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Environment

  • Klabb Ħuttaf and Dinja Waħda

    Members of Klabb Ħuttaf, Birdlife Malta’s club for young members, receive a regular magazine, in Maltese, full of fun and interesting information and stories about nature and wildlife. Outdoor nature activities and visits are also regularly...

  • Ekoskola students conduct eco-audit of factory

    Ekoskola students conduct eco-audit of factory

    A group of 40 Ekoskola students from seven Green Flag schools recently joined forces to conduct an environmental audit at Playmobil Malta Ltd. The students toured the company’s premises and audited various areas including the production areas, the...

  • Quake Watch

    Quake Watch

    The map shows earthquakes that took place in the Mediterranean region last month. The yellow dots are the epicentres published by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (http://www.emsc-csem.org). None of the earthquakes exceeded...

  • BOV joins Earth Hour

    Bank of Valletta participated in Earth Hour for the third consecutive year by switching off the lights on the façade of the BOV Centre in Fleur-de-Lys on March 29. Towards the end of March, every year since 2007, Earth Hour brings together people...

  • The tadpole shrimp

    The tadpole shrimp

    Tadpole shrimps are small crustaceans that have been around for 300 million years. They are living fossils that have outlived the trilobites, dinosaurs and mammoths and millions of other species. They live in ponds and pools, an unstable habitat...

  • Mars – the Red Planet

    Mars – the Red Planet

    This month, early risers will be treated to the return of the Red Planet in our skies. Mars will appear as a blazing orange/red ‘star’ in the constellation Virgo. It currently rises shortly after sunset, but only reaches its highest point in the...

  • Renewable Energy Sources Research Centre to be set up

    Mcast and the Malta Intelligent Energy Management Agency (Miema) recently signed a memorandum of understanding to set up a joint Renewable Energy Sources Research Centre focusing on renewable energy sources and environmental sustainability...

  • Students do research on energy, water sustainability

    Students do research on energy, water sustainability

    Students from the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology are conducting research on government targets, strategies, policies and good practices on energy and water conservation, renewable energy and electro-mobility. The research is part of...

  • Planning water sustainability

    Planning water sustainability

    On a small island between Africa and Europe, a lens of fresh water underlying the rocky land is becoming smaller, saltier and more polluted by the year. With a succession of short-sighted administrations at the helm and still no monetary charge to...

  • The Sicilian squill

    The Sicilian squill

    The Sicilian squill is a perennial plant endemic to Malta, Sicily and Calabria in southern Italy. The plant grows from an underground bulb that can survive in shallow soils in valleys, garigue and maquis. In Sicily and mainland Italy it is a very...

  • Goats smarter than they might appear

    Goats smarter than they might appear

    Goats are much smarter than they might appear at first glance, a study has shown. The animals quickly learn how to solve complex tasks and have “excellent” long-term memories, say scientists. Researchers trained a group of goats to retrieve food...

  • 2013 sixth-warmest year on record

    2013 sixth-warmest year on record

    Much of the extreme weather that wreaked havoc in Asia, Europe and the Pacific region last year can be blamed on human-induced climate change, the UN weather agency has said. The World Meteorological Organisation’s annual assessment said 2013 was...

  • Rainfall shifts have curbed sea level rise, not pause in global warming

    Heavy rains from the Amazon to Australia have curbed sea level rise so far this century by shifting water from the oceans to land, according to a study that rejects theories that the slowdown is tied to a pause in global warming. Sea level rise...

  • Those nasty trees in Qala

    Those nasty trees in Qala

    Qala mayor Clint Camilleri recently wrote on his Facebook page that the long-awaited works in Qala parish square could finally start as the local council already had permits to uproot the palm trees on site, while permits to uproot the remaining...

  • Climate change warning over crops

    Future heatwaves could threaten key global food crops if climate change is not addressed, according to a British study. Researchers came to the conclusion after estimating the effects of extreme temperatures and raised carbon dioxide levels on...

  • Energy demand a threat to strained water supplies

    Energy demand a threat to strained water supplies

    Rising demand for energy, from biofuels to shale gas, is a threat to freshwater supplies that are already under strain from climate change, the UN said in a report yesterday. It urged energy companies to do more to limit use of water in everything...

  • South African daisy

    South African daisy

    The South African daisy is a popular cultivated plant, which has been planted widely in gardens, in soft areas along roads and in other public places in recent years. So I was not too surprised when I saw it growing profusely along the side of...

  • 19 new species of praying mantis found

    19 new species of praying mantis found

    Nineteen new species of a tree-living praying mantis family have been discovered, tripling the group’s diversity at a stroke. The bark mantises from Central and South America were found in tropical forests and among specimens kept in museums. Many...

  • China vows to clean up 60% of cities by 2020

    China vows to clean up 60% of cities by 2020

    China pledged that it will make sure that 60 per cent of its cities meet national pollution standards by 2020, with pressure growing to make cities liveable as hundreds of millions of migrants are expected to relocate from the countryside. China’s...

  • France curbs Paris drivers to combat dangerous smog

    France curbs Paris drivers to combat dangerous smog

    France introduced driving restrictions in Paris yesterday to tackle dangerous pollution levels, the first such ban for 20 years as politicians try to get rid of health-threatening smog days before municipal elections. Paris is more prone to smog...

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