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Environment

  • Plea for global goal on emissions

    Plea for global goal on emissions

    Countries must set a global goal to slash carbon emissions to unlock more than €42 trillion needed in energy investments to tackle climate change, a report has urged. The World Energy Council study, which draws on insights of more than 2,500...

  • Flooding chaos follows US storms

    Flooding chaos follows US storms

    A line of storms stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes has dumped record rainfall on parts of the US Plains and Midwest, causing major flooding that forced at least 2,000 Texans from their homes. Three deaths were blamed on the...

  • Gunning down silence at Il-Busbesija

    Gunning down silence at Il-Busbesija

    Grain fields at il-Busbesija heights, not far from the Mġarr-Mosta roundabout, are at present full of yellow stubble as farmers wonder whether they should risk planting next year’s crop. These golden fields are now the target for a plan to build a...

  • Antarctic sheet is thinning

    Antarctic sheet is thinning

    Glaciers in part of Antarctica have started to thaw fast, adding to a sea level rise that threatens coasts and cities from New York to Shanghai, a team of scientists said in a study. Another expert in the field, however, immediately cast doubt on...

  • Not just whale food

    Not just whale food

    Scientists have unveiled the most comprehensive analysis ever undertaken of the world’s ocean plankton, the tiny organisms that serve as food for marine creatures such as the blue whale, but also provide half the oxygen we breathe. The researchers...

  • Dog domestication dates revised

    Dog domestication dates revised

    Domestic dogs may have a pedigree that dates back almost 40,000 years to when modern humans started colonising Europe and Asia, new research has shown. Previous studies have indicated that the ancestors of modern-day dogs diverged from wolves no...

  • Auction winner kills rare rhino

    A Texan who bid $350,000 to hunt a black rhinoceros in Africa in what was billed as a conservation fundraiser has killed one of the endangered animals, a Dallas Safari Club official has said. Corey Knowlton, of Dallas, shot a black rhino in...

  • Not all weed is bad for the local environment

    Not all weed is bad for the local environment

    A weed is a plant that grows where it is not wanted. The same concept applies to pests and to dirt which has been described as matter out of place. For a farmer, any plant that grows in sufficient quantities to compete with his crops is a weed.

  • Snake ancestor had ankles and toes

    Snake ancestor had ankles and toes

    Modern snakes had an ancient forest-dwelling forebear with tiny ankles and toes that hunted at night and lived alongside the dinosaurs, say scientists. Researchers came up with a portrait of the ancestral serpent after examining snake DNA and...

  • Putting the cart before the horse

    Putting the cart before the horse

    The proposed nine-hectare (equivalent to 12 full-size football pitches) American University in an Outside Development Zone area in Żonqor has understandably raised the bristles of many, not just of environmentalists, but also of level-headed...

  • Turning the south into one giant scrapyard

    Turning the south into one giant scrapyard

    The south of Malta is renowned for its large concentration of scrapyards, which blight the landscape as mounds of haphazardly-piled up cars in fields in places like Birżebbuġa (the Wied Żembaq scrapyard is the most notorious), Għaxaq, Mqabba and...

  • Ekoskola children discuss solutions for local, global problems at summit

    Ekoskola children discuss solutions for local, global problems at summit

    Over 100 Ekoskola primary and secondary students from 22 schools discussed the Millennium Development Goals and local and global problems and proposed possible solutions at an annual children’s summit. The event at Le Meridien Hotel and Spa, St...

  • Practical training for environmental conservation students

    Practical training for environmental conservation students

    Students on the higher diploma course in environ­mental con­servation at the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology’s Institute of Applied Science participated in a week of practical training activities. The students were introduced to lab...

  • 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...

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