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Environment

  • St Julian’s joins Greenpak recycling scheme

    St Julian’s joins Greenpak recycling scheme

    Last month, St Julian’s local council became the latest locality to join the Greenpak waste recycling scheme. Free green recycling bags will be distributed to each household and a door-to-door educational campaign will be conducted to increase...

  • International Leaf meeting in Malta

    International Leaf meeting in Malta

    Nature Trust (Malta), with the support of the international NGO Foundation for Environmental Education, recently hosted the annual national operators’ meeting of the Leaf (Learning About Forests) programme. A total of 21 delegates from 17...

  • Arctic sea ice falls to record low level

    Arctic sea ice falls to record low level

    Arctic sea ice hit a record low level for the second straight year this month amid high winter temperatures over the Arctic Ocean, according to scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Centre and Nasa. On March 24, sea ice extent over the...

  • Faith in our planet’s future

    Faith in our planet’s future

    In an encyclical letter issued last year, to “every person living on this planet”, Pope Francis spoke of the urgent challenge to protect our common home. “Faced as we are with global environmental deterioration,” reads the encyclical Laudato Si’,...

  • The Orion Nebula

    The Orion Nebula

    Undoubtedly the highlight in the night sky over the past weeks was the planet Jupiter – the largest of all planets in our solar system – which reached its closest point to the Earth, for this year, during the second week of March. Jupiter will...

  • Project to enhance training for small-scale fisheries

    Project to enhance training for small-scale fisheries

    Malta is participating in Sea of Skills, a project funded by the Erasmusplus- programme aimed at improving the quality and attractiveness of continuing vocational educational training (CVET) for people involved in small-scale/traditional fisheries...

  • The flower bee with hairy feet

    The flower bee with hairy feet

    The hairy-footed flower bee is a species of bee present in most of Europe, in the Near East and in North Africa. In the 20th century the species was introduced in the US. The species gets its name from males whose middle legs have very elongated...

  • ‘Honey, I’m not in the mood’

    ‘Honey, I’m not in the mood’

    When a female ‘burying beetle’ is focused on caring for babies and not making new ones, she releases a chemical signal to her libidinous mate that says in no uncertain terms, “Honey, I’m not in the mood”. Scientists described how these females...

  • Falzon’s legacy lives on in Luqa

    Falzon’s legacy lives on in Luqa

    Another dawn… same old script… more Outside development Zone (ODZ) development being ap­prov­ed on the flimsiest of pretexts, with few batting an eyelid. During a Save the Countryside debate organised by Din l-Art Ħelwa last year, then...

  • Ramblers relish spring sights ’n’ sites

    Ramblers relish spring sights ’n’ sites

    Undoubtedly early spring is the ideal season for country walks in Malta. The Ramblers Association has issued its April walks programme, with its weekly ramble among various scenic, historical or geological settings, along secluded beaches, led by...

  • Praying for a water management plan

    Praying for a water management plan

    Whether it is because of the impoverished bean harvest or the amount of dust accumulating everywhere, few have failed to notice the effects of Malta’s worst winter drought in 93 years. After an exceptionally dry winter, scattered showers last week...

  • Curb the off-roading scourge

    Curb the off-roading scourge

    Off-roading and its impacts on the natural environment do not feature high up in the list of environmental concerns normally cited by the public as the link between a non-permanent activity (as opposed to a building) and environmental damage is...

  • Gozo off the Beaten Track

    Gozo off the Beaten Track

    Flimkien għal Ambjent Aħjar (FAA) is organising Gozo off the Beaten Track tour next Saturday. The full-day walking tour will visit areas of Gozo that will shed light on its history and increase participants’ appreciation of its beauty. Among the...

  • Seismology and nuclear bombs

    Seismology and nuclear bombs

    Seismologists study the Earth’s structure by observing seismic waves as they travel through the planet. Seismic waves are generated whenever an earthquake occurs, but they can also be generated, for example, by the action of sea waves hitting the...

  • Project aims to boost research on use of water in agriculture

    Project aims to boost research on use of water in agriculture

    The Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (Mcast) has embarked on a three-year, €960,125 project aimed at building research capacity, sharing knowledge through networking and formulating a research strategy for water use in the...

  • Quake Watch

    Quake Watch

    During February, a 6.6 magnitude earthquake hit the Bougainville island region, in the Solomon Sea. Quakes in this region are common because of the Australian plate’s movement towards the Pacific plate. Locally, two small earthquakes were recorded...

  • The plant-eating leaf beetles

    The plant-eating leaf beetles

    The leaf beetles are plant-eating insects that form the family Chrysomelidae. There are about known 37,000 species in this family although entomologists believe there are still another 13,000 waiting to be discovered. About 60 species have been...

  • Threats to Coral Reef

    Threats to Coral Reef

    Parts of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef face permanent destruction if the current El Niño, one of the strongest in two decades, does not ease this month, scientists said yesterday. The El Niño is a result of a warming of the ocean in the western...

  • The sand crocuses of Malta – a puzzle solved

    The sand crocuses of Malta – a puzzle solved

    Botanist studies the local population of the brightly-coloured sand crocuses that are starting to flower at this time of year, especially in rocky garigue areas During the months of February and March, the Maltese countryside is adorned with...

  • Tweaking boundaries for quarries

    Tweaking boundaries for quarries

    Donald Trump aims to seriously disable the US environment protection agency if elected. Here in Malta we seem to be one step ahead as regulations and standards achieved after many years of hard work are quietly unravelled without fuss. On the one...

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