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Environment

  • A hidden natural gem

    A hidden natural gem

    The Simar Nature Reserve is a hidden natural gem. Not many people know about it which is a pity as it could make for a relaxing Sunday outing. Simar is one of a small number of wetland areas left in the Maltese islands. It is a habitat for several...

  • Saving bees to feed the world

    Saving bees to feed the world

    Bees and other insects and animals, such as wasps and bats, pollinate flowers on a daily basis, in a process that is vital to produce fruit and many other foods. In fact, bees and other creatures help pollinate 87 per cent of plant species that...

  • Exceptional shooting range guidelines

    Exceptional shooting range guidelines

    No less than six planning policies and guidelines are up for public consultation this month. Among them is a draft aimed at steering a demand for shooting ranges. It is not only the shooting fraternity who have been waiting long years for clear...

  • Ramblers’ winter walks start

    Ramblers’ winter walks start

    It is a great pleasure to see the impressive upsurge in environ­mental awareness of the younger generation. People are realising that our beloved country would be a very dismal place if it were to be deprived of its countryside and coastal areas,...

  • Ducks of a common feather

    Ducks of a common feather

    The mallard is the most common and best known duck in the world. It is found in Europe, North Africa, Asia and in temperate and subtropical America. It has also been introduced in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand and in parts of South...

  • Praying mantises use 3D vision to hunt

    Praying mantises use 3D vision to hunt

    Scientists have fitted praying mantises with tiny 3D glasses in experiments which could help visual perception in robots. Most studies about 3D vision involve vertebrates but a team from Newcastle University has shown that mantises, which are...

  • Despite unsustainable fishing practices, it’s business as usual

    Despite unsustainable fishing practices, it’s business as usual

    A heart-wrenching interview with a local full-time fisherman was featured last Sunday in Maltatoday. It crystallised many of the grievances that local fisherman have with respect to the current situation concerning their livelihood. In a nutshell,...

  • First applied oceanography graduates

    First applied oceanography graduates

    The first students to complete the University of Malta’s MSc in Applied Oceanography are Sara Baldwin, Denise Desira, Hazel Farrugia and Nicole Scerri. They were also the first graduates of the course, which is run by the Faculty of Science’s...

  • Predicting earthquakes

    A common question seismologists are asked is: Can earthquakes be predicted? Thanks to numerous seismometers installed all over the earth’s surface, seismologists are now getting a better understanding of earthquakes and their occurrence. By...

  • Quake Watch

    Quake Watch

    On December 22, an earthquake was felt by people in the eastern and central parts of Malta. The magnitude 3.4 tremor, which was recorded by seismographs operated by the University’s Seismic Monitoring and Research Group, occurred around 40...

  • Keeping exotic animals as pets

    Keeping exotic animals as pets

    Once again this January, three wise men who journey yearly to the Bethlehem village in Għajnsielem will be travelling on horseback. No camels are involved. Despite tradition, no ‘ships of the desert’ are to feature in the family Christmas pageant,...

  • Heavenly clouds and a January comet

    Heavenly clouds and a January comet

    The new year period offers us a rare chance for a beautiful sight: a new comet that was recently discovered as gravity brought it around the sun. Comet Catalina, while not visible to the naked eye, can be seen using binoculars, in the morning sky.

  • Southern Europe’s sweet alison

    Southern Europe’s sweet alison

    The sweet alison flowers blossom mostly in November and December although flowering plants can still be spotted as late as March. The plant is native to southern Europe although it has now moved naturally further north and can be found in Ireland...

  • Danish town sees big picture with profitable emissions cuts

    Danish town sees big picture with profitable emissions cuts

    What do the world’s largest manufacturer of diabetes drugs, the biggest industrial enzymes producer and a leading offshore power company have in common? In the Danish seaside town of Kalundborg they have plenty. As pioneers of so-called industrial...

  • Earthquake and blockade threaten Everest industry

    Earthquake and blockade threaten Everest industry

    Nepal climbers face poverty and ruin after avalanches in 2014 and 2015 and Western mountaineering firms report sharp drop in bookings to scale world’s tallest peak Phurba Tashi Sherpa, the most accomplished high-altitude climber in history, holds...

  • 2015 doldrums

    2015 doldrums

    The year 2015 will certainly not go in the annals as a red-letter year for our environment. Throughout the incumbent year, in fact, the environmental integrity of our islands was further undermined. Case in point is the Żonqor Point saga, which...

  • Perseus finishes with a bang at European Parliament

    Perseus finishes with a bang at European Parliament

    The Perseus (Policy-oriented marine Environmental Research for the Southern European Seas) project, funded under the aegis of the ‘Oceans of Tomorrow’ Call within FP7, came to a spectacular finish in Brussels last week with the organisation of a...

  • Planting of 53 tamarisk trees

    Planting of 53 tamarisk trees

    During a special event held at Xrobb l-Għaġin Nature Park earlier this month, 64 students from four EkoSkola schools planted 53 tamarisk trees together with consuls from various consulates and other dignitaries representing the Commonwealth...

  • Mediterranean pink heath

    Mediterranean pink heath

    The Mediterranean heath deserves to be called the Christmas bush. It is an evergreen indigenous species. In December it becomes covered in small, pink bell-shaped flowers that grow in such profusion that they give the bush an overall pink appearance.

  • Real climate sham

    Real climate sham

    After 20 years of UN negotiations on how to combat climate change, anyone still living in a fantasy world of climate change denial is now stuck firmly in the past. Yet the real deception is said to have unfolded before our very eyes on the world...

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