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  • 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’...

  • St Monica students tap into HSBC water conservation programme

    St Monica students tap into HSBC water conservation programme

    Students at St Monica School, Bir­kirkara, have swapped disposable water bottles with 1,000 plastic flasks as part of the HSBC water conservation programme Catch the Drop campaign. A water conservation sticker urge users to close taps and save...

  • Major grant for University geoscientist

    Major grant for University geoscientist

    Aaron Micallef, a senior lecturer at the University of Malta’s Department of Geosciences, has been awarded a prestigious research grant worth close to €1.7 million to investigate offshore groundwater systems. The European Research Council (ERC)...

  • Fungi kingdom

    Fungi kingdom

    Autumn is the best time to find mushrooms in the Maltese countryside. Humid soil and relatively warm weather induces several species to produce fruiting bodies – the part with which we are most familiar. But we should not make the mistake of...

  • Crafty cross-dressing birds seen stealing their rivals’ girlfriends

    Crafty cross-dressing birds seen stealing their rivals’ girlfriends

    Cross-dressing may not be a widely recognised courtship strategy but it works for one species of Eurasian wading bird. Certain male ruffs have been found to mimic females in order to get close to their love interest while avoiding the...

  • France to limit UN climate summit to core negotiations

    France to limit UN climate summit to core negotiations

    France will limit a UN climate summit in Paris starting in two weeks’ time to core negotiations and cancel celebrations after the attacks that killed 129 people, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said. Valls said no foreign leaders had asked France to...

  • El Niño strengthening among biggest on record

    The El Niño weather pattern, a phenomenon associated with extreme droughts, storms and floods, is expected to strengthen before the end of the year and become one of the strongest on record, the UN weather agency said. The World Meteorological...

  • Slide of Greenland glacier quickens, raising sea levels

    Slide of Greenland glacier quickens, raising sea levels

    A glacier in northeast Greenland, with enough ice to raise world ocean levels by 50cm, has begun to slide faster towards the sea, extending ice losses to all corners of the vast remote island, a study showed. Warmer water temperatures meant the...

  • Liam Neeson ‘gives ice a voice’ in film

    Liam Neeson ‘gives ice a voice’ in film

    Actor Liam Neeson takes on the role of ‘ice’ in the latest in a series of short films about the importance of nature. The film, produced by charity Conservation International, aims to highlight the plight of the important and threatened ice caps,...

  • A more lasting way of respecting the legacy of Malta’s British period

    A more lasting way of respecting the legacy of Malta’s British period

    November 2015 will surely be seared in the annals of Malta’s history as the month punctuated by high-profile, international meetings, with the Valletta Summit and this year’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) rendering our islands...

  • The universal Churchyard Beetle in Malta

    The universal Churchyard Beetle in Malta

    The Churchyard Beetle (Blaps gigas, Ħanfusa tal-kantina) is one of the largest beetles inhabiting the Maltese islands. Most individual specimens can grow up to 35mm long but the largest specimens recorded on isolated islets such as Selmunett were...

  • Birdlife nature walk on Comino

    Birdlife nature walk on Comino

    Birdlife Malta held a day’s outing to Comino for a group of adults that included a visit to Santa Marija Tower and the Santa Marija Gun Battery. The event also included a demonstration at Birdlife’s ringing station at Wied l-Aħmar. Participants...

  • Malta’s submerged living assets

    Malta’s submerged living assets

    Alan Deidun will give a lecture entitled ‘The submerged living assets of the Maltese islands’ on Thursday at 6.30pm at Din l-Art Ħelwa’s premises, 133, Melita Street, Valletta. He will give an overview of the Mediterranean’s marine biodiversity...

  • Carbon emissions fall in 11 of G20 members

    Carbon emissions fall in 11 of G20 members

    Greenhouse gas emissions per capita are falling in 11 of the group of 20 major economies, a turning point for tackling climate change, a study showed. The report, by a new organisation of scientists and other experts called Climate Transparency,...

  • Water shortage projected in areas where 2bn people live

    Large swathes of the northern hemisphere could suffer water shortages due to shrinking snowpacks, researchers said. Data shows reduced snowpacks – the seasonal accumulation of snow – will likely imperil water supplies by 2060 in regions from...

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