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Austin Bodetti


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

In a water-scarce but oil-rich region, some Arab states are feeling the effects of the climate crisis more than others. Ahead of COP27 in Egypt, Arab states have been bartering with each other over their demands and expectations for the summit.

04 November, 2022

Marine biologists have long marvelled at the resilience of Red Sea coral to withstand rising temperatures. New initiatives have been drafted to utilise their strength as a way to protect aquatic environments across the region and the world.

18 July, 2022

A number of Arab countries were reliant on tourism before the disastrous COVID pandemic hit in January 2020. Two years on, these countries are faced with a catch-22: deter tourism to prevent climate catastrophe or entice tourism to aid growth.

04 July, 2022

With only a few months until Egypt hosts COP27, the country has fast-tracked a number of environmental policies designed to set a precedent for the Arab region. But how much of this recent impetus can be attributed to a genuine will for change?

03 June, 2022

Restrictive curfews and lockdowns across the Middle East increased the popularity of food delivery services, with more now reliant on takeaways for their meals. We speak with restaurant owners and service providers about what this trend means.

01 March, 2022

Given the pressing nature of this year's extraordinary climate disruption, climate organisers have called on world leaders to act decisively at COP26. But how has the Arab world conducted themselves, many of whom benefit from greenhouse emissions?

05 November, 2021

As the Taliban seized more territory in recent years, the militant group's use of social media has evolved from efforts to attract foreign funding and promote its victories overseas to selling itself as a government in waiting for all Afghans.

30 September, 2021

One of Iraq's most enchanting ecological treasures, the Mesopotamian Marshes, is under severe threat from increased environmental degradation, having endured the wrath of Saddam and now the consequences of climate change.

15 September, 2021

A relative lull in the Libyan conflict has meant aquaculture prospectors have travelled to the remote Farwa Island in search of economic opportunity, causing ecological damage and degradation to the once unspoilt area.

14 September, 2021

Several Arab countries in the Persian Gulf are pouring money into a new technology straight from science fiction: cloud seeding. This approach to weather modification aims to increase precipitation, a game-changer for one of the most parched regions.

07 September, 2021