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Environment

  • The death of an ice shelf

    The death of an ice shelf

    The last intact section of one of Antarctica’s mammoth ice shelves is weakening fast and will likely disintegrate completely in the next few years, contributing further to rising sea levels, according to a Nasa study. The research focused on a...

  • Bear’s breeches

    Bear’s breeches

    The bear’s breeches is an impressive indigenous plant which is not appreciated locally as much as it should be. It is a perennial species native to the Mediterranean. In several countries, where it is not an indigenous species, it is cultivated as...

  • Blue whales at risk from ships

    Blue whales are vulnerable to cargo ship strikes because they are so used to being the largest animal in the ocean that they often fail to avoid the vessels, a Stanford University biologist has found. The study, published in the latest edition of...

  • Some hunters just can’t help it

    Some hunters just can’t help it

    With the spring hunting season mercifully over hunters are already setting their sights on the autumn. Ahead of the spring hunting referendum, a strong appeal came from the hunters’ federation for the law to be observed. But it seems that birds...

  • Maltese seismologists present research to European peers

    Maltese seismologists present research to European peers

    Research by the University’s Seismic Monitoring and Research Unit was presented at the European Geosciences Union’s annual general assembly in Vienna. Over 11,000 scientists from 108 countries participated in the event. Pauline Galea, Matthew...

  • Quake Watch

    Quake Watch

    The seismic waves of the series of strong tremors that struck Nepal on April 25 were so powerful that they were recorded even in Malta. The main shock had a magnitude of 7.8, followed by two relatively strong aftershocks of magnitude 6.7 (red...

  • Spot the Jellyfish campaign gears up for sixth summer

    Spot the Jellyfish campaign gears up for sixth summer

    In the run-up to summer, information boards on jellyfish are being set up at Malta’s most popular bays and printed material is being distributed to scuba diving clubs and local councils in coastal regions as part of the Spot the Jellyfish...

  • Largest genus of terrestrial slugs

    Largest genus of terrestrial slugs

    The deroceras are a genus of slugs represented locally by two species, one of which could be endemic to the Maltese islands. The genus consists of about 123 species of small to medium terrestrial slugs. Most species are between 30 and 35...

  • Secret behind gaping whale mouths revealed

    Secret behind gaping whale mouths revealed

    When the fin whale gets ready to eat, earth’s second-largest animal opens its mouth so wide that it can gulp an amount of water larger than the volume of its own body as it filters out meals of tiny fish and shrimp-like krill. When feeding, this...

  • Fjords are nature’s allies

    Fjords are nature’s allies

    Fjords from Alaska to Norway soak up potentially damaging carbon from the atmosphere, making the steep-sided inlets an overlooked natural ally in offsetting man-made climate change, a study showed. Fjords cover only 0.1 per cent of the world’s...

  • Climate change threatens China’s major projects

    Climate change threatens China’s major projects

    Climate change threatens some of China’s most important infrastructure projects, China’s top meteorologist warned in a state newspaper, adding the country’s rate of warming was higher than the global average. Zheng Guoguang, head of China’s...

  • End of the line for land squatters?

    End of the line for land squatters?

    Last week, MP Jason Azzopardi unveiled in Parliament, on behalf of the Opposition, a Bill that aspires to put its finger on what actually constitutes the ‘public domain’. Normally, this phrase is reserved for information that has been released for...

  • The Sombrero galaxy

    The Sombrero galaxy

    Located some 30 million light years away, the Sombrero galaxy contains around 800 million stars. It appears to host, at its centre, a supermassive black hole about a billion times the size of our sun. This is around 250 times the black hole in the...

  • ‘16 per cent of species’ risk becoming extinct

    ‘16 per cent of species’ risk becoming extinct

    One in six of the animals and plants on the planet could face extinction if nothing is done to reduce the rate of climate change, a study has found. The research suggests that biodiversity loss is accelerating with each Celsius degree rise in...

  • Little egret

    Little egret

    The little egret is a small, white heron. If you want to see one it is best to head to the Għadira and Simar Nature reserves this weekend, although even if it is a common spring and autumn migrant, there is no guarantee you will always find one...

  • Fifty PV panels for Paola school

    Fifty PV panels for Paola school

    A new photovoltaic system, consisting of over 50 solar panels, has been installed at Mater Boni Consilii St Joseph school, Paola. Headmaster Kenneth Vella thanked Sr Cecilia Schembri, Sister Provincial of the Order of the Sisters of St Joseph of...

  • Relieving traffic congestion: when planning isn’t enough

    Relieving traffic congestion: when planning isn’t enough

    Local planners have long forecast that Malta may be on the brink of national gridlock. As long as car ownership continues to rise, our road infrastructures will not be able to keep up with the demand. In many developing countries, more money is...

  • Students visit Marsa power station

    Students visit Marsa power station

    Enemalta plc invited students from various secondary and post-secondary schools to visit the Marsa power station soon after it was shut down last month. Almost 500 students met the power station’s engineers and technicians to learn about the...

  • The onion weed

    The onion weed

    The onion weed is a spring-flowering plant of the lily family. It is found in Mediterranean countries but has been introduced in many areas with a Mediterranean climate, particularly in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Mexico. It has...

  • Experts set out global deal demands

    Experts set out global deal demands

    Earth Day’s 45th anniversary marks the year in which world leaders finally pass a binding climate change treaty in a bid to avert possible natural catastrophes Leading scientists have set out what a global climate deal, set to be negotiated in...

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