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  • The universal Churchyard Beetle in Malta

    The universal Churchyard Beetle in Malta

    The Churchyard Beetle (Blaps gigas, Ħanfusa tal-kantina) is one of the largest beetles inhabiting the Maltese islands. Most individual specimens can grow up to 35mm long but the largest specimens recorded on isolated islets such as Selmunett were...

  • Birdlife nature walk on Comino

    Birdlife nature walk on Comino

    Birdlife Malta held a day’s outing to Comino for a group of adults that included a visit to Santa Marija Tower and the Santa Marija Gun Battery. The event also included a demonstration at Birdlife’s ringing station at Wied l-Aħmar. Participants...

  • Malta’s submerged living assets

    Malta’s submerged living assets

    Alan Deidun will give a lecture entitled ‘The submerged living assets of the Maltese islands’ on Thursday at 6.30pm at Din l-Art Ħelwa’s premises, 133, Melita Street, Valletta. He will give an overview of the Mediterranean’s marine biodiversity...

  • Carbon emissions fall in 11 of G20 members

    Carbon emissions fall in 11 of G20 members

    Greenhouse gas emissions per capita are falling in 11 of the group of 20 major economies, a turning point for tackling climate change, a study showed. The report, by a new organisation of scientists and other experts called Climate Transparency,...

  • Water shortage projected in areas where 2bn people live

    Large swathes of the northern hemisphere could suffer water shortages due to shrinking snowpacks, researchers said. Data shows reduced snowpacks – the seasonal accumulation of snow – will likely imperil water supplies by 2060 in regions from...

  • The common sandpiper

    The common sandpiper

    The common sandpiper is a small migratory wader found throughout Europe and north Asia. Most of the birds that breed on the European continent winter in Africa although some remain in the Mediterranean area. It visits the Maltese islands on a...

  • Locusts ‘interact with their neighbours’ to march together

    Locusts ‘interact with their neighbours’ to march together

    As they swarm, creatures tend to move in same direction but then they spontaneously switch drift as a group – behaviour seen in starlings, fish Swarming locusts interact with at least two of their neighbours when aligning themselves in order to...

  • By 2100 vast Alpine glacier could almost vanish due to global warming

    By 2100 vast Alpine glacier could almost vanish due to global warming

    One of Europe’s biggest glaciers, the Great Aletsch, coils 23 kilometres through the Swiss Alps – and yet this mighty river of ice could almost vanish in the lifetimes of people born today because of climate change. The glacier, 900 metres thick...

  • Change in atmosphere may threaten survival of European lizards

    Change in atmosphere may threaten survival of European lizards

    Global warming may threaten the survival of European lizards by forcing the reptiles to live fast and die young, new research has shown. Scientists set up an experiment in which 18 populations of common lizards lived in semi-natural enclosures,...

  • Urgent need for local action regarding climate change

    Urgent need for local action regarding climate change

    Plants growing on the side of a volcano in Ecuador have shifted their range by half a kilometre, gradually moving up the mountain in search of a cooler environment as the climate becomes warmer. A sunflower-related species is now found growing...

  • Heating buildings using geothermal energy

    Heating buildings using geothermal energy

    Daniela Galea has completed a three-year Master’s degree in Sustainable Energy at the University. The title of her dissertation was ‘Design of a shallow ground geo­thermal heat pump system for space conditioning of buildings’. The research...

  • Malta at RELEMR meeting

    Pauline Galea and Daniela Farrugia from the University’s Department of Geosciences, attended the 36th meeting of the Reducing Earthquake Losses in the Extended Mediterranean Region (RELEMR) in Ravenna, Italy. During the meeting, Galea presented...

  • Quake Watch

    Quake Watch

    A large and very destructive earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 occurred in Afghanistan on October 26. The quake also shook other countries in south Asia, including Pakistan and India. In 2005, an earthquake in the same region killed over 70,000...

  • Autumn – a time of rebirth

    Autumn – a time of rebirth

    In central and northern European culture, autumn is harvest time and, therefore, a time of gladness and thanksgiving. It is also a time of melancholia brought about by the end of summer and the imminent arrival of dark and cold winter days. It is...

  • Tunnelling to feed land reclamation?

    The current hype revolving around the development of a permanent Malta-Gozo link has touched briefly upon environmental concerns, with the tunnel option being touted by many as having a significantly lower environmental impact than the bridge...

  • Repairing an eyesore

    Repairing an eyesore

    Malta Environment and Planning Authority’s enforcement section officials visited this idyllic site at Majjistral Park nature reserve after being alerted. They observed work taking place to replace the roof of an existing boathouse in the area, and...

  • Appeal to preserve San Ġwann’s neglected historical heritage

    Appeal to preserve San Ġwann’s neglected historical heritage

    Wirt San Ġwann is an official non-governmental organisation founded in June 2013 to promote the town’s cultural heritage and to encourage the better appreciation and protection of the locality’s cultural and historical heritage. Over the years,...

  • Thorny issues unresolved as climate summit nears

    Thorny issues unresolved as climate summit nears

    Delegates to a climate summit in December remain divided over fundamental issues including a framework for measuring carbon emissions, the envoy of the host nation said, though she believes a deal to cut global warming will be...

  • Deal more important for your health than you realise – WHO

    A new global agreement to combat climate change, expected to be reached in December in Paris, is more important for everyone’s health than many people realise, a senior World Health Organis-ation official said. Apart from the direct impact,...

  • Millenarian olives in Malta

    Millenarian olives in Malta

    The olive tree is a small evergreen tree that grows throughout the Mediterranean area and in parts of the world with a Mediterranean climate, including California, parts of South Africa and parts of Western and South Australia. Olive trees are...

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