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Austin Bodetti


Austin Bodetti is a writer specialising in the Arab world. His work has appeared in The Daily Beast, USA Today, Vox, and Wired. Any opinion or analysis expressed in his work is by him alone and is not associated with any other entity with the exception of appropriate source attribution.

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

The Taliban's ascent has significant implications for environmental protection in Afghanistan. The militants cannot afford to ignore the consequences of climate change and need to confront the same cascade of issues that plagued their predecessors.

27 August, 2021

Two paradoxical environmental issues battering Libya include flooding and water scarcity. Solving these problems and preparing the country for climate change will require concerted action from Libya's internal kingmakers and fractious coalitions.

17 August, 2021

In recent weeks, wildfires have ravaged the countryside of North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean, resulting in human and livestock casualties, scorching the earth beyond repair. After the damning IPCC report, what can we do, or is it too late?

13 August, 2021

Entrepreneurial Somalis intent on rebuilding their country are investing in renewable energy to fuel Somalia's power grid through sustainable development, but the ongoing conflict and limited finances create significant challenges for this project.

05 August, 2021