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Environment

  • Coldest place on Earth

    East Antarctica has set a global record for soul-crushing cold, according to newly analysed data. The remote region plunged as low as -94.7˚C in August 2010, the Nasa satellite data revealed. Then on July 31 this year, it came close again, at...

  • Saving the drying Dead Sea

    Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority have signed a water-sharing agreement that includes the building of a desalination plant on the Gulf of Aqaba and a pilot study for a pipeline linking the Red Sea with the Dead Sea, the World Bank...

  • The yellow-legged gull

    I regularly visit the Għadira Nature Reserve to see which birds have flown in and to take pictures. Last Sunday, as soon as I got there, a man came to the reserve’s reception centre and informed the weekend wardens that there were two large birds...

  • Ancient farming may curb extinction of animals, plants

    Ancient farming practices, such as raising fish in rice paddies in China or Aboriginal Australian fire controls, will get a new lease of life under plans to slow extinctions of animals and plants, experts said yesterday. Turning to traditional...

  • Transition to a green energy future

    Another climate conference has gone by. Now in its 20th year, the United Nations convention seeking international cooperation on keeping the planet’s temperature liveable has not had a smooth ride. With one more meeting to go in Lima next year,...

  • Quake watch

    As many as 70 earthquakes shook the central and eastern Mediterranean last month. Some of these earthquakes occurred inland in countries such as Italy, Albania, Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Greece and Turkey, whereas others took place offshore...

  • How seismographs measure earthquakes

    Seismologists use a seismograph to observe and study ground motion at a particular location. The instrument generally consists of two parts: a sensitive ground motion detector, called seismometer, and a recording system. All seismometers are based...

  • New volcanic island off Japan

    A volcanic eruption recently created a new island in the Pacific Ocean, 1,000 kilometres south of Tokyo, Japan. Before the island emerged at the surface of the ocean on November 21, the volcano structure had been rising slowly from the ocean...

  • A comet’s demise

    From billions of kilometres away, comet ISON recently embarked on a dangerous journey near the sun, but it ventured too close. NASA are currently investigating what is left of the comet, which forms part of the so-called ‘sungrazing’ group of...

  • Legal fight to give chimps rights

    An animal rights group is fighting for chimpanzees in the US to be given rights as legal people so they are ensured better treatment. Nonhuman Rights Project, a non-profit group founded by Massachusetts lawyer Steven Wise, is applying to New York...

  • Africa’s elephants are under threat

    An estimated 22,000 elephants were illegally killed across Africa in 2012, slightly lower than the 25,000 elephants poached in 2011, a report by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, or Cites, told the Botswana...

  • Fresh hope for stranded whales

    Most of the pilot whales that were stranded in the Florida Everglades swam into deeper water on Thursday while rescuers tried to chase the rest out to sea by banging on pipes and revving their boat engines. Wildlife workers had hoped the cacophony...

  • Wolfish social skills

    Wolves have social skills that may have contributed to their domestication thousands of years ago, research suggests. They can learn where food is hidden by watching humans, and recognise when an attempt is made to fool them. When early humans...

  • Black-headed gull

    So many people in Malta say that there are no birds to see. They could not be more wrong. They only have to visit one of the bays or harbours in winter to watch gulls, terns and other seabirds. The good thing about gulls and other seabirds is that...

  • Mystery solved

    Male koala bears really know how to big themselves up to impress the ladies. They possess an extra voice organ that allows them to sound as large as an elephant, scientists have discovered. Experts had been puzzled by the fact that the male...

  • Commitment to a better environment

    As a company at the forefront of environmental promotion, Citadel’s staff not only took part in Car Free Day by car-sharing, catching the bus, walking or using the ferries, but they also used the money they saved as a donation to the Hospice...

  • Kissing ODZ goodbye – 3

    This is the third and last article in a short series that sheds light on the implications of the proposed amendments to Outside Development Zone policies. This article focuses on the expected proliferation of agricultural stores, slaughterhouses,...

  • 88 primary schools to collect bottle caps for L-Istrina 2013

    Greenpak Coop Society recently launched the third edition of its Irriċkla għall-Istrina initiative, which aims to collect funds for the upcoming L-Istrina 2013 fundraising campaign for local charities by gathering and recycling plastic bottle caps.

  • Students go out to spread environmental awareness in Qormi industrial estate

    Form 2 students of St Ignatius College’s Girls’ Secondary School recently walked to the nearby Qormi industrial estate to meet workers and owners of companies operating there in an effort to raise awareness about what could be done to reduce waste...

  • Xewkija primary awarded Green Flag for third time

    For the third consecutive time, Gozo College’s Xewkija Primary School has been awarded the Green Flag, a prestigious international award presented to eco-schools for their efforts to promote an environmental and sustainable developmental education...

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