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Environment

  • Malaysia quake death toll rises

    The death toll from an earthquake that trapped scores of climbers on Malaysia’s highest peak has risen to 16 as rescuers searched for two Singaporean climbers still missing. A magnitude-5.9 earthquake on Friday sent rocks and boulders raining down...

  • Engineers discuss future energy and transport

    Engineers discuss future energy and transport

    Challenges and opportunities in energy and transport was the theme of the this year’s annual conference of the Chamber of Engineers held last month. The conference coincides with a new era. For the first time, the Maltese electricity grid is...

  • Oceanography boot camp held

    Oceanography boot camp held

    University students conducted field work at Ħofra ż-Żgħira and Ħofra l-Kbira to study the thermal discharge of cooling water used by the Delimara power station. The research was conducted during a boot camp which forms part of the Master in...

  • Mcast to promote agritourism skills

    The Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Centre has embarked on an agritourism project to train students in the skills and know­ledge needed to be successful in agritourism industry. As part of this project, 10 students...

  • Conference on developing green economy in Malta

    Conference on developing green economy in Malta

    A conference on the theme ‘Developing the green economy in Malta’ will be held on Friday by the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology’s Institute of Applied Science at Mcast’s main campus in Paola. It will include presentations about how...

  • Biomass pilot plant, research centre set up

    A biomass pilot plant and a biomass research centre have been set up aimed at improving the sustainability of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) working in the building and construction sector. The plant and centre are part of a €2 million...

  • Quake Watch

    Quake Watch

    After the powerful earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, another quake struck on May 12, this time of magnitude 7.3. The earthquake spread panic in the area, as buildings that were almost destroyed by the first quake were now brought down.

  • Walks on the wild side

    Walks on the wild side

    How does rambling help encourage more people to appreciate the Maltese countryside? Rambling brings people in direct contact with the Maltese countryside and thus makes them aware of the great natural, historical and cultural heritage of our islands.

  • Taking back our streets

    Taking back our streets

    There has been much talk about air pollution and traffic lately, both locally and internationally with major studies being published by the World Health Organisation on the cost of pollution and one, which I co-authored with Philip Von Brockdorff...

  • Consuming with care

    Consuming with care

    World Environment Day, celebrated today, is aimed at encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment. Organised by the United Nations, this event is a global platform for public outreach and is celebrated by stakeholders in over 100...

  • Safe areas

    Safe areas

    Even materials commonly found at home or work can be dangerous, says Oliver Fenech, PT Matic Environmental Services Limited general manager. What potential hazards do certain materials and conditions present in home and work environments? Most...

  • Perfect solution for limited roof space

    The latest technology improvements in solar panels are available from Eco Solutions Limited, a reseller of BenQ Solar panels in Malta. It’s perfect timing for customers who are thinking of investing in solar panels in the upcoming government...

  • Appeal to cut CO2 to protect oceans

    Appeal to cut CO2 to protect oceans

    Carbon emissions must be reduced to stop oceans being damaged, a scientist has warned. Carol Turley, of Plymouth Marine Laboratory, called for governments around the world to address the problem at the United Nations climate change conference...

  • Drought-hit Indian village looks to ‘water wives’ to quench thirst

    Drought-hit Indian village looks to ‘water wives’ to quench thirst

    In the parched village of Denganmal, in western India, there are no taps. The only drinking water comes from two wells at the foot of a nearby rocky hill, a spot so crowded that the sweltering walk and wait can take hours. For Sakharam Bhagat, as...

  • Concerns over Indonesia volcano

    Concerns over Indonesia volcano

    Indonesia has raised the alert status of Sinabung volcano in the western part of the country to the highest level following a sharp increase in activity, an official said. The 2,600-metre-high mountain in North Sumatra province has sporadically...

  • Falcon with red feet

    Falcon with red feet

    The red-footed falcon is an interesting bird of prey. It is a scarce spring migrant but rare in autumn; the difference in numbers is due to its unusual migratory pattern. The red-footed falcon is an eastern species with a stronghold in Asia and a...

  • Chimps have mental skills to cook

    They are not likely to start barbecuing in the rainforest, but chimpanzees can understand the concept of cooking and are willing to postpone eating raw food, even carrying food some distance to cook it rather than eat immediately, scientists...

  • UN climate deal in Paris ‘a graveyard for 2˚C goal’

    UN climate deal in Paris ‘a graveyard for 2˚C goal’

    The UN’s Paris climate conference, designed to reach a plan for curbing global warming, may instead become the graveyard for its defining goal: to stop temperatures rising more than 2˚C above pre-industrial levels. Achieving the 2˚C target has...

  • Cheaper green energy programme seeks backing

    A plan for a new global research programme aimed at driving down the costs of renewable energy more quickly has drawn serious interest from the world’s leading economies, its proponents say. The Global Apollo Programme would be an internationally...

  • Three whales die in Skye stranding

    Three whales die in Skye stranding

    Three whales have died and 10 others are stranded off the Isle of Skye. The whales became stuck on rocks on Staffin Island off the northern coast earlier today. A team from the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) is tending to the stranded...

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