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Environment

  • IOI-MOC presentations of its oceanographic work

    Academic staff from the International Ocean Institute-Malta Operational Centre (IOI-MOC) at the University of Malta recently gave six presentations on various aspects of its oceanographic work during the 40th edition of CIESM, the flagship...

  • Twin quakes in Chile, Taiwan

    Two magnitude 6.6 earthquakes struck Chile and Taiwan on October 31, but no deaths or damage were reported. The quake off the Chilean coast was centered 56km southwest of Coquimbo at a depth of 11km, the US Geological Survey reported. There were...

  • The flesh-eating flies

    The flesh fly is one of over 30 species of flies whose larvae live mostly on living or dead flesh. Like other species of flies, they are of medical and sanitary importance, mainly because they help in the decomposition of organic matter and cause...

  • Visions of a poorer future

    Starvation, poverty, flooding, heat waves, droughts, war and disease are likely to worsen as the world warms from man-made climate change, a leaked draft of an international scientific report forecasts. The Nobel Peace Prize-winning...

  • Kissing ODZ goodbye – 1

    This is the first in a short series of articles in which I will delve into the implications of the proposed revision of the Outside Development Zone policies. The recently-launched proposals for the revision of ODZ policies (downloadable from...

  • Qala quarry’s illegal extension

    The massive sprawl of the Qala coastal quarry extends for a full kilometre of Gozo’s coastline and now lies less than 400m from St Anthony’s Battery. What concrete action has been taken over the illegal extension last summer of this quarry in...

  • Farewell Żeppi

    Joseph Borg, better known as Żeppi, who passed away recently, was a visionary who actively promoted and implemented organic farming in his olive grove at Fawwara.

  • Saturn – the ringed planet

    Less than a month ago, on October 10, the Cassini robotic probe was located at an excellent position above the planet Saturn. Its cameras thus shot several raw images that were assembled together by the Croat amateur astronomer Gordan Ugarkovic to...

  • Round-the-clock monitoring of the seas around Malta

    The first continuous one-year set of water column temperature values has recently been collected by the International Ocean Institute-Malta Operational Centre’s Physical Oceanography Unit (PO Unit) at the University. The data comprises a...

  • EU funds, solar tariffs and 2020

    An important deadline slipped by last month for comments from the public on Malta’s priorities for European Union funding over the coming years. This is a crucial time for decision-making as we begin our final approach toward meeting a number of...

  • European utilities urge policy reform to avert blackouts

    CEOs from 10 utilities representing half of Europe’s power-generating capacity have urged the European Union recently to adopt reforms to prevent blackouts and help the indebted sector adapt to future demand. The CEOs, who call themselves the...

  • Scheme to collect, sell used clothes for Inspire

    Green Pak Coop Society, in collaboration with 12 local councils, recently launched a clothes collection scheme in aid of Inspire Foundation, whereby residents are being invited to donate any unused or unwanted clothing items to be sold to help...

  • Over 1.2 tons of rubbish collected from Xrobb l-Għaġin

    More than 1.2 tons of rubbish have recently collected by 80 members of McDonald’s Malta staff and their families at the main green event on the restaurant chain’s corporate social responsibility activities calendar – the annual Clean Up the World...

  • A striped spider

    The banded argiope or Argiope trifasciata was first recorded on the Maltese islands in 2003. The first specimen was found in Gozo but since then it has been found in Malta and nowadays seems to have established itself firmly on the two islands,...

  • Five young Maltese birdwatchers’ race to spot 50 species of birds in one day

    EuroBirdwatch is Europe’s largest public birdwatching event, celebrated annually by Birdlife partners around the continent to raise awareness on issues related to bird migration. Moreover, it aims to promote efforts to save threatened bird species...

  • 7,000-year-old Ta’ Ħaġrat temples within the sights of developers

    Researching through Wikipedia, I came across the following information on Ta’ Ħaġrat Temples at Mġarr: “The Ta’ Ħaġrat Temples in Mġarr, Malta, is recognised as a Unesco World Heritage Site, along with several other Megalithic temples. They are...

  • Wood fires, diesel cars pose pollution threat

    Watchdog says pollution in Europe is causing early deaths and damaging crops as regulators are expected to propose tightening of EU limits on microscopic particles Air pollution is dangerously high across many parts of Europe, resulting in...

  • A green gem of a moth

    The Etruscan emerald is a beautiful green gem of a moth that often spends the daylight hours resting on green leaves on which it is well-camouflaged and difficult to spot. With luck you might find one that, probably because it had no other option,...

  • Home truths on energy use

    How to use energy efficiently in a domestic setting is this month’s burning topic. A fractious cloud of doubt over man-made climate change was all but lifted after last month’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report that mankind’s...

  • Seminar in Gozo on Panacea project

    A seminar was recently held by San Lawrenz council as part of the Panacea (Promozione aree naturali attraverso centri di educazione ambientale) project, funded under the Italia-Malta Programme, Cohesion Policy 2007-2013. The seminar was opened by...

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