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Environment

  • Despite unsustainable fishing practices, it’s business as usual

    Despite unsustainable fishing practices, it’s business as usual

    A heart-wrenching interview with a local full-time fisherman was featured last Sunday in Maltatoday. It crystallised many of the grievances that local fisherman have with respect to the current situation concerning their livelihood. In a nutshell,...

  • First applied oceanography graduates

    First applied oceanography graduates

    The first students to complete the University of Malta’s MSc in Applied Oceanography are Sara Baldwin, Denise Desira, Hazel Farrugia and Nicole Scerri. They were also the first graduates of the course, which is run by the Faculty of Science’s...

  • Predicting earthquakes

    A common question seismologists are asked is: Can earthquakes be predicted? Thanks to numerous seismometers installed all over the earth’s surface, seismologists are now getting a better understanding of earthquakes and their occurrence. By...

  • Quake Watch

    Quake Watch

    On December 22, an earthquake was felt by people in the eastern and central parts of Malta. The magnitude 3.4 tremor, which was recorded by seismographs operated by the University’s Seismic Monitoring and Research Group, occurred around 40...

  • Keeping exotic animals as pets

    Keeping exotic animals as pets

    Once again this January, three wise men who journey yearly to the Bethlehem village in Għajnsielem will be travelling on horseback. No camels are involved. Despite tradition, no ‘ships of the desert’ are to feature in the family Christmas pageant,...

  • Heavenly clouds and a January comet

    Heavenly clouds and a January comet

    The new year period offers us a rare chance for a beautiful sight: a new comet that was recently discovered as gravity brought it around the sun. Comet Catalina, while not visible to the naked eye, can be seen using binoculars, in the morning sky.

  • Southern Europe’s sweet alison

    Southern Europe’s sweet alison

    The sweet alison flowers blossom mostly in November and December although flowering plants can still be spotted as late as March. The plant is native to southern Europe although it has now moved naturally further north and can be found in Ireland...

  • Danish town sees big picture with profitable emissions cuts

    Danish town sees big picture with profitable emissions cuts

    What do the world’s largest manufacturer of diabetes drugs, the biggest industrial enzymes producer and a leading offshore power company have in common? In the Danish seaside town of Kalundborg they have plenty. As pioneers of so-called industrial...

  • Earthquake and blockade threaten Everest industry

    Earthquake and blockade threaten Everest industry

    Nepal climbers face poverty and ruin after avalanches in 2014 and 2015 and Western mountaineering firms report sharp drop in bookings to scale world’s tallest peak Phurba Tashi Sherpa, the most accomplished high-altitude climber in history, holds...

  • 2015 doldrums

    2015 doldrums

    The year 2015 will certainly not go in the annals as a red-letter year for our environment. Throughout the incumbent year, in fact, the environmental integrity of our islands was further undermined. Case in point is the Żonqor Point saga, which...

  • Perseus finishes with a bang at European Parliament

    Perseus finishes with a bang at European Parliament

    The Perseus (Policy-oriented marine Environmental Research for the Southern European Seas) project, funded under the aegis of the ‘Oceans of Tomorrow’ Call within FP7, came to a spectacular finish in Brussels last week with the organisation of a...

  • Planting of 53 tamarisk trees

    Planting of 53 tamarisk trees

    During a special event held at Xrobb l-Għaġin Nature Park earlier this month, 64 students from four EkoSkola schools planted 53 tamarisk trees together with consuls from various consulates and other dignitaries representing the Commonwealth...

  • Mediterranean pink heath

    Mediterranean pink heath

    The Mediterranean heath deserves to be called the Christmas bush. It is an evergreen indigenous species. In December it becomes covered in small, pink bell-shaped flowers that grow in such profusion that they give the bush an overall pink appearance.

  • Real climate sham

    Real climate sham

    After 20 years of UN negotiations on how to combat climate change, anyone still living in a fantasy world of climate change denial is now stuck firmly in the past. Yet the real deception is said to have unfolded before our very eyes on the world...

  • The beautiful French daffodil

    The beautiful French daffodil

    The French daffodil is found in most Mediterranean and southern European countries and its range extends to the Far East. It is often found in the Maltese countryside too, especially in valleys, clay slopes and sometimes in garigue. It flowers...

  • Japan, S. Korea stick to coal

    Japan, S. Korea stick to coal

    Less than a week since signing the global climate deal in Paris, Japan and South Korea are pressing ahead with plans to open scores of new coal-fired power plants, casting doubt on the strength of their commitment to cutting CO2 emissions. Even as...

  • Sea lions’ brains damaged by toxin in algae

    Sea lions’ brains damaged by toxin in algae

    A toxin produced by marine algae is inflicting brain damage on sea lions along California’s coast, causing neurological and behavioural changes that can impair their ability to navigate in the sea and survive in the wild, scientists said. Brain...

  • A new space race: satellites that test world’s climate vows

    A new space race: satellites that test world’s climate vows

    Scientists from the US, Japan, and China are racing to perfect satellite technology that could one day measure greenhouse gas emissions from space, potentially transforming the winner into the world’s first climate cop. Monitoring a single...

  • Giving the oceans their due

    Giving the oceans their due

    The need for good governance in any form of management system is nowadays universally acknowledged. Moving in lock-step with such a public sentiment, politicians are increasingly making pledges in support of good governance, with the oceans being...

  • Used clothes help hedgehogs

    Used clothes help hedgehogs

    Money raised from the sale of used, unwanted clothes, shoes, belts and handbags are financially supporting the rehabilitation and nurturing programme of Maltese hedgehogs being carried out by Nature Trust Malta. The trust’s Wildlife Rescue Unit...

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