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  • Acidic oceans ‘threat to mussels’

    Acidic oceans ‘threat to mussels’

    The world’s mussel population could be under threat as climate change causes the oceans to become more acidic, scientists have warned. Mussel shells become more brittle when they are formed in more acidic water, Glasgow University has reported in...

  • Small-scale gold mining is‘dangerous and unhealthy’

    Small-scale gold mining is‘dangerous and unhealthy’

    Millions of people worldwide earn a living from small-scale or ‘artisanal’ gold mining, including in places such as Uganda, where methods can be dangerous, unhealthy and damage the environment. First the ore, or rock containing gold seams, is dug...

  • Michael Falzon’s Christmas gift

    Michael Falzon’s Christmas gift

    On the eve of Christmas, Parliamentary Secretary for Planning and Government Land Michael Falzon dropped a bombshell with his development boundary ‘tweak­ing’ comment, which gives the developers’ lobby cause to rejoice but rubs salt in...

  • School collects 679kg of plastic caps

    School collects 679kg of plastic caps

    Pupils, staff, parents and volunteers at Gozo College’s San Lawrenz primary school this year were again busy collecting used plastic bottle caps in aid of the Malta Community Chest Fund. The school managed to collect 679 kilograms of plastic caps,...

  • Top firms’ emissions on the rise, despite cuts calls

    Greenhouse gas emissions by the world’s top 500 companies rose 3.1 per cent from 2010 to 2013, far off the cuts urged by the UN to limit global warming, a study showed. The top 500 firms by capitalisation accounted for 13.8 per cent of world...

  • What is your home’s energy performance?

    What is your home’s energy performance?

    A roaring fire on your flat screen this year may put paid to all those video clips on collapsing ice sheets. The carbon footprint of a digital fireplace remains something of a mystery but there are definite ways of calculating how friendly your...

  • Prototype floating PV panels being tested

    Prototype floating PV panels being tested

    An open sea floating solar panels project by the University of Malta is aiming to put Malta at the forefront of research in this area. In Malta, the scarcity of land makes it difficult to find adequate parcels of land to build large solar farms.

  • Biology research projects presented at symposium

    Biology research projects presented at symposium

    Courses in biology and biological research are crucial, given the need for suitably qualified professionals to work in the environmental sector, according to Environment Minister Leo Brincat. He was speaking at the opening of the 2014 Biology...

  • ‘Deepest fish’ found in Pacific

    ‘Deepest fish’ found in Pacific

    Scientists have discovered the world’s deepest fish during research in the depths of the Pacific. They captured video footage of a type of snailfish at depths of 8,145 metres – the greatest depth a fish has ever been observed. They also discovered...

  • The devil’s coach-horse

    The devil’s coach-horse

    The devil’s coach-horse is an unusual-looking beetle as, unlike most other beetles, its wings do not completely cover its abdomen. It is a relatively large beetle common throughout most of Europe, including Malta, but not often seen as it spends...

  • How cows talk to their young

    How cows talk to their young

    Cows and their calves communicate using calls that are individualised in a similar way to human names, scientists have discovered. Researchers found it was possible to identify particular cows and calves from the exclusive sounds they made. The...

  • A fait accompli at Santa Luċija

    A fait accompli at Santa Luċija

    The ‘public consultation’ exercise conducted earlier this week in connection with the proposed elderly people’s residential home in an outside development zone (ODZ) area in Santa Luċija allows one to draw some interesting conclusions, as normally...

  • A waste free event

    A waste free event

    Nature Trust Malta held the annual Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) seminar and awards ceremony at Gozo College Sannat Primary and Special Unit. Two schools – Sannat Primary and St Francis Victoria – were awarded their first Green Flag...

  • HSBC Malta’s Water Programme songs set for international debut

    HSBC Malta’s Water Programme songs set for international debut

    Embodying the message of con­servation, HSBC Malta Water Programme has launched two special songs that are set to make an international debut wherever HSBC Group’s Water Programme is active in global communities. Entitled Water Life and Catch the...

  • Call for papers for energy conference

    It is not surprising that the quest for energy, clean water and decent housing could lead to power struggles and conflicts, because these elements are the most essential measures of wealth, well-being and development. Without these three elements,...

  • ‘Magic mushroom’ in Queen’s garden

    ‘Magic mushroom’ in Queen’s garden

    A species of magic mushroom has been discovered growing in the grounds of Buckingham Palace. The Amanita muscaria, commonly known as fly agaric or fly mushroom, was found during a walkabout of the private gardens for a television show to be...

  • World’s oceans full of plastic

    World’s oceans full of plastic

    More than five trillion pieces of plastic weighing as much as two large cruise liners are floating in the world’s oceans, a study has shown. The total weight of all the plastic pollution in the seas is estimated to be almost 269,000 tons. An...

  • The oriental hornet

    The oriental hornet

    The oriental hornet is an indigenous wasp that can be found in southern Europe and North Africa, the Middle East and further east as far as India and Nepal. It has also been introduced into other countries such as Mexico, Madagascar and parts of...

  • Get ready for more extreme heatwaves

    Get ready for more extreme heatwaves

    The chances of extremely hot summers in parts of Europe have risen tenfold this century because of man-made global warming, a study by British scientists said. Average summers in an area covering Central and Mediterranean Europe have warmed...

  • Global warming threat cut slightly but is still severe

    Projected global warming this century has slowed but is still at a severe rate after promises by China, the US and the EU to limit greenhouse gas emissions, a scientific study showed. The Climate Action Tracker, produced by an independent group of...

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