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Environment

  • Quake Watch

    Quake Watch

    A magnitude 6.5 earthquake that struck Greece on November 17 was felt in Malta. Reports submitted to the Seismic Monitoring and Research Group website were mostly from people living in the central and northern parts of Malta. This is a case where...

  • Bargeman’s cabbage

    Bargeman’s cabbage

    The bargeman’s cabbage is a common annual plant that flowers from late autumn to late spring. It belongs to the cabbage or mustard family which is known to botanists as Brassicaceae. This family includes many plants of agricultural and...

  • Global soil loss a rising threat to food production

    One-third of the world’s arable land has been lost to soil erosion or pollution in the last 40 years, and preserving topsoil is crucial for feeding a growing population, scientists said in research published during climate change talks in...

  • Defying criticism, Japan to resume whaling in Antarctic

    Defying criticism, Japan to resume whaling in Antarctic

    Japan’s whaling fleet is preparing to leave for the Antarctic for a three-month hunt despite protests from opponents who say Tokyo has not proved that whales need to be killed for research. The announcement comes days after Japan submitted its...

  • World leaders seek new pathto slow the planet’s warming

    World leaders seek new pathto slow the planet’s warming

    In the waning days of what is set to be the hottest year on record, world leaders are meeting on the outskirts of Paris for a summit that seeks nothing less than to steer the global economy away from its ever-growing reliance on fossil fuels. The...

  • Surprise! Agricultural stores are sprouting like mushrooms

    ‘I told you so’ must be one of the most hated and paternalistic clichés in the English language, but its use is perfectly justified in the circumstances. Environmental NGOs can, in fact, shout the phrase out loud in view of way the revised Outside...

  • Swimming pools on ridges in Gozo?

    Swimming pools on ridges in Gozo?

    On two occasions in this column I had commented about planning application PA1822/14 proposing the construction of a dwelling with a swimming pool on a ridge along Marsalforn Road, Xagħra. The application is objectionable for various reasons, some...

  • Kunċizzjoni dumping

    Kunċizzjoni dumping

    This recreational area at Kunċizzjoni, limits of Rabat, is constantly used as a dumping ground. Rabat local council has been alerted so as to consider taking some measures to try to prevent further dumping on site.

  • Imġiebaħ nature walk

    Imġiebaħ nature walk

    Birdlife Malta held a nature walk to Imġiebaħ Valley. It started at Selmun Palace and proceeded along the path in the garigue above the valley leading to the first apiaries were the first beehives were built. Participants then followed the pathway...

  • Winter constellations

    Winter constellations

    The night sky in December sees the late summer/autumn con­stellations stand out soon after sunset. It also welcomes some familiar winter constellations as well as the bright planet Jupiter – which rises by late evening around the last two weeks of...

  • Evergreen Traveller’s Joy

    Evergreen Traveller’s Joy

    There is a plant flowering right now in the Maltese countryside, the Evergreen Traveller’s Joy that is a harbinger of the coming festive days. It grows entwined around any suitable structure with shiny leaves and greenish-white bell-like flowers...

  • 2015 to be hottest on record

    2015 to be hottest on record

    This year will be the hottest on record and 2016 could be hotter due to the El Niño weather pattern, the World Meteorological Organisation said yesterday, warning inaction on climate change could see temperatures rise by 6˚C or more. But decisions...

  • Poor nations face soaring costs if warming limit is exceeded

    Developing nations could suffer economic losses of $1.7 trillion per year by 2050 unless a new UN deal paves the way for stronger action to curb global warming and more aid for coping with climate change impacts, anti-poverty charity Oxfam...

  • Gecko’s wall-walking talent

    Gecko’s wall-walking talent

    Geckos boast one of the most impressive talents of any animal: the ability to scamper up a smooth wall or across a ceiling with ease. How do they do it? Well, it is all in the genes. Scientists said they have sequenced the genome of the gecko...

  • Unicef highlights impact of climate change on children

    Unicef highlights impact of climate change on children

    Governments meeting in Paris next week must agree a strong new deal to curb global warming because they owe it to the world’s children, with hundreds of millions highly exposed to the impacts of climate change, the UN children’s agency...

  • Hunting and building in Gozo

    Hunting and building in Gozo

    An action plan for Dwejra, Gozo, which was approved in 2005, in­cluded a larger bird sanctuary and protected core zone. Yet the area’s status has remained unchanged. On World Environment Day, June 5, 2013, a group of international students were...

  • Ekoskola students hold summit on climate change

    Ekoskola students hold summit on climate change

    At a summit at Dar l-Ewropa, Valletta, Ekoskola students from various schools gave a series of presentations about climate change and increasing global temperatures and the little things people can do to help tackle the problem. Suggestions...

  • Environmental education programme reaches 80% of local primary schools

    Environmental education programme reaches 80% of local primary schools

    Ninety-two local schools, including over 80 per cent of Malta’s primary schools, participated in Birdlife Malta’s Dinja Waħda environmental education programme during the last scholastic year. At the programme’s prize-giving ceremony, more than...

  • ‘European Garden’ planted at Xrobb l-Għagin park

    ‘European Garden’ planted at Xrobb l-Għagin park

    A ‘European Garden’ was planted at Xrobb l-Għagin Nature Park and Sustainable Development Centre, Marsaxlokk. It includes 28 trees, representing each EU member state. It was opened by Karmenu Vella, Euro­pean Commissioner for the Environment, as...

  • International meeting on sustainable pollination

    Experts from 30 countries par­­ti­ci­pated in a conference, work­­­shops and management com­mittee meet­ings related to an EU-funded Cost action entitled ‘Sustainable pol­lination in Europe – joint re­search on bees and other pol­li­nators’...

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