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Environment

  • Natura 2000 management planning

    Natura 2000 management planning

      Who would have thought that an un­remarkable scrubland plant growing on the Pembroke coastline could be of value on a European scale? An isolated population of thorns which produce inconspicuous flowers, and edible although not very tasty fruit,...

  • China urged to show its commitment in UN climate change talks

    China could set a new pace for slow-moving international climate talks by bringing its domestic commitment to fight global warming on to the world stage, the EU’s top climate change official said yesterday. EU Climate Change Commissioner Connie...

  • The scops owl

    The scops owl

    The scops owl is a regular spring and autumn migrant. It breeds in southern Europe and parts of North Africa and to the east, all the way to central Asia. It passes through the Maltese islands from late March to early May and again from early...

  • Retire in Santa Luċija

    Retire in Santa Luċija

    Conflicts of interest is a recurring theme touched upon in this column. Robert Sarsero is a member of the Planning and Environment Review Tribunal to which applicants can appeal decisions taken by the Malta Environment and Planning Authority. He...

  • Smart phone app on jellyfish risk

    Smart phone app on jellyfish risk

    An innovative smartphone application, giving users up-to-date information on the risk of jellyfish occurrence on same beaches, was recently launched. The app provides information on sting treatment for most jellyfish species in Maltese waters,...

  • Guided walk at Foresta 2000

    Guided walk at Foresta 2000

    Bank of Valletta staff and their families recently went on a guided walk of Foresta 2000 at Marfa Ridge in Mellieħa, hosted by Birdlife Malta’s reserves warden Ray Vella. Mr Vella led the participants along trails through areas of steppe, garrigue...

  • Bank renews its support to Dinja Waħda programme

    Bank of Valletta has renewed its support for the Dinja Waħda programme run by Birdlife Malta in local primary schools. The bank has been supporting it since 2007. The programme offers teachers a child-friendly guide with a range of practical,...

  • EU backs measures to fight ‘alien species’

    EU backs measures to fight ‘alien species’

    The European Parliament yesterday backed a law to help keep alien species of plants and wildlife out of Europe and limit their spread in the event they do get in. The new law seeks tougher border controls to introduce an early warning system and...

  • White rockrose

    White rockrose

    The white rockrose is a rare cistus that grows in two or three locations in Malta and Gozo. It is closely related to the hoary rockrose, which has larger pink flowers. This species, found in Southern Europe and North Africa, grows in typical...

  • Massive emission cuts needed

    Massive emission cuts needed

    Massive cuts to greenhouse gas emissions are needed in the next few decades to avoid “dangerous” climate change, a major international report has warned. Output of carbon dioxide and other climate-changing gases has increased in recent years,...

  • Managing energy sustainably

    Managing energy sustainably

    Life cycle analysis is a good eco-design tool for planners, designers and manufacturers. Renewable energy technologies have impacts that cannot be neglected during their life cycle. Payback time can be defined as the time needed to save as much...

  • Resource-efficient lifestyle

    Resource-efficient lifestyle

    There are many ways in which one can make the best use of resources and reduce waste in daily life and in what one chooses to buy. The European Commission’s ongoing campaign Generation Awake provides a number of suggestions. Anything we buy,...

  • Malta’s smallest breeding bird

    Malta’s smallest breeding bird

    The zitting cisticola is a small bird found in southern Europe, Africa and southern Asia, whose range extends to northern Australia. In Europe its range, like that of many other species of birds, insects and plants, is expanding northwards,...

  • A quarter of bumblebees in Europe face extinction

    A quarter of bumblebees in Europe face extinction

    Almost a quarter of Europe’s bumblebees are at risk of extinction due to loss of habitats and climate change, threatening pollination of crops worth billions of dollars, a study has shown. Sixteen of 68 bumblebee species in Europe are at risk, the...

  • What an anticlimax!

    What an anticlimax!

    Much hype and expectation had been generated among NGOs and other people who follow planning developments in Malta about the much-touted launch of the Strategic Plan for Environment and Development (Sped). In a number of fora, such as the Standing...

  • Walk raises €1,200 for nature conservation

    Walk raises €1,200 for nature conservation

    A group of 223 children and adults recently marked the start of spring by taking part in a seven-kilometre Walk for Nature organised by Birdlife Malta that raised €1,200 in aid of nature conservation. The walk is held every year by Klabb Ħuttaf,...

  • 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...

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