetti As Iran wrestles with devastating economic sanctions imposed after the United States’ withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the news media has highlighted the impact on Iran’s economy as a whole, noting predictions by the… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Disappearing Forests Pose Environmental Challenge

by Austin Bodetti While Western think tanks have drawn attention to droughts and floods in Iran, the news media has ignored another critical environmental issue there: deforestation. Between 1900 and 2012, Iran’s forest acreage decreased from 19 million acres to… Continue Reading  

Turkish Environmentalists Strive to Change Policy

by Austin Bodetti As Turkey deals with the fallout from its decision to import Russian-made technology for missile defense and navigates the complexities of intervening in the Syrian Civil War, the news media has rarely failed to cover the growing… Continue Reading  

How Water Scarcity Is Destroying Gaza

by Austin Bodetti The persistent humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip rarely fails to make headlines, but the political violence at the heart of the territory’s problems often obscures an evolving environmental issue with just as many implications: water scarcity.… Continue Reading