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  • European scouts’ Farm2Fork youth exchange held in Malta

    European scouts’ Farm2Fork youth exchange held in Malta

    Thirty-two Rover scouts from Malta, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Romania and Spain took part in a week-long camp in Malta and Gozo as part of an Erasmusplus youth exchange project entitled Farm2Fork. Project manager Josmar Azzopardi said the project went...

  • ‘Fewer trees than ever’

    ‘Fewer trees than ever’

    Earth is home to just over three trillion trees – the redwoods of California, the olive trees of Tunisia, the cherry trees of Japan, the eucalyptus of Australia and so many more – but they are being lost at an alarming rate because of human...

  • Carbon dioxide emissions from tourism 'to increase by more than 300%'

    Carbon dioxide emissions from tourism 'to increase by more than 300%'

    Carbon dioxide emissions from global tourism could increase by more than 300 per cent by the end of the century, research suggests. The study found the majority of the predicted increase in greenhouse gases associated with tourism between 2010 and...

  • El Ñiño ‘to be among the strongest since 1950’

    The current El Ñiño weather pattern may be on track to become one of the strongest in more than half a century, according to experts at the World Meteorological Organisation. The El Ñiño event involves a shift in winds in the Pacific Ocean along...

  • Barack Obama hikes to melting Alaska glacier to sound climate change warning

    Barack Obama hikes to melting Alaska glacier to sound climate change warning

    US President Barack Obama stared down a melting glacier in Alaska in a dramatic use of his presidential pulpit to sound the alarm on climate change. From a distance, Exit Glacier appears as a river of white and blue flowing down through the...

  • Thirsty Middle East faces worsening water stress

    Thirsty Middle East faces worsening water stress

    Nearly half of 33 countries expected to face extremely high water stress by 2040 are in the Middle East, where surface water is limited and demand is high, said experts who ranked 167 nations. Thirteen Middle Eastern countries and the Palestinian...

  • ‘Smart’ solar palm trees power Wi-Fi, phones in Dubai

    A new species of palm tree has started sprouting around Dubai. But instead of producing dates, the fronds of the Smart Palm harness the sun’s energy to allow people to look up city information, access Wi-Fi, and charge their phones, all for...

  • Recycling: fashion’s antidote to environmental concerns

    Recycling: fashion’s antidote to environmental concerns

    Hennes & Mauritz, the world’s second-biggest fashion retailer, is launching a new effort to promote recycling as it seeks to cut its environmental impact, boost its ethical credentials and address looming shortages of raw materials. The move comes...

  • TTIP deal – a race to the bottom

    TTIP deal – a race to the bottom

    On August 16, Friends of the Earth Malta and the Front against TTIP (2014) organised a protest in Valletta objecting to a shady US-EU trade deal. The event was linked to hundreds of other demonstrations across Europe that have been held this year...

  • Perseid meteor shower, lunar eclipse

    Perseid meteor shower, lunar eclipse

    The Perseid meteor shower reached its maximum intensity on the night of August 12 to 13. Many people all over the world, including Malta, saw them with their naked eyes. These shooting stars are popularly known as the ‘Tears of St Lawrence’ – a...

  • Rise of termites in Malta

    Rise of termites in Malta

    Termites have been known to exist in the Maltese islands as early as the Roman period and are mentioned in literature during the Knights and British colonisation. However, they were scientifically recorded early in the 1970s by Guido Lanfranco. As...

  • Knut the polar bear’s cause of death discovered by scientists

    Knut the polar bear’s cause of death discovered by scientists

    Scientists in Germany say they have finally figured out what killed Knut, the polar bear who became a worldwide celebrity. Knut drowned four years ago after swelling of his brain caused him to collapse and fall into his enclosure’s pool at Berlin...

  • Concern over plastic waste and its impact on the sea

    Concern over plastic waste and its impact on the sea

    Up to 80 tons of plastic could enter the sea every year from everyday cosmetics and cleaning products in the UK, according to a study. Research has shown almost 100,000 tiny ‘microbeads’ – each a fraction of a millimetre in diameter – could be...

  • Sea levels across world climbed 8cm since 1992

    Sea levels across world climbed 8cm since 1992

    Sea levels worldwide rose an average of nearly 8cm since 1992, the result of warming waters and melting ice, a panel of Nasa scientists said. In 2013, a UN panel predicted sea levels would rise from 0.3 to 0.9 metres by the end of the century. The...

  • Animal defence tactics

    Animal defence tactics

    Predatory animals have a problem: their food does not want to be eaten and does its utmost to avoid being captured. Many animals hide themselves, often by becoming camouflaged. Many insects use such a strategy effectively: there are insects that...

  • Tropical forests size of India to be axed by 2050

    Tropical forests size of India to be axed by 2050

    Tropical forests covering an area nearly the size of India are set to be destroyed in the next 35 years, a faster rate of deforestation than previously thought, a study warned. The Washington-based Centre for Global Development, using satellite...

  • Low-energy and healthy homes

    Low-energy and healthy homes

    With street names such as Temperance and Hygiene and plenty of green open spaces, the 1920s Bon Air (Good Air) housing estate in a working-class district of Brussels was meant to provide a healthy ‘garden city’ way of life. Now, 21st-century...

  • While everyone is at the beach...

    While everyone is at the beach...

    We are right in the middle of summer, a period associated with a more lethargic working pace and an emphasis on various forms of leisure, courtesy of the warm weather. But it seems not everyone rests in summer. In fact, the summer and Christmas...

  • Successful sustainable development education needs change of mindsets

    Successful sustainable development education needs change of mindsets

    Developing Education for Sus­tainable Development (ESD) as a cross-curricular theme, as requested by the National Curriculum Framework (NCF), does not merely involve finding environmentally-related topics and inserting them in syllabuses that can...

  • Bluebirds 'shout to be heard over human noise'

    Bluebirds 'shout to be heard over human noise'

    Bluebirds “shout” to be heard over the noise produced by humans, new research has shown. They alter their songs immediately after noise levels intensified, such as from traffic, the study showed, and made “real-time” adjustments in order to...

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