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  • 4,000th reward to GreenPak recycler

    4,000th reward to GreenPak recycler

    Every week, GreenPak representatives visit households that are taking part in the cooperative’s recycling system, and present residents with reusable cloth bags filled with free gifts. These range from food, beauty products, toiletries,...

  • Medicine men plant olive trees in Gozo

    Medicine men plant olive trees in Gozo

    Employees of local pharmaceutical firm Alvogen took time off from marketing medicines to plant olive trees in Gozo last month. The trees were planted at Qala's Ġnien il-Familja as part of the company's 7th anniversary celebrations.  “They say that...

  • Solar research for Malta’s renewable energy targets

    Solar research for Malta’s renewable energy targets

    How to meet Malta’s renewable energy targets by 2020 was at the heart of the annual conference held by the Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE) this month. This year’s keynote speech by Prof. Martin Green from University of New South Wales...

  • Support for research on climate change coping strategies

    The International Ocean Institute (IOI) has awarded Dr Stefano Moncada the 2016-17 Elisabeth Mann Borgese Bursary to carry out research entitled ‘Climate Coping Strategies, Economic Wellbeing and Sustainability in Vulnerable Coastal...

  • Climate change can push millions into hunger – UN

    Climate change can push  millions into hunger – UN

    Farmers urgently need help to adapt their methods of growing food if the world is to curb greenhouse gas emissions and prevent climate change pushing millions into hunger and poverty, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said...

  • Cart rut tour to be held next Saturday

    A two-hour tour of Malta's most well-known cart rut sites is to be held on Saturday October 22.  The 'Clapham Junction Cart Rut Experience' tour is part of Din l-Art Ħelwa's series of tours of heritage sites and properties. It has been coordinated...

  • Malta has deepest red coral

    Malta has deepest red coral

    Malta has set a new world record for hosting the deepest growing precious red coral in the world. Numerous colonies of the red coral (Corallium rubrum) was found to be growing at depths of 1,016 metres in the sea around Malta – over 200m deeper...

  • Presentations at European Marine Biology Symposium

    Presentations at European Marine Biology Symposium

    Prof. Alan Deidun from the Department of Geosciences of the University’s Faculty of Science recently took part in the week-long 51st European Marine Biology Symposium in Rhodes. He delivered a presentation on the expansion of the range of a number...

  • PV research published in two prestigious journals

    PV research published in two prestigious journals

    A lecturer at the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (Mcast) has had scientific articles published in two leading prestigious scientific photovolatiacs and energy journals, Progress in Photovoltaics and Solar Energy Materials and Solar...

  • Shakespeare’s shrub

    Shakespeare’s shrub

    “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” wrote William Shakespeare in Romeo and Juliet in 1600. The world this year marked the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death. Roses are the most-often mentioned flower in the texts of Shakespeare,...

  • A thistle in the daisy family

    A thistle in the daisy family

    The stemless atractylis is a common plant found in garigue and rocky steppe habitats. It is a Mediterranean species most common in countries along the southern coasts of the Mediterranean as well as in Greece and Sardinia. This plant has several...

  • More bugs, beetles and wasps

    More bugs, beetles and wasps

    Another bulletin of the Entomological Society of Malta has just been published, expanding our knowledge further on the Maltese insect world. This year’s bulletin provides information on 235 insects found in the Maltese islands and nearly a third...

  • UN sets limits on airline emissions amid dissent

    UN sets limits on airline  emissions amid dissent

    A UN agency approved a landmark accord on Thursday to curb aviation pollution amid criticism that the deal, which will cost the industry billions of dollars, fails to trim emissions enough on international flights. The International Civil Aviation...

  • The autumn grape hyacinth

    The autumn grape hyacinth

    The autumn grape hyacinth is a small plant that flowers in autumn in response to the arrival of the Mediterranean rainy season. A solitary flower is not easily seen but the plants tend to grow close together and form small carpets of delicate blue...

  • Bees ‘highly intelligent’

    Bees ‘highly intelligent’

    Scientists in Britain have managed to teach bumblebees to pull strings to get to food and then pass on what they have learned to others in their colony – showing a high level of intelligence despite their tiny brains. Researchers at Queen Mary...

  • Ramblers explore trails and coasts

    Ramblers explore trails and coasts

    The Ramblers Association has launched its autumn walks programme just at the right time when Malta’s countryside takes a new look after the first rains and the cool sea breezes are more welcoming. As this is the start of the rambling season all...

  • Reclaiming land for even more luxury apartments

    Reclaiming land for even more luxury apartments

    Scouring through the new master plan unveiled for Paceville which is currently open for public consultation, one stumbles across the proposals for site 6 – Portomaso. Despite being given the green light in 2014 to develop 46 bungalows around an...

  • WWII heritage and solar loopholes

    WWII heritage and solar loopholes

    A number of objections were received by the Planning Authority over an application in San Gwann for apartments which would obliterate a rare World War II observation post. The defensive structure was purpose-built to mimic a farm building and gain...

  • GreenPak putting glass waste genie back in the bottle

    GreenPak putting glass waste genie back in the bottle

    GreenPak Coop Society is running a daily service to collect empty glass bottles in three localities on a trial basis until next Sunday. The service, available for bars and restaurants, runs along the seafront between Manoel Island, passing through...

  • Promoting water’s many benefits

    Doctors recommend drinking eight cups, or two litres, of water a day, pointing out that hydration is essential to sustain a healthy metabolism, to maintain a constant body temperature, blood pressure and heart rate. It also keeps the skin glowing,...

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