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Environment

  • 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...

  • Pupils learn ways to reduce waste

    Pupils learn ways to reduce waste

    Pupils at St Francis School, Victoria, learnt various ways to recycle and reduce waste, especially food waste, during activities organised by the school as part of the European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR). The children visited a supermarket to...

  • Quake Watch

    Quake Watch

    In November, 71 earthquakes having magnitude 3.5 or more occurred in the Mediterranean. The strongest earthquake globally registered magnitude 7.1 and took place on November 15 beneath northern Indonesia’s Molucca Sea. It was followed by numerous...

  • Land reclamation: Potemkin islands?

    Land reclamation: Potemkin islands?

    Scarcity of land, high population density and mountains of stone waste in Malta are some of the proclaimed driving factors behind a debatable notion to build more dwellings on untouched areas presently covered by sea. Land reclamation, the process...

  • Chimps have no human rights

    Chimps have no human rights

    In the first case of its kind, a New York appeals court rejected an animal rights advocate’s bid to extend ‘legal personhood’ to chimpanzees, saying the primates are incapable of bearing the responsibilities that come with having legal rights. A...

  • Plant pollination

    Plant pollination

    A carob tree is either male or female. When it flowers, the male tree needs an insect to transfer the pollen to the flowers of a female tree. Nothing unusual in this because the majority of flowering plants make use of insects to ensure that...

  • Invasion of the species

    Invasion of the species

    Some surprising traffic passes through the Suez Canal each day. Beneath the decks of the giant cargo ships that flow through the man-made channel, innumerable creatures also cross the waters and settle in the Mediterranean Sea, damaging the local...

  • Habitat fear for polar bears

    Habitat fear for polar bears

    Conditions in the Arctic may become critical for polar bears by the end of the century, scientists have warned. Longer ice-free periods due to global warming could rob a quarter of the polar bear population of their habitat, researchers fear. The...

  • Milky waters at Ta’ Xbiex

    Milky waters at Ta’ Xbiex

    The Birkirkara to Ta’ Xbiex section of the national flood relief project channels water from as far away as Wied Incita on the outskirts of Attard. The relevant environment impact assessment (EIA) prepared at project proposal stage anticipated the...

  • The Andromeda galaxy

    The Andromeda galaxy

    The Andromeda galaxy is the closest major galaxy to our Milky Way. It is also the farthest object we can see with the naked eye, at over two million light years away. Like all other galaxies, the diffused light from the Andromeda galaxy is due to...

  • 2014: the hottest year on record?

    2014: the hottest year on record?

    This year may eclipse 2010 as the hottest since records began in the 19th century, a sign long-term global warming is being stoked by rising greenhouse gas emissions, scientists said. The period of January to October 2014 is already among the...

  • The pintail

    The pintail

    The pintail, or silfjun in Maltese, is a regular migrant seen mostly offshore from autumn to spring. It can be seen singly or in very large flocks and sometimes one or more visit Għadira or Simar nature reserves. Usually they stay in the reserves...

  • How vultures survive their food

    How vultures survive their food

    Vultures have evolved extreme digestive systems to cope with their disgusting diet, scientists have discovered. The scavenging birds happily feast on rotting flesh that may be contaminated with faeces yet are immune to the cocktail of deadly bugs...

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