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Austin Bodetti


Austin Bodetti is a former contributor to The New Arab, where he wrote about environmental issues

Teetering on edge, Somalians brace for disaster. Faced with famine and increased militant activity, Somalia's multi-faceted crisis has been compounded by a worsening toxic waste problem that is poisoning wildlife and the human population.

17 April, 2023

Yemen's beekeeping industry is 'as old as civilisation itself'. But the ancient tradition is now under threat by the effects of climate change, forcing a hundred thousand enthusiasts into poverty.

11 April, 2023

Sudanese women in rural areas are bearing the brunt of a climate that is only worsening. With rising temperatures compounded by drought, a raft of UN initiatives has stepped in to mitigate these conditions and empower the marginalised demographic.

27 March, 2023

With an economy in crisis, and Kais Saied's regime openly quashing dissent, Tunisia is in the doldrums. But the country's renewable energy resources have gifted its citizens some respite after the successful implementation of solar energy initiatives

21 March, 2023

Brunei is the latest oil-rich state to accelerate its transition toward renewable energy. In doing so the South East Asian sultanate follows the playbook set by the Gulf monarchies in attempting to diversify their energy and fuel assets.

13 February, 2023

Saudi's global network of influence continues to expand eastwards, with the Southeast Asian country Thailand the latest to be courted by Mohammed bin Salman's administration. What are the motives behind this friendship, and what does it reveal?

02 February, 2023

Bahrain has become an unlikely hub for solar panels which could make it a role model for other energy superpowers in the Persian Gulf, showing them not only how to expand its use but also how to diversify their economies away from fossil fuels.

24 January, 2023

With COP27 come and gone, environmentalists have since turned their attention to the legacy of the global summit. In one of the most climate-threatened regions on earth, debt relief has now been posited as a way to help marine conservation in MENA.

19 December, 2022

The olive tree, the eternal symbol of peace and freedom, is under threat. Increased incidents of drought and heat waves across major producing countries have caused a dramatic fall in olive oil production, with solutions needed now more than ever.

21 November, 2022

Heads of state and prominent activists are using their platform at COP27 to demand a "loss and damage" fund to compensate for the disproportionate effects the climate crisis has had on the well-being of their countries.

18 November, 2022