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  • The scarlet pimpernel

    The scarlet pimpernel

    The scarlet pimpernel is a small indigenous plant with beautiful red or blue flowers. It is found in central and southern Europe, in North Africa and in western Asia. It has been introduced accidentally or as a decorative plant in many places...

  • Animals ‘can predict earthquakes’

    Animals ‘can predict earthquakes’

    Animals appear to predict earthquakes by sensing electricity in the air, the first study to find reliable evidence of the phenomenon has shown. Camera traps revealed an ‘amazing’ drop in the number of animals spotted up to 23 days before a major...

  • Elephant numbers declining

    Elephant numbers declining

    African elephant numbers are likely to drop as the high rate of poaching in parts of the continent remained unchanged last year, a study reveals. At a conservation meeting in Botswana, a report by the Convention on International Trade in...

  • Forests are shrinking

    Forests are shrinking

    Farms, roads and towns are fast slicing up the world’s wilderness, leaving 70 per cent of the world’s remaining forested land less than one kilometre from a forest edge, a US-led study showed. The report, by two dozen researchers on five...

  • Tenth of Europe’s bees risk extinction

    Tenth of Europe’s bees risk extinction

    Almost one in 10 of Europe’s wild bee species is at risk of extinction because of threats from the spread of farms and pesticides among other factors, a first assessment of the continent’s bee populations showed. Bees are vital to food production...

  • Glowing mushroom ‘attracts insects’

    A glowing mushroom lights up to attract insects that can spread its spores, a study suggests. The eerie green glow of the Brazilian forest fungus, Neonothopanus gardneri, fulfils a similar function as the petals of colourful flowers, scientists...

  • Exposing underwater devastation

    Exposing underwater devastation

    The thumbs down recently given by the Malta Environment and Planning Authority board to the proposed offshore wind farm at Sikka l-Bajda is still a vivid memory. The major motivations behind Mepa’s stance include the fact that the site lies near...

  • HSBC project saves water

    The Archbishop’s Seminary in Rabat will be saving around 1,475 litres of water per day thanks to the completion of a new innovative project sponsored by HSBC water programme, Catch the Drop. The Hippo water-saving technique is a simple and...

  • Let’s Do It clean-up

    Let’s Do It clean-up

    Let’s Do It Malta held a clean-up of the Xgħajra-Marsascala coastline, focusing on the area around the Tal-Wisgħa Tower, built by the Knights of St John in the 17th century. Around 25 people spent a day picking up a significant amount of rubbish...

  • BOV drives its staff to go green

    In an drive to encourage its staff to opt for a more environmental friendly lifestyle, Bank of Valletta has installed a number of electronic charging points in its garage at BOV centre in Santa Venera, specifically designated to be used by bank...

  • Ekoskola students hold eco audit at St Vincent de Paul elderly home

    Ekoskola students hold eco audit at St Vincent de Paul elderly home

    A group of 42 Ekoskola students and youths from seven schools and Youth, Inc. from Aġenzija Zgħazagħ joined forces to conduct an environmental audit at St Vincent de Paul residence. They were accompanied by their teachers and the Ekoskola...

  • Amazon losing ability to absorb CO2

    Amazon losing ability to absorb CO2

    The mighty Amazon rainforest is rapidly losing its ability to absorb carbon from the atmosphere, a major study has shown. Since the 1990s, when two billion tons of carbon dioxide greenhouse gas were removed from the atmosphere each year by the...

  • Arctic sea ice ‘smallest size ever’

    Arctic sea ice ‘smallest size ever’

    Arctic sea ice this year is the smallest in winter since satellite records began in 1979, in a new sign of long-term climate change, US data showed. The ice floating on the Arctic Ocean around the North Pole reached its maximum annual extent of...

  • Action over polluted Paris skies

    Action over polluted Paris skies

    Paris officials are seeking drastic measures to combat an alarming spike in air pollution that has turned the city’s skies a murky grey. Mayor Anne Hidalgo called on the government to implement an emergency ban on around half of the car and truck...

  • Bay laurel

    Bay laurel

    There is no doubt that the bay laurel is a Maltese indigenous tree. Fossilised imprints of its leaves have been found in Pleistocene deposits, that is, rock formations from the Ice Age period, which formed thousands of years before the first...

  • Natural treasure

    Natural treasure

    Australia yesterday detailed how it will ban dumping of all dredge soil in the Great Barrier Reef as it looks to step up protection of the world’s largest reef and avoid having it listed by Unesco as “in danger”. Unesco’s World Heritage Committee...

  • Debating renewables

    Debating renewables

    There could well be more than enough rooftops in Malta to produce energy from the sun using photovoltaic (PV) panels. Does this mean we can get by without a solar farm taking up even more precious space on our crowded island? This and several...

  • Endangered species trust launches appeal to survive

    Endangered species trust launches appeal to survive

    In the golden desert of Namibia on the way to the famous Etosha National Park, one finds the Rare and Endangered Species Trust (Rest), which has grabbed the attention of the media, including giants such as National Geographic, Animal Planet and...

  • World oceans yield morethan 1,000 new creatures

    World oceans yield morethan 1,000 new creatures

    More than 1,000 new-to-science sea fish have been described in the past eight years − an average of more than 10 a month, experts have revealed. The new fish species include 122 sharks and rays, 131 members of the goby family, and a Mediterranean...

  • Fossil ‘lobster’ was as big as a human

    Fossil ‘lobster’ was as big as a human

    A filter-feeding ‘lobster’ as big as a human took the place of whales 480 million years ago, a fossil find has shown. The two-metre prehistoric creature, whose remains were unearthed in Morocco, lived at a distant time when life was just starting...

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