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Environment

  • EU greenhouse gas emissions drop nearly a quarter since 1990 – EAA

    Greenhouse gas emissions across the European Union have fallen by almost a quarter since 1990, official figures show. Emissions fell 4.1 per cent in 2014, the most recent year of data published by the European Environment Agency (EEA). This was...

  • Brexit environmental barometer

    Brexit environmental barometer

    The fate of Britain this week will be decided on many issues but it is the environment that is central to the British quality of life. An environmental impact assessment on Britain’s exit from the European Union was under way well before the...

  • Malta at Jellyfish Bloom Symposium

    Malta at Jellyfish Bloom Symposium

    Alan Deidun from the Univerisity of Malta’s Department of Geosciences and coordinator of the Spot the Jellyfish campaign participated in the fifth edition of the International Jellyfish Bloom Symposium at the Barcelona Aquarium, Spain. He...

  • Maltese students impress at YRE international competition

    Maltese students impress at YRE international competition

    Julia Scerri, from St Monica School, Gżira, and Kurt Micallef from St Margaret College Secondary School, Verdala, both placed second in the international Young Reporters for the Environment photography category, in the 11-14 and 15-18 age groups...

  • Environmental recognition for 47 schools

    Environmental recognition for 47 schools

    Internationally-recognised environmental awards were recently presented to 47 local schools in a ceremony organised by Nature Trust (Malta) and presided over by President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca at the Palace, Valletta. The Ekoskola green flag...

  • Ekoskola session in Parliament

    Ekoskola session in Parliament

    Eighty-four students from 42 schools involved in the Ekoskola programme attended a parliamentary session to propose concrete actions to combat climate change to MPs from both sides of the House. The recommendations included measures to promote...

  • Coral reefs ‘can survive’

    Coral reefs ‘can survive’

    Surprising “bright spots” where coral reefs are flourishing against the odds despite overfishing and environmental pressure have given new hope to conservationists. Experts believe they could shine a light on better ways to protect embattled coral...

  • Give beaches a break in summer

    Give beaches a break in summer

    With each bathing season we get the usual agonising reports of heavy machinery being used on beaches, mainly to clear deposits of dead Posidonia oceanica (a seagrass, not a seaweed) litter or to bury mounds of pebbles lest they interfere with...

  • Five-year research project boosts Malta’s marine protected areas

    Five-year research project boosts Malta’s marine protected areas

    Malta might not be the richest natural place in the world, but when it comes to seabirds, these islands play quite an important role in the global biodiversity scene. Malta is home to large numbers of three seabird species that are declining and...

  • Forest fires and logging threaten India's progress on climate goals

    Forest fires and logging threaten India's progress on climate goals

    Since the end of April, fires in parts of India's northern states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh have destroyed or damaged 26,000 hectares of forests, and killed three people, officials say. The forest fires, touched off by timber smugglers,...

  • How tiny bits of plastic harm fish

    How tiny bits of plastic harm fish

    Scientists have demonstrated for the first time the devastating physiological and behavioural effects on fish exposed to the tiny bits of plastic pollution clogging the world’s oceans. Lab experiments with European perch larvae showed exposure to...

  • Norway becomes first country to pledge zero deforestation

    Norway becomes first country to pledge zero deforestation

    Norway has become the first country in the world to commit to zero deforestation, with MPs introducing rules ensuring procurement supply chains do not contribute to rainforest depletion.  The regulatory changes follow the country's pledge at the...

  • 200 bag of litter collected in Ghar Lapsi cleanup

    200 bag of litter collected in Ghar Lapsi cleanup

    Ghar Lapsi's stunning setting was given a facelift last week thanks to a cleanup organised by a local e-gaming company.  Unibet employees collected over 200 rubbish bags of litter in a five-hour cleanup of the southern bay, collecting anything...

  • Fraud, corruption and glyphosate

    Fraud, corruption and glyphosate

    It was supposed to be a routine thing. Relicensing the use of glyphosate in Member States of the European Union for another 15 years was not expected to meet with too much resistance. As there was no qualified majority in a vote last month, the...

  • Conference on water

    The strain on Malta’s water re­sources is becoming more visible, and it is everyone’s responsibility to take decisions today to help protect these precious resour­ces. This was one of the conclusions of a conference on micro solutions towards more...

  • Measuring building vibrations

    Measuring building vibrations

    Any object that can vibrate freely will do so at a particular frequency that is called its ‘natural frequency’. A building may be thought of as an ‘inverted pendulum’ with its lower end fixed to the ground and the upper end free to...

  • Green roof garden open

    A demonstration green roof garden has been opened at the University of Malta’s Faculty for the Built Environment. It was set up as part of the EU-funded LifeMedGreenRoof project to show architects, designers, students and the public what a green...

  • Quake Watch

    Quake Watch

    Last month, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake rocked the Sandwich Islands, off the coast of Argentina in the South Atlantic. At the location, the South American plate is converging and sliding underneath the Sandwich and Scotia Sea plates at a rate of...

  •  Beautiful caper plant

     Beautiful caper plant

    The caper plant has large creamy white flowers with long, delicate purple stamens. It is an indigenous species and if a competition were to be held for the most beautiful indigenous flower, the caper plant would probably win hands down. It is a...

  • Jose Herrera should put his foot down

    The introduction of a modest €0.50c environmental tax or contribution on each tourist bed night spent in Malta, has ruffled many a feather, mainly due to the way it was introduced. Both parties in Parliament seem to agree on the need for the...

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