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  • Migratory ducks land in Malta

    Migratory ducks land in Malta

    The ferruginous duck is a scarce migratory bird that is seen offshore especially flying through the Comino channel. Small numbers sometimes visit the Għadira and Simar nature reserves. The ferruginous duck is also known as the white-eyed pochard,...

  • Robotic ‘dolphins’ give clues to Antarctic melt

    Robotic ‘dolphins’ give clues to Antarctic melt

    Dolphin-sized robots are giving clues to a thaw of Antarctica’s ice in a sign of how technology is revolutionising data collection in remote polar regions, scientists said. An international study led by the California Institute of Technology used...

  • Quake Watch

    Quake Watch

    A magnitude 4.1 earthquake struck beneath the Aeolian Islands (Lipari Islands), north of Sicily, on October 9. Another earthquake of a similar magnitude struck off the Gulf of Hammamet, about 50 kilometres southeast of Nabeul, Tunisia, on October 13.

  • Listening to the earth

    Listening to the earth

    The University’s Seismic Monitoring and Research Unit (SMRU) has been conducting various geophysical measurements over the past few years to study the upper 50 metres of the ground beneath numerous locations across the Maltese islands. By studying...

  • Marine biodiversity workshop

    Fifteen international marine science researchers were in Malta for a BioDivMex workshop on Mediterranean marine biodiversity. The participants attended lectures on topics such as phytoplankton and primary productivity, marine habitats around the...

  • Ecology, archaeology and roadworks at Burmarrad

    Ecology, archaeology and roadworks at Burmarrad

    Transport Malta roadworks at Burmarrad are a threat to the flood plain for some very valid reasons other than what may be apparent on the surface. Much of the outcry surrounding the new coast road, part of an ongoing upgrade to Malta’s main artery...

  • Rising CO₂ ‘to boost pollen levels’

    Rising CO₂ ‘to boost pollen levels’

    Hay fever sufferers could reach new heights of misery over the next century as pollen levels soar, research suggests. Scientists predict that higher levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere will lead to a significant boost in the amount of...

  • Climate change stopping pollination

    Climate change stopping pollination

    Climate change could be throwing bees out of sync with plants − meaning males are too distracted by females to carry out pollination. Certain flowers have evolved so that their flowers appear just as bees begin to emerge after winter. Warmer...

  • Beautiful flamingos

    Beautiful flamingos

    Those visiting the Għadira Nature Reserve, which is again open to the public, last weekend had the pleasure of watching two juvenile flamingos feeding and flying around the protected wetland. The two birds were saved by Birdlife in early September.

  • ‘Millions fewer’ birds in Europe than in 1984

    ‘Millions fewer’ birds in Europe than in 1984

    Europe has an estimated 421 million fewer birds today than it did 30 years ago, a study has found. Around 90 per cent of the losses have affected the most common and widespread species, including sparrows, skylarks, grey partridges and...

  • In war on smog, China’s steel mills must adapt to survive

    In war on smog, China’s steel mills must adapt to survive

    Chinese steel mills, among the biggest in the world, are altering their production schedules to offset disruption from forced plant closures aimed at curbing choking air pollution during a summit of world leaders in Beijing this month. The move...

  • The ‘joys’ of trapping

    The ‘joys’ of trapping

    When Parliamentary Secretary for Animal Rights Roderick Galdes, who loses no opportunity to lash out at Birdlife for ‘exaggerating’ their claims about abuses by hunters and trappers, boldly asserted that he had ‘found a crack’ in existing EU law...

  • A look at our star – the sun

    A look at our star – the sun

    The hot months of summer have now given way to cooler temperatures as the end of the year approaches. The sun, however, seems to have no intention of slowing down its activity as in October it produced the largest group of sunspots for the past...

  • Partial solar eclipse

    Partial solar eclipse

    A reflected image of the sun is seen on a white board as children look up to view the beginning a partial solar eclipse outside the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego, California, the US.

  • Grey wolf seen roaming in Grand Canyon

    Grey wolf seen roaming in Grand Canyon

    A grey wolf was recently photographed on the north rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona in what would be the first wolf sighting in the national park since the last one was killed there in the 1940s, conservation groups said. The US Fish and...

  • Newts at risk as infection spreads

    Newts at risk as infection spreads

    A craze for exotic pet newts has spread a deadly infection from Asia to Europe that could threaten to wipe out native amphibian species unless action is taken, scientists have warned. One of the creatures most at risk from the fungal disease is...

  • Solid as a rock

    Solid as a rock

    In a few localities around the Maltese islands it is possible to find what look like mounds of reddish-brown soil with stones and pebbles embedded in them. On close inspection one realises that they are actually a solid structure as hard as the...

  • A big comeback for giant tortoise

    A big comeback for giant tortoise

    A giant tortoise subspecies that once teetered on the brink of extinction has made a big comeback on its Galapagos island home. In the 1960s only 15 of the tortoises, which can weigh over 225 kilos, remained on the island of Espanola. They came...

  • Deadly threat to Maltese beehives

    Deadly threat to Maltese beehives

    Keepers of honey bees in Europe are on the alert as a deadly threat to beehives in the form of a small beetle is on the rampage and spreading. For a species that is of extreme importance to both humans and the environment, this is a coffin nail...

  • EU strikes compromise to set new climate target

    EU strikes compromise to set new climate target

    EU leaders struck a deal on a new target to cut carbon emissions out to 2030, calling it a new global standard but leaving critics warning that compromises had undermined the fight against climate change. Talks in Brussels stretched into the small...

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