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Environment

  • Quake Watch

    Quake Watch

    During June, most of the largest global earthquakes struck in the Pacific and Indian oceans. No casualties were reported in any of the quakes. All the epicentres, except the one in Kyrgyzstan, lie on the ‘Ring of Fire’. Kyrgyzstan lies in the...

  • The gourd ladybird

    The gourd ladybird

    Many species of animals and plants are closely linked together. In some cases the relationship benefits one species only while, in others, both species benefit from the relationship. This often means that if one species had to disappear, the other...

  • Why nature knows best

    Why nature knows best

    Next time you drive past a roadside verge take a close look. Do any wild flowers grow there? Has that little patch of nature escaped the attention of men with motorised scythes (or herbicides) often seen in use on our highways and byways? If you...

  • Summer nights planetary parade in July

    Summer nights planetary parade in July

    Any casual look at the evening night sky around this time will show a very bright orange ‘star’ to the south. That is the planet Mars which has been drawing closer to the Earth throughout spring. Past its closest point, just around the time of its...

  • Wied Għollieqa clean-up

    Wied Għollieqa clean-up

    Students studying Environmental Conservation and Sustainability at the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology, together with lecturer Eman Calleja spent half a day doing conservation work at Wied Għollieqa Nature Reserve, managed by Nature...

  • Ozone layer over Antarctica on the mend

    Ozone layer over Antarctica on the mend

    The hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica appears to be healing, say scientists. Recovery of the hole has varied from year to year, partly because of the effects of volcanic eruptions. Now after taking account of volcanic influence, scientists...

  • Will Gozitans be listened to?

    Will Gozitans be listened to?

    It’s been a long wait, 14 years to be precise, but finally the recommendation from the Planning Directorate regarding application PA 03798/02 for the proposed development of a destination port, comprising a hotel, yacht marina and a tourist...

  • EU greenhouse gas emissions drop nearly a quarter since 1990 – EAA

    Greenhouse gas emissions across the European Union have fallen by almost a quarter since 1990, official figures show. Emissions fell 4.1 per cent in 2014, the most recent year of data published by the European Environment Agency (EEA). This was...

  • Brexit environmental barometer

    Brexit environmental barometer

    The fate of Britain this week will be decided on many issues but it is the environment that is central to the British quality of life. An environmental impact assessment on Britain’s exit from the European Union was under way well before the...

  • Malta at Jellyfish Bloom Symposium

    Malta at Jellyfish Bloom Symposium

    Alan Deidun from the Univerisity of Malta’s Department of Geosciences and coordinator of the Spot the Jellyfish campaign participated in the fifth edition of the International Jellyfish Bloom Symposium at the Barcelona Aquarium, Spain. He...

  • Maltese students impress at YRE international competition

    Maltese students impress at YRE international competition

    Julia Scerri, from St Monica School, Gżira, and Kurt Micallef from St Margaret College Secondary School, Verdala, both placed second in the international Young Reporters for the Environment photography category, in the 11-14 and 15-18 age groups...

  • Environmental recognition for 47 schools

    Environmental recognition for 47 schools

    Internationally-recognised environmental awards were recently presented to 47 local schools in a ceremony organised by Nature Trust (Malta) and presided over by President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca at the Palace, Valletta. The Ekoskola green flag...

  • Ekoskola session in Parliament

    Ekoskola session in Parliament

    Eighty-four students from 42 schools involved in the Ekoskola programme attended a parliamentary session to propose concrete actions to combat climate change to MPs from both sides of the House. The recommendations included measures to promote...

  • Coral reefs ‘can survive’

    Coral reefs ‘can survive’

    Surprising “bright spots” where coral reefs are flourishing against the odds despite overfishing and environmental pressure have given new hope to conservationists. Experts believe they could shine a light on better ways to protect embattled coral...

  • Give beaches a break in summer

    Give beaches a break in summer

    With each bathing season we get the usual agonising reports of heavy machinery being used on beaches, mainly to clear deposits of dead Posidonia oceanica (a seagrass, not a seaweed) litter or to bury mounds of pebbles lest they interfere with...

  • Five-year research project boosts Malta’s marine protected areas

    Five-year research project boosts Malta’s marine protected areas

    Malta might not be the richest natural place in the world, but when it comes to seabirds, these islands play quite an important role in the global biodiversity scene. Malta is home to large numbers of three seabird species that are declining and...

  • Forest fires and logging threaten India's progress on climate goals

    Forest fires and logging threaten India's progress on climate goals

    Since the end of April, fires in parts of India's northern states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh have destroyed or damaged 26,000 hectares of forests, and killed three people, officials say. The forest fires, touched off by timber smugglers,...

  • How tiny bits of plastic harm fish

    How tiny bits of plastic harm fish

    Scientists have demonstrated for the first time the devastating physiological and behavioural effects on fish exposed to the tiny bits of plastic pollution clogging the world’s oceans. Lab experiments with European perch larvae showed exposure to...

  • Norway becomes first country to pledge zero deforestation

    Norway becomes first country to pledge zero deforestation

    Norway has become the first country in the world to commit to zero deforestation, with MPs introducing rules ensuring procurement supply chains do not contribute to rainforest depletion.  The regulatory changes follow the country's pledge at the...

  • 200 bag of litter collected in Ghar Lapsi cleanup

    200 bag of litter collected in Ghar Lapsi cleanup

    Ghar Lapsi's stunning setting was given a facelift last week thanks to a cleanup organised by a local e-gaming company.  Unibet employees collected over 200 rubbish bags of litter in a five-hour cleanup of the southern bay, collecting anything...

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