At present, the Middle East and North African region contains 7% of the world's population but only has access to 1.5% of its renewable freshwater supply through rainfall.
Italy, Portugal and Spain have all gone up in flames in recent weeks, highlighting the need to rethink how Mediterranean countries protect people and save ecosystems.
The World Bank has changed direction. It won't be giving up on public funding, but it will increasingly be trying to attract private investors to developing countries.
Protests in Tunisia and Morocco show underlying causes of the Arab uprisings remain intact.
Tunisia's economy has been struggling since the country’s 2011 revolution. Corruption and bad governance within the banking sector is not helping.
Africa has one of the world's richest fossil records, and evidence suggests that amateurs collected really important fossils long before professionals arrived on the scene.
Trying to reintegrate foreign fighters who return home shouldn't be considered the soft option. Governments in countries like Morocco and Tunisia need to respond realistically to a complex problem.
Sea cows (Sirenia) descended from four legged mammals that roamed Africa when this continent was isolated. They belong to the Afrotheria, the 'African beasts'.
Thanks to foreign backing, social impact start-ups led by young entrepreneurs are flourishing in North Africa.
Where we choose to go on trips abroad is easily skewed by the nature of news reports, and that can have huge impacts on destinations.
Islamic writers are having the same conversations today as they were in the early 20th century.
There are a number of stumbling blocks to intra African collaboration. These must be addressed to ensure that research is not duplicated and that findings are shared.
In the wake of the Arab Spring the international community lauded Tunisia's political transition to democracy. But a plethora of challenges may threaten democratic consolidation in the country.
As usage continues to grow in the region, what's the ongoing dynamic between the Middle East and social media? It's complicated.
It was the poor state of local government that kicked off Tunisia's revolution – and now the country is fixing itself where it counts.
The world is generally not safe for women. But some projects in North Africa provide a glimpse of hope as the world marks the UN's International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
Arguably the Arab spring's one true success story, Tunisia is getting the recognition it deserves.
By forging to dialogue to achieve consensus, Tunisia's Quartet are worthy winners.
If the continent is to grasp the science and technology revolution, then governments should take the lead in both policy formulation and implementation.
It can't compete with the US, but the UK became part of mega-memorial culture after the London bombings.