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Environment

  • The squacco heron

    The squacco heron

    The squacco heron is one of the smaller herons that visit the Maltese islands. It breeds in small colonies in trees in southern Europe, the Middle East and other parts of Asia as well as in Africa, north and south of the Sahara. The European...

  • University Matters

    University Matters

    In an interview with Patricia Camilleri for University Matters on Campus FM 103.7, Dr Joseph Borg describes what seagrass habitat is and its importance to the marine environment in Maltese waters. He also outlines the main objectives of the...

  • The planets in May

    The planets in May

    Saturn, the ringed planet, reaches its brightest point on Saturday-Sunday night in the constellation of Libra. This is called opposition, and on such a day, being opposite the sun in the sky, Saturn will rise at sunset and set on the following...

  • Latest Entomology Bulletin published

    Latest Entomology Bulletin published

    The latest edition of the Entomology Bulletin includes details and photos 17 different species of dragonflies and damselflies that are native to the Maltese islands, including one species that has never before been recorded in Maltese...

  • Musing on maritime Malta

    Musing on maritime Malta

    European Maritime Day (May 21), which was celebrated in Malta last year, is the perfect red letter day to reflect on the oft-overlooked marine and maritime legacy of the Maltese archipelago. In an island state like ours, whose territorial waters...

  • Litter-infested sea bed resembles rubbish tip

    Litter-infested sea bed resembles rubbish tip

    Study finds huge quantities of plastic objects, fishing gear and other human waste at bottom of Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic and Arctic oceans Many areas of the sea bed resemble a rubbish dump filled with bottles, plastic bags, discarded fishing...

  • Natura 2000 management planning

    Natura 2000 management planning

      Who would have thought that an un­remarkable scrubland plant growing on the Pembroke coastline could be of value on a European scale? An isolated population of thorns which produce inconspicuous flowers, and edible although not very tasty fruit,...

  • China urged to show its commitment in UN climate change talks

    China could set a new pace for slow-moving international climate talks by bringing its domestic commitment to fight global warming on to the world stage, the EU’s top climate change official said yesterday. EU Climate Change Commissioner Connie...

  • The scops owl

    The scops owl

    The scops owl is a regular spring and autumn migrant. It breeds in southern Europe and parts of North Africa and to the east, all the way to central Asia. It passes through the Maltese islands from late March to early May and again from early...

  • Retire in Santa Luċija

    Retire in Santa Luċija

    Conflicts of interest is a recurring theme touched upon in this column. Robert Sarsero is a member of the Planning and Environment Review Tribunal to which applicants can appeal decisions taken by the Malta Environment and Planning Authority. He...

  • Smart phone app on jellyfish risk

    Smart phone app on jellyfish risk

    An innovative smartphone application, giving users up-to-date information on the risk of jellyfish occurrence on same beaches, was recently launched. The app provides information on sting treatment for most jellyfish species in Maltese waters,...

  • Guided walk at Foresta 2000

    Guided walk at Foresta 2000

    Bank of Valletta staff and their families recently went on a guided walk of Foresta 2000 at Marfa Ridge in Mellieħa, hosted by Birdlife Malta’s reserves warden Ray Vella. Mr Vella led the participants along trails through areas of steppe, garrigue...

  • Bank renews its support to Dinja Waħda programme

    Bank of Valletta has renewed its support for the Dinja Waħda programme run by Birdlife Malta in local primary schools. The bank has been supporting it since 2007. The programme offers teachers a child-friendly guide with a range of practical,...

  • EU backs measures to fight ‘alien species’

    EU backs measures to fight ‘alien species’

    The European Parliament yesterday backed a law to help keep alien species of plants and wildlife out of Europe and limit their spread in the event they do get in. The new law seeks tougher border controls to introduce an early warning system and...

  • White rockrose

    White rockrose

    The white rockrose is a rare cistus that grows in two or three locations in Malta and Gozo. It is closely related to the hoary rockrose, which has larger pink flowers. This species, found in Southern Europe and North Africa, grows in typical...

  • Massive emission cuts needed

    Massive emission cuts needed

    Massive cuts to greenhouse gas emissions are needed in the next few decades to avoid “dangerous” climate change, a major international report has warned. Output of carbon dioxide and other climate-changing gases has increased in recent years,...

  • Managing energy sustainably

    Managing energy sustainably

    Life cycle analysis is a good eco-design tool for planners, designers and manufacturers. Renewable energy technologies have impacts that cannot be neglected during their life cycle. Payback time can be defined as the time needed to save as much...

  • Resource-efficient lifestyle

    Resource-efficient lifestyle

    There are many ways in which one can make the best use of resources and reduce waste in daily life and in what one chooses to buy. The European Commission’s ongoing campaign Generation Awake provides a number of suggestions. Anything we buy,...

  • Malta’s smallest breeding bird

    Malta’s smallest breeding bird

    The zitting cisticola is a small bird found in southern Europe, Africa and southern Asia, whose range extends to northern Australia. In Europe its range, like that of many other species of birds, insects and plants, is expanding northwards,...

  • A quarter of bumblebees in Europe face extinction

    A quarter of bumblebees in Europe face extinction

    Almost a quarter of Europe’s bumblebees are at risk of extinction due to loss of habitats and climate change, threatening pollination of crops worth billions of dollars, a study has shown. Sixteen of 68 bumblebee species in Europe are at risk, the...

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