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Environment

  • End of the line for land squatters?

    End of the line for land squatters?

    Last week, MP Jason Azzopardi unveiled in Parliament, on behalf of the Opposition, a Bill that aspires to put its finger on what actually constitutes the ‘public domain’. Normally, this phrase is reserved for information that has been released for...

  • The Sombrero galaxy

    The Sombrero galaxy

    Located some 30 million light years away, the Sombrero galaxy contains around 800 million stars. It appears to host, at its centre, a supermassive black hole about a billion times the size of our sun. This is around 250 times the black hole in the...

  • ‘16 per cent of species’ risk becoming extinct

    ‘16 per cent of species’ risk becoming extinct

    One in six of the animals and plants on the planet could face extinction if nothing is done to reduce the rate of climate change, a study has found. The research suggests that biodiversity loss is accelerating with each Celsius degree rise in...

  • Little egret

    Little egret

    The little egret is a small, white heron. If you want to see one it is best to head to the Għadira and Simar Nature reserves this weekend, although even if it is a common spring and autumn migrant, there is no guarantee you will always find one...

  • Fifty PV panels for Paola school

    Fifty PV panels for Paola school

    A new photovoltaic system, consisting of over 50 solar panels, has been installed at Mater Boni Consilii St Joseph school, Paola. Headmaster Kenneth Vella thanked Sr Cecilia Schembri, Sister Provincial of the Order of the Sisters of St Joseph of...

  • Relieving traffic congestion: when planning isn’t enough

    Relieving traffic congestion: when planning isn’t enough

    Local planners have long forecast that Malta may be on the brink of national gridlock. As long as car ownership continues to rise, our road infrastructures will not be able to keep up with the demand. In many developing countries, more money is...

  • Students visit Marsa power station

    Students visit Marsa power station

    Enemalta plc invited students from various secondary and post-secondary schools to visit the Marsa power station soon after it was shut down last month. Almost 500 students met the power station’s engineers and technicians to learn about the...

  • The onion weed

    The onion weed

    The onion weed is a spring-flowering plant of the lily family. It is found in Mediterranean countries but has been introduced in many areas with a Mediterranean climate, particularly in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Mexico. It has...

  • Experts set out global deal demands

    Experts set out global deal demands

    Earth Day’s 45th anniversary marks the year in which world leaders finally pass a binding climate change treaty in a bid to avert possible natural catastrophes Leading scientists have set out what a global climate deal, set to be negotiated in...

  • Amazon forest’s carbon levels hit by loggers

    Amazon forest’s carbon levels hit by loggers

    Human activity has robbed the Amazon rainforest of more than 10 per cent of its ability to store carbon in its vegetation, a study has found. Deforestation of the giant forest is likely to account for 1.5 per cent of the increase in atmospheric...

  • Smog-hit China aims for stimulus as growth wanes

    Smog-hit China aims for stimulus as growth wanes

    Days before Beijing cut bank reserve requirements to boost lending to China’s slowing economy, officials in Hebei province met with dozens of banks and steel mills to find financing to revive local industry and tackle chronic environmental...

  • Squirrels ‘host Lyme disease bugs’

    Grey squirrels may harbour a serious infection that can be spread to humans by ticks. Such rodents from the US already have previous convictions for decimating Britain’s red squirrel populations and damaging woodland by stripping bark from...

  • Ramblers savour the sights of spring

    Ramblers savour the sights of spring

    At this time of the year the Maltese islands offer some of the most fascinating country walks in the Mediterranean, taking in secluded coastal zones, an exhilarating array of scenic landscapes rich in geological features, deserted beaches,...

  • Largest, unrepresented minority

    Largest, unrepresented minority

    The spring hunting referendum may be done and dusted but a number of sore points about the result and the way the campaign was conducted still linger on. Over 124,000 people voted No in the referendum, which is a significant number by any stretch...

  • Mason bees

    Mason bees

    The mason bee is common in spring: it can easily be identified by the thick layer of reddish brown hair that covers its thorax, the hairless blackish brown abdomen and reddish legs. Females have an abdominal broom, which is formed by fringes of...

  • Zombie worm ‘destroyed fossils’

    A species of bone-eating worm that was believed to have evolved in conjunction with whales has been dated back to prehistoric times when it fed on the carcasses of giant marine reptiles. Scientists found that Osedax – popularised as the ‘zombie...

  • Farming outside the box

    Farming outside the box

    For some years now an increasing number of people worldwide are finding the conventional system of how we produce food to be unsustainable and at crisis point. People in their teens, 20s, and 30s today live under the shadow of climate change,...

  • Grey water recycling system, green roof project at Mcast

    Grey water recycling system, green roof project at Mcast

    A grey water recycling system and a green roof have been installed at the Institute of Applied Science of the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology, Paola. Grey water collected from the washhand basins of the institute’s five-story...

  • Pesticides may be leading to shortage of crop pollinators

    Pesticides may be leading to shortage of crop pollinators

    Evidence is mounting that widely-used pesticides harm moths, butterflies and birds, as well as bees, adding to concerns crop production could be hit by a shortage of pollinators, according to a report drawn up for EU policymakers. The European...

  • Every bird shot in spring is one nest less

    Every bird shot in spring is one nest less

    There a many reasons for voting no in next Saturday’s referendum, one of the main ones being that those who do not hunt want to be able to visit the countryside at the best time of the year without feeling threatened by the presence of thousands...

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