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Environment

  • Farming outside the box

    Farming outside the box

    For some years now an increasing number of people worldwide are finding the conventional system of how we produce food to be unsustainable and at crisis point. People in their teens, 20s, and 30s today live under the shadow of climate change,...

  • Grey water recycling system, green roof project at Mcast

    Grey water recycling system, green roof project at Mcast

    A grey water recycling system and a green roof have been installed at the Institute of Applied Science of the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology, Paola. Grey water collected from the washhand basins of the institute’s five-story...

  • Pesticides may be leading to shortage of crop pollinators

    Pesticides may be leading to shortage of crop pollinators

    Evidence is mounting that widely-used pesticides harm moths, butterflies and birds, as well as bees, adding to concerns crop production could be hit by a shortage of pollinators, according to a report drawn up for EU policymakers. The European...

  • Every bird shot in spring is one nest less

    Every bird shot in spring is one nest less

    There a many reasons for voting no in next Saturday’s referendum, one of the main ones being that those who do not hunt want to be able to visit the countryside at the best time of the year without feeling threatened by the presence of thousands...

  • Gibbons studied for language clues

    Gibbons studied for language clues

    Scientists are fathoming out the secret language of funky gibbons. The Asian apes are renowned for their loud musical songs, but also produce distinctive soft calls known as ‘hoos’. Now new research has shown that they use these whispers to...

  • Sardine numbers plummet in US

    Plummeting sardine populations could lead to a complete ban on harvesting the small oily fish off the US West Coast starting later this year, officials with the Pacific Fishery Management Council said. Decimated by overfishing, sardine numbers in...

  • The shape of towns to come

    The shape of towns to come

    The needs of a growing population inevitably lead to an increase in urbanisation. Malta is no exception. Indeed, in an island where space is at a premium, it’s no easy task to strike a happy medium between creating more homes and improving the...

  • Our feathered friends

    Our feathered friends

    Occasionally, a happy flock of sparrows visits my veranda. They flit around searching for food. Now I know that sparrows are not exactly exotic birds by any means but I find these little creatures very entertaining to watch. Which explains why I’m...

  • App and down the nature trail

    App and down the nature trail

    Nature and technology don’t usually hold hands. Picture it: you’re enjoying your Sunday afternoon walk in the countryside. Birds are chirping, shadows are chasing little furry things in the undergrowth and you’re on your way to breaking the record...

  • Trees of life

    Trees of life

    First organised in 2011, the European Tree of the Year was inspired by the Tree of the Year contest organised in the Czech Republic by the Czech Environmental Partnership Foundation. The main aim of the European Tree of the Year contest is to...

  • The economic cost of climate change

    The economic cost of climate change

    The Global Environment Change ConferenceGodfrey Baldacchino and Charles Galdies There are clear economic and labour market impacts associated with global environmental change. How are these impacts nuanced on small island states and territories...

  • Don’t leaf them be

    Don’t leaf them be

    A few weeks ago, it was reported that carob trees have been dying as a result of a beetle that is causing the trees’ leaves to dry up and sometimes leading to the tree shedding all its leaves. Sadly, the carob tree is not the only victim. A huge...

  • Is more farmland set to go down the drain?

    Is more farmland set to go down the drain?

    Foodwise, the Maltese islands constantly skate on thin ice. Local fields produce less than a fifth of what the population consumes, with the lion’s share of our food being imported. Agricultural production in this country hinges on an average soil...

  • Researchers take part in geophysical investigation

    Researchers take part in geophysical investigation

    Sebastiano D’Amico and Daniela Farrugia from the University of Malta’s Seismic Monitoring and Research Unit spent nine days in Messina, Sicily on a collaboration with the University of Messina. Together with Sicilian researchers, they conducted a...

  • A green innovation challenge for youths

    A green innovation challenge for youths

    A competition is being held for young people to come up with a green innovation solution to an environmental problem affecting Malta. Winners will be awarded an overseas trip related to environmental innovation and all finalists will be featured...

  • Quake Watch

    Quake Watch

    A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 on the Richter Scale struck beneath Papua New Guinea in the southern Pacific Ocean in the early hours of March 30 (largest red circle on the global map). A tsunami warning was issued for the countries...

  • Collared dove

    Collared dove

    The collared dove is a regular breeder in the Maltese islands. It bred for the first time in 2003 at Santa Marija Estate in Mellieħa but now it is breeding in many other areas. It builds its nest in trees close to urban areas, often close to...

  • Tiny bird in mighty feat

    The blackpoll warbler accomplishes a mighty big feat for such a little bird. Scientists documented how this songbird that weighs 12g completes an arduous non-stop flight over the Atlantic Ocean from forests in New England and eastern Canada to...

  • Tropics study brings thunder

    Tropics study brings thunder

    Increasingly powerful thunderstorms may be largely responsible for greater rainfall in the tropics as the earth warms, research has shown. Thunderstorms are known to play an important role in keeping the tropics wet, delivering almost half of all...

  • Antarctic ice shelf loss ‘quicker’

    Antarctic ice shelf loss ‘quicker’

    Floating ice shelves fringing Antarctica have thinned by almost a fifth in some areas over nearly two decades, research shows. Satellite observations have revealed that the ice loss is accelerating. Total ice shelf volume around the continent...

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