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  • The beautiful French daffodil

    The beautiful French daffodil

    The French daffodil is found in most Mediterranean and southern European countries and its range extends to the Far East. It is often found in the Maltese countryside too, especially in valleys, clay slopes and sometimes in garigue. It flowers...

  • Japan, S. Korea stick to coal

    Japan, S. Korea stick to coal

    Less than a week since signing the global climate deal in Paris, Japan and South Korea are pressing ahead with plans to open scores of new coal-fired power plants, casting doubt on the strength of their commitment to cutting CO2 emissions. Even as...

  • Sea lions’ brains damaged by toxin in algae

    Sea lions’ brains damaged by toxin in algae

    A toxin produced by marine algae is inflicting brain damage on sea lions along California’s coast, causing neurological and behavioural changes that can impair their ability to navigate in the sea and survive in the wild, scientists said. Brain...

  • A new space race: satellites that test world’s climate vows

    A new space race: satellites that test world’s climate vows

    Scientists from the US, Japan, and China are racing to perfect satellite technology that could one day measure greenhouse gas emissions from space, potentially transforming the winner into the world’s first climate cop. Monitoring a single...

  • Giving the oceans their due

    Giving the oceans their due

    The need for good governance in any form of management system is nowadays universally acknowledged. Moving in lock-step with such a public sentiment, politicians are increasingly making pledges in support of good governance, with the oceans being...

  • Used clothes help hedgehogs

    Used clothes help hedgehogs

    Money raised from the sale of used, unwanted clothes, shoes, belts and handbags are financially supporting the rehabilitation and nurturing programme of Maltese hedgehogs being carried out by Nature Trust Malta. The trust’s Wildlife Rescue Unit...

  • School holds animal awareness week

    School holds animal awareness week

    An animal awareness week was held at San Ġorġ Preca College’s Boys’ Secondary School, Ħamrun. The programme kicked off with a talk by Natalino Cristiano from the Malta Guide Dogs Foundation, who showed students how blind people are assisted by...

  • ‘Most successful creatures on earth’

    ‘Most successful creatures on earth’

    Entomologists claim that insects are the most successful creatures on earth. They are the most numerous in terms of species and numbers and they are found in most, if not all, habitats on every continent. More than a million insect species are...

  • ‘No hiatus in global warming’ – chair of UN panel of climate scientists

    Global warming has not paused, but more research is needed to understand the level that might cause tipping points, or irreversible damage to the earth’s climate system, the chair of the UN panel of climate scientists said. In 2013, the panel...

  • No bees, no resilience

    No bees, no resilience

    Where would human beings be without bees? Much of the world’s food supply could be at risk if nothing is done to protect these important insects. Bees and other pollinators provide a crucial link for the continual supply of crops. Feeding on...

  • Instruments acquired to set up new Malta seismic network

    Instruments acquired to set up new Malta seismic network

    Earthquake monitoring in the Maltese islands will now be improved through the extension of the recording facilities to a network of three permanent broadband seismic stations. The original seismic station at Wied Dalam, Birżebbugia, remains the...

  • Quake Watch

    Quake Watch

    A magnitude 6.5 earthquake that struck Greece on November 17 was felt in Malta. Reports submitted to the Seismic Monitoring and Research Group website were mostly from people living in the central and northern parts of Malta. This is a case where...

  • Bargeman’s cabbage

    Bargeman’s cabbage

    The bargeman’s cabbage is a common annual plant that flowers from late autumn to late spring. It belongs to the cabbage or mustard family which is known to botanists as Brassicaceae. This family includes many plants of agricultural and...

  • Global soil loss a rising threat to food production

    One-third of the world’s arable land has been lost to soil erosion or pollution in the last 40 years, and preserving topsoil is crucial for feeding a growing population, scientists said in research published during climate change talks in...

  • Defying criticism, Japan to resume whaling in Antarctic

    Defying criticism, Japan to resume whaling in Antarctic

    Japan’s whaling fleet is preparing to leave for the Antarctic for a three-month hunt despite protests from opponents who say Tokyo has not proved that whales need to be killed for research. The announcement comes days after Japan submitted its...

  • World leaders seek new pathto slow the planet’s warming

    World leaders seek new pathto slow the planet’s warming

    In the waning days of what is set to be the hottest year on record, world leaders are meeting on the outskirts of Paris for a summit that seeks nothing less than to steer the global economy away from its ever-growing reliance on fossil fuels. The...

  • Surprise! Agricultural stores are sprouting like mushrooms

    ‘I told you so’ must be one of the most hated and paternalistic clichés in the English language, but its use is perfectly justified in the circumstances. Environmental NGOs can, in fact, shout the phrase out loud in view of way the revised Outside...

  • Swimming pools on ridges in Gozo?

    Swimming pools on ridges in Gozo?

    On two occasions in this column I had commented about planning application PA1822/14 proposing the construction of a dwelling with a swimming pool on a ridge along Marsalforn Road, Xagħra. The application is objectionable for various reasons, some...

  • Kunċizzjoni dumping

    Kunċizzjoni dumping

    This recreational area at Kunċizzjoni, limits of Rabat, is constantly used as a dumping ground. Rabat local council has been alerted so as to consider taking some measures to try to prevent further dumping on site.

  • Imġiebaħ nature walk

    Imġiebaħ nature walk

    Birdlife Malta held a nature walk to Imġiebaħ Valley. It started at Selmun Palace and proceeded along the path in the garigue above the valley leading to the first apiaries were the first beehives were built. Participants then followed the pathway...

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