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  • What is your home’s energy performance?

    What is your home’s energy performance?

    A roaring fire on your flat screen this year may put paid to all those video clips on collapsing ice sheets. The carbon footprint of a digital fireplace remains something of a mystery but there are definite ways of calculating how friendly your...

  • Prototype floating PV panels being tested

    Prototype floating PV panels being tested

    An open sea floating solar panels project by the University of Malta is aiming to put Malta at the forefront of research in this area. In Malta, the scarcity of land makes it difficult to find adequate parcels of land to build large solar farms.

  • Biology research projects presented at symposium

    Biology research projects presented at symposium

    Courses in biology and biological research are crucial, given the need for suitably qualified professionals to work in the environmental sector, according to Environment Minister Leo Brincat. He was speaking at the opening of the 2014 Biology...

  • The devil’s coach-horse

    The devil’s coach-horse

    The devil’s coach-horse is an unusual-looking beetle as, unlike most other beetles, its wings do not completely cover its abdomen. It is a relatively large beetle common throughout most of Europe, including Malta, but not often seen as it spends...

  • How cows talk to their young

    How cows talk to their young

    Cows and their calves communicate using calls that are individualised in a similar way to human names, scientists have discovered. Researchers found it was possible to identify particular cows and calves from the exclusive sounds they made. The...

  • A fait accompli at Santa Luċija

    A fait accompli at Santa Luċija

    The ‘public consultation’ exercise conducted earlier this week in connection with the proposed elderly people’s residential home in an outside development zone (ODZ) area in Santa Luċija allows one to draw some interesting conclusions, as normally...

  • A waste free event

    A waste free event

    Nature Trust Malta held the annual Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) seminar and awards ceremony at Gozo College Sannat Primary and Special Unit. Two schools – Sannat Primary and St Francis Victoria – were awarded their first Green Flag...

  • HSBC Malta’s Water Programme songs set for international debut

    HSBC Malta’s Water Programme songs set for international debut

    Embodying the message of con­servation, HSBC Malta Water Programme has launched two special songs that are set to make an international debut wherever HSBC Group’s Water Programme is active in global communities. Entitled Water Life and Catch the...

  • Call for papers for energy conference

    It is not surprising that the quest for energy, clean water and decent housing could lead to power struggles and conflicts, because these elements are the most essential measures of wealth, well-being and development. Without these three elements,...

  • ‘Magic mushroom’ in Queen’s garden

    ‘Magic mushroom’ in Queen’s garden

    A species of magic mushroom has been discovered growing in the grounds of Buckingham Palace. The Amanita muscaria, commonly known as fly agaric or fly mushroom, was found during a walkabout of the private gardens for a television show to be...

  • World’s oceans full of plastic

    World’s oceans full of plastic

    More than five trillion pieces of plastic weighing as much as two large cruise liners are floating in the world’s oceans, a study has shown. The total weight of all the plastic pollution in the seas is estimated to be almost 269,000 tons. An...

  • The oriental hornet

    The oriental hornet

    The oriental hornet is an indigenous wasp that can be found in southern Europe and North Africa, the Middle East and further east as far as India and Nepal. It has also been introduced into other countries such as Mexico, Madagascar and parts of...

  • Get ready for more extreme heatwaves

    Get ready for more extreme heatwaves

    The chances of extremely hot summers in parts of Europe have risen tenfold this century because of man-made global warming, a study by British scientists said. Average summers in an area covering Central and Mediterranean Europe have warmed...

  • Global warming threat cut slightly but is still severe

    Projected global warming this century has slowed but is still at a severe rate after promises by China, the US and the EU to limit greenhouse gas emissions, a scientific study showed. The Climate Action Tracker, produced by an independent group of...

  • Pupils learn ways to reduce waste

    Pupils learn ways to reduce waste

    Pupils at St Francis School, Victoria, learnt various ways to recycle and reduce waste, especially food waste, during activities organised by the school as part of the European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR). The children visited a supermarket to...

  • Quake Watch

    Quake Watch

    In November, 71 earthquakes having magnitude 3.5 or more occurred in the Mediterranean. The strongest earthquake globally registered magnitude 7.1 and took place on November 15 beneath northern Indonesia’s Molucca Sea. It was followed by numerous...

  • Land reclamation: Potemkin islands?

    Land reclamation: Potemkin islands?

    Scarcity of land, high population density and mountains of stone waste in Malta are some of the proclaimed driving factors behind a debatable notion to build more dwellings on untouched areas presently covered by sea. Land reclamation, the process...

  • Chimps have no human rights

    Chimps have no human rights

    In the first case of its kind, a New York appeals court rejected an animal rights advocate’s bid to extend ‘legal personhood’ to chimpanzees, saying the primates are incapable of bearing the responsibilities that come with having legal rights. A...

  • Plant pollination

    Plant pollination

    A carob tree is either male or female. When it flowers, the male tree needs an insect to transfer the pollen to the flowers of a female tree. Nothing unusual in this because the majority of flowering plants make use of insects to ensure that...

  • Invasion of the species

    Invasion of the species

    Some surprising traffic passes through the Suez Canal each day. Beneath the decks of the giant cargo ships that flow through the man-made channel, innumerable creatures also cross the waters and settle in the Mediterranean Sea, damaging the local...

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