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  • Marsascala salt marsh cleaned up

    Marsascala salt marsh cleaned up

    A recent clean-up of Il-Magħluq in Marsascala resulted in the collection of over half a tonne of waste from the water surface and surrounding areas. The clean-up was coordinated by Nature Trust (Malta) and involved the participation of Marsascala...

  • Tracking shipping traffic in central Mediterranean ports

    Tracking shipping traffic in central Mediterranean ports

    An updated online shipping traffic tracker that allows users to request shipping data from the ports of Augusta and Catania in Sicily, Lampedusa and the entire Maltese territorial waters, has recently been delivered as part of the Biodivalue...

  • Beautiful but poisonous anemone

    Beautiful but poisonous anemone

    The crown anemone looks like a small, violet poppy. It is indigenous to the Mediterranean region including the Maltese islands but it is not as frequent as it is claimed to be. It flowers from January to March and is found mostly in garigue and...

  • Jupiter, our shining gas giant

    Jupiter, our shining gas giant

    Look nearly overhead after sunset and you will see a very bright star – which in reality is no star at all – but rather, the planet Jupiter. Our solar system’s ruling gas giant shines brightly in the constellation Gemini. However, it will start...

  • Volunteers needed for two-day national clean-up

    Let’s Do It Malta is calling for volunteers and certified divers to take part in a large-scale, two-day national clean-up event of the islands on May 10 and 11 on land and underwater. The areas to be cleaned will be identified and assessed in the...

  • Window on dragonflies

    Window on dragonflies

    For the sixth year running, Malta’s Entomological Society has launch­ed its annual bulletin in the form of a fully illustrated scientific journal (Volume 6, 2013). It includes information on some 40 insects that inhabit these islands, eight of...

  • Endangered ‘water monster’ sighted

    Endangered ‘water monster’ sighted

    The salamander-like axolotl apparently has not disappeared from its only known natural habitat in Mexico City’s few remaining lakes. Researchers say they have sighted, but not caught, two of the slippery little creatures during a second effort to...

  • The hoary rockrose

    The hoary rockrose

    The hoary rockrose is a very scarce plant that belongs to the cistus family. It is a Mediterranean species that can be found up to an altitude of 1,000 metres and is indigenous to the Maltese islands. The plant, known in Maltese as ċistu roża, is...

  • Volcanoes may alter global warming data

    Volcanoes may alter global warming data

    Volcanoes have cancelled out some of the effects of global warming over the past decade and given a false impression of the rate of climate change, research has shown. The atmospheric impact of volcanic eruptions was not included in climate...

  • A tribute to local mature gardens

    A tribute to local mature gardens

    In recent years there has been an excessive number of planning applications proposing to develop or part-develop local mature gardens, stretching from Balzan and Attard to Għaxaq (Villa Mekrech) to St Paul’s Bay (Villino Chapelle), to Sliema...

  • The shrubby ramalina

    The shrubby ramalina

    The ramalina is a genus of lichens with a typical shrubby structure, and is very different from the lichens we are used to seeing on walls, rocks and stones. The genus consists of about 240 species, which are found widely in various habitats...

  • Marine archeologist exposes Malta’s rich maritime heritage

    Marine archeologist exposes Malta’s rich maritime heritage

    Over 100 students and teachers from various schools in Sydney, Australia, were recently introduced to the incredible underwater world surrounding the Maltese archipelago when Tim Gambin, a marine archaeologist at the University of Malta, delivered...

  • Farmers and fireworks don’t mix

    Farmers and fireworks don’t mix

    A non-descript group of rural buildings, near the bypass in Mellieħa, has gone largely unnoticed by the public as a covert base for the illegal manufacture of village fireworks. Some tattered festa decorations lying around on site belie the...

  • ‘Climate change lies behind storms’ in UK

    ‘Climate change lies behind storms’ in UK

    Climate change almost certainly lies behind the storms that have been lashing Britain this winter, according to the UK Met Office’s chief scientist. Dame Julia Slingo said while there was not yet “definitive proof”, “all the evidence” pointed to a...

  • Stronger Pacific winds may explain warming hiatus

    Stronger winds which have cooled the surface of the Pacific Ocean could explain what is likely to be a temporary slowdown in the pace of global warming this century, researchers said. Last year, scientists on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate...

  • Quake watch

    Quake watch

    Last month’s seismicty in the Mediterranean region was marked by a strong earthquake off the coast of western Greece, beneath Cephalonia island, on January 26 (largest yellow circle on map). The magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck at 3.55pm local time...

  • Reliving the run-up to 1992

    With the raging debate on the Individual Investor Programme scheme monopolising headlines and coffee shop discussions, few might have realised that the Malta Environment and Planning Authority board recently approved the slew of proposed Outside...

  • Owners removing illegal structures

  • Billions needed to fund deforestation prevention plan

    Donor nations, rainforest-rich countries and multilateral institutions will have to spend tens of billions of dollars in the next few years to ensure that nations undergoing deforestation will have incentives to halt the practice, a report...

  • The beetle that dwells in churches

    The beetle that dwells in churches

    The churchyard beetle is one of the larger beetles of the Maltese islands, with some individual specimen growing up to 37mm long. It prefers to live in dark humid areas and can sometimes be found in basements, cellars, cave entrances and,...

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