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Environment

  • Caribbean corals could vanish in two decades

    Caribbean corals could vanish in two decades

    Most coral reefs in the Caribbean could vanish in the next two decades, hit by the loss of fish and sea urchins that eat a slime of coral-smothering algae, a UN-backed study said yesterday. The review, the most comprehensive to date of Caribbean...

  • Green visionaries

    Green visionaries

    Alexandra Cachia and Peppi Gauci are helping develop new sources of growth and green initiatives in Malta. Melanie Vella shares the green dream. Alexandra Cachia runs campaigns to inform the public how to recycle food and other compostable waste...

  • Coming unstuck

    Coming unstuck

    Adrian Muscat is researching a demand responsive transport system that could reduce traffic congestion and pollution. Sandy Calleja Portelli hitches a ride. Driving along our congested roads is invariably fraught with delays, most journeys taking...

  • Green building solution

    Green building solution

    The EVG-3D constructions system is a 40-year-old construction method that has been proven worldwide. Launched in Malta in 2013, the system is manufactured at JM Vassallo Vibro Steel Limited and over the past year has been adopted in numerous...

  • Taking flight

    Taking flight

    Bad farming practices, habitat loss and climate change are contributing to mass bird decline. However, in many corners of the world, we are witnessing a birding revolution. With 50 million birders in the US and six million in the UK, it’s a...

  • Successful implementation

    Successful implementation

    Until 15 years ago, Electrofix was a one-person show, performing electrical and mechanical jobs. Today it has established itself as one of the leading companies on the island in the electrical and mechanical sector. Having also branched into...

  • The air that we breathe

    The air that we breathe

    A recent World Health Organisation study defined air pollution as the world’s “single biggest environmental health risk”. The report finds that air pollution has killed around seven million people, in both cities and rural areas, thus causing...

  • Innovative quality products

    Founded in 1980, Isomat S.A. is one of the fastest developing manufacturers of building chemicals and premixed mortars in southeast Europe. Its stable growth comes as a result of its innovative and quality products, highly specialised personnel...

  • One step at a time

    One step at a time

    Let’s be honest. We do our best to be kinder to the environment not only to help green up the world, but also because our actions translate into real monetary savings. And yet, we normally associate eco-friendly changes with a bigger outlay to buy...

  • Respecting nature

    Respecting nature

    Organic farming is more than simply not using pesticides: it is an approach that respects the natural environment. Organic farmer Joe Sciberras tells Veronica Stivala why he made the switch. One day, Joe Sciberras and his young son were picking...

  • It’s about freshwater, stupid!

    It’s about freshwater, stupid!

    The proliferation of car washes and other water-guzzling ‘attractions’, such as water parks and manicured roundabouts with unnaturally lush green lawns, seem like our version of Potemkin Village, a fake village built in 1787 by Grigory Potemkin to...

  • Electric fish mystery solved

    Electric fish mystery solved

    Scientists have discovered the secrets behind electric fish, using genetic studies that revealed how these exotic creatures developed an organ that can unleash a wicked jolt. Researchers unveiled a genetic blueprint of the electric eel – a...

  • Alaska humpback whales may lose ‘endangered’ status

    Alaska’s humpback whales swam a little closer to losing their status as an endangered species after being federally protected for more than 40 years, a US agency said. Alaska asked federal fisheries managers to scrap the ‘endangered’...

  • Mouse-like mammal discovered

    A new mammal discovered in the remote desert of Western Africa resembles a long-nosed mouse in appearance but is more closely related genetically to elephants, a California scientist who helped identify the tiny creature said. The new species of...

  • Respecting our beaches

    Respecting our beaches

    Beaches are not only places of relaxation but ecologically important coastal areas. Carolina Pontt Poppa from the Gaia Foundation tells Stephanie Fsadni that, besides enjoying the beach, we should act responsibly to preserve the natural...

  • Summer news

    Eight beaches have once again acquired Blue Flag status: Mellieħa Bay, Għajn Tuffieħa Bay, Ramla l-Ħamra in Gozo, Qawra Point, St George’s Bay in St Julian’s, Buġibba Perched Beach, Fond Għadir in Sliema and Paradise Bay Resort Hotel Beach. Golden...

  • Watch out for jellyfish

    Watch out for jellyfish

    Stephanie Fsadni learns that different jellyfish stings call for different treatments, and that vinegar is not always the best remedy. Here’s where you can find the necessary information. There are about 1,000-1,500 known species of jellyfish in...

  • Mediterranean linseed can become a pest

    Mediterranean linseed can become a pest

    The Mediterranean linseed is an annual plant indigenous to the countries surrounding the Mediterranean but is now found in other areas with a similar climate, including California, parts of Chile and southwestern Australia. In the Maltese islands...

  • Pedestrian streets, back gardens and rodent buffets

    Pedestrian streets, back gardens and rodent buffets

    An inflated sense of entitlement, engendered by ‘minority’ evangelism, seems to be spreading like a virus. Yet another minority group has raised its head, possibly egged on by a rash of interest groups rallying for their dubious ‘rights’ to...

  • Preserving green lungs

    Preserving green lungs

    While careless talk of de-pedestrianising a public open space is of deep concern, a circular on back gardens put out by the planning authority last month has been a welcome piece of news. Back gardens and private open spaces at the back of urban...

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