In the summer of 1742, two typhoons swept across Japan in quick succession, bringing torrents of heavy rain and flooding major rivers. Records from a young monk who witnessed the floods describe a...

Jolanta Kryspin-Watson, Jia Wen Hoe |

History repeats, history rhymes and sometimes history regresses. Wandering through cities and fields in the Middle East and North Africa a thousand years ago, you would have been struck by the...

Torgny Holmgren |

View the full infographic here For the past two years, the rains have been poor in Somalia. What comes next is tragically familiar. Dry wells. Dying livestock. Failed harvests. Migration.  Masses...

Claudia W. Sadoff, Dominick Revell de Waal, Edoardo Borgomeo |

Also available in: Russian The “miracle pine, ” a 250-year-old tree that survived the 2011 tsunami in Japan, has been preserved as a memorial to the 19, 000 victims of the disaster. (Photo via...

Ko Takeuchi |

The Middle East and North Africa is home to 6% of the world’s population and less than 2% of the world’s renewable water supply. In fact, it is the world’s driest region with 12 of the world’s...

Ghanimah Al-Otaibi |

If you think the summers in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region are hot—think again. Summers are likely to become much warmer. Global temperatures are rising; the question now is by how...

Maria Sarraf |

Interview Water is a scarce commodity: we should take care of it. In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region there is really very little choice. The region only receives about two percent...

Inger Andersen |