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  • Gibbons studied for language clues

    Gibbons studied for language clues

    Scientists are fathoming out the secret language of funky gibbons. The Asian apes are renowned for their loud musical songs, but also produce distinctive soft calls known as ‘hoos’. Now new research has shown that they use these whispers to...

  • Sardine numbers plummet in US

    Plummeting sardine populations could lead to a complete ban on harvesting the small oily fish off the US West Coast starting later this year, officials with the Pacific Fishery Management Council said. Decimated by overfishing, sardine numbers in...

  • The shape of towns to come

    The shape of towns to come

    The needs of a growing population inevitably lead to an increase in urbanisation. Malta is no exception. Indeed, in an island where space is at a premium, it’s no easy task to strike a happy medium between creating more homes and improving the...

  • Our feathered friends

    Our feathered friends

    Occasionally, a happy flock of sparrows visits my veranda. They flit around searching for food. Now I know that sparrows are not exactly exotic birds by any means but I find these little creatures very entertaining to watch. Which explains why I’m...

  • App and down the nature trail

    App and down the nature trail

    Nature and technology don’t usually hold hands. Picture it: you’re enjoying your Sunday afternoon walk in the countryside. Birds are chirping, shadows are chasing little furry things in the undergrowth and you’re on your way to breaking the record...

  • Trees of life

    Trees of life

    First organised in 2011, the European Tree of the Year was inspired by the Tree of the Year contest organised in the Czech Republic by the Czech Environmental Partnership Foundation. The main aim of the European Tree of the Year contest is to...

  • The economic cost of climate change

    The economic cost of climate change

    The Global Environment Change ConferenceGodfrey Baldacchino and Charles Galdies There are clear economic and labour market impacts associated with global environmental change. How are these impacts nuanced on small island states and territories...

  • Don’t leaf them be

    Don’t leaf them be

    A few weeks ago, it was reported that carob trees have been dying as a result of a beetle that is causing the trees’ leaves to dry up and sometimes leading to the tree shedding all its leaves. Sadly, the carob tree is not the only victim. A huge...

  • Is more farmland set to go down the drain?

    Is more farmland set to go down the drain?

    Foodwise, the Maltese islands constantly skate on thin ice. Local fields produce less than a fifth of what the population consumes, with the lion’s share of our food being imported. Agricultural production in this country hinges on an average soil...

  • Researchers take part in geophysical investigation

    Researchers take part in geophysical investigation

    Sebastiano D’Amico and Daniela Farrugia from the University of Malta’s Seismic Monitoring and Research Unit spent nine days in Messina, Sicily on a collaboration with the University of Messina. Together with Sicilian researchers, they conducted a...

  • A green innovation challenge for youths

    A green innovation challenge for youths

    A competition is being held for young people to come up with a green innovation solution to an environmental problem affecting Malta. Winners will be awarded an overseas trip related to environmental innovation and all finalists will be featured...

  • Quake Watch

    Quake Watch

    A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 on the Richter Scale struck beneath Papua New Guinea in the southern Pacific Ocean in the early hours of March 30 (largest red circle on the global map). A tsunami warning was issued for the countries...

  • Collared dove

    Collared dove

    The collared dove is a regular breeder in the Maltese islands. It bred for the first time in 2003 at Santa Marija Estate in Mellieħa but now it is breeding in many other areas. It builds its nest in trees close to urban areas, often close to...

  • Tiny bird in mighty feat

    The blackpoll warbler accomplishes a mighty big feat for such a little bird. Scientists documented how this songbird that weighs 12g completes an arduous non-stop flight over the Atlantic Ocean from forests in New England and eastern Canada to...

  • Tropics study brings thunder

    Tropics study brings thunder

    Increasingly powerful thunderstorms may be largely responsible for greater rainfall in the tropics as the earth warms, research has shown. Thunderstorms are known to play an important role in keeping the tropics wet, delivering almost half of all...

  • Antarctic ice shelf loss ‘quicker’

    Antarctic ice shelf loss ‘quicker’

    Floating ice shelves fringing Antarctica have thinned by almost a fifth in some areas over nearly two decades, research shows. Satellite observations have revealed that the ice loss is accelerating. Total ice shelf volume around the continent...

  • Lights out for Earth Hour

    Lights out for Earth Hour

    Landmarks in cities around the globe turn off their lights to mark Earth Hour. Paul Chapman reports.

  • Softening our energy future

    Softening our energy future

    Ensuring secure, affordable and climate-friendly energy for households and businesses is one of the European Commission’s top 10 priorities. Ahead of this year’s United Nations decisive climate pact in December, the European Union is gearing up to...

  • The partial solar eclipse

    The partial solar eclipse

    On March 20 at 10.25am, many people paused their daily routines and looked up at the sun to witness a rare celestial event – the sun being partially eclipsed by the moon. Contrary to what happens when there is a total eclipse, Malta was not...

  • Pupils learn about the importance of trees

    Pupils learn about the importance of trees

    A total of 185 pupils and teachers from 11 schools took part in an event entitled ‘ENO – Plant a Tree for Peace’ at Xrobb l-Għaġin sustainable development centre to learn about the importance of trees. The event was originally planned to include...

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