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Environment

  • You Tube documentary reveals Mġarr ix-Xini’s underwater beauty

    The first underwater documentary to exclusively feature the Mġarr ix-Xini marine protected area (MPA) has recently been uploaded online on You Tube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3tVoY4hlts, where it has already attracted the attention of thousands...

  • Climate change timeline is shocking – scientists

    Climate change could be devastating ecosystems and economies in the tropics within a generation, scientists have predicted. Researchers showed that current levels of greenhouse gas emissions would lead to a transformation of climate around the...

  • Uncommon orchid

    The autumn lady’s tresses is an uncommon orchid that flowers in September or October, a few weeks after the first heavy rains of the season. Its blooming coincides with the flowering of the autumn narcissus (narċis imwaħħar). The orchid is...

  • Opening the floodgates?

    I have a terrible sense of foreboding about future developments (pun intended) in the review of existing Outside Development Zone (ODZ) policies and local plans, after having seen the first harbingers of what’s to come emerging. For instance, a...

  • Quake watch

    The seismic activity of the Mediterranean varies from month to month. Last month’s seismicity was low compared to previous months, with only 54 earthquakes of magnitudes between 3.5 and five. No earthquakes occurred close to Malta.

  • ‘Mini-earthquakes’ in the city

    The Seismic Monitoring and Research Unit of the University of Malta set up a stand during the Science in the City festival held on September 27. The stand proved to be a popular attraction with passers-by as hundreds of people stopped to watch...

  • Astronomical events during October

    Day/date Event     Today The moon is close to Saturn and Mercury (evening sky). Tuesday The moon is near Venus (evening sky; a beautiful sight). Saturday First quarter moon at 1.02am. October 19 Full moon at 1.38am.   Faint (penumbral)...

  • Magnitude 7.7 quake in Pakistan creates island

    On September 24, a very large earthquake of magnitude 7.7 hit south-central Pakistan. It caused serious damage, destroyed houses and left over 400 casualities. The seismic waves generated by this earthquake were recorded by seismographs around the...

  • The Andromeda galaxy

    How far can you see? The Andromeda galaxy, also known as M31, is one of the nearest galaxies to our own Milky Way, yet it is the farthest object you can see without a telescope. Even though the Andromeda galaxy is considerably larger than the...

  • Oceans face ‘deadly trio’ of threats

    The world’s oceans are under greater threat than previously believed from a “deadly trio” of global warming, declining oxygen levels and acidification, an international study said yesterday. The oceans have continued to warm, pushing many...

  • A cockroach that looks like a beetle

    The Egyptian cockroach is one of about seven species of cockroaches that are found in the Maltese islands. The males and females of this species are very different from each other and one would not be blamed for assuming that they are two...

  • Restoring maquis habitats

    Over 400 indigenous shrubs and trees are being planted at the I-Land Observatory and Interpretation Centre in Kunċizzjoni, limits of Mġarr, as part of the Simbiotic project. Co-financed by the European Union Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and...

  • China to name its most, least polluted cities

    China will publish a list of its 10 worst – and best – cities for air pollution each month, a top leader said recently, as the country pushes officials to dispel a persistent smog crisis that is fuelling public anger. Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli said...

  • Dusting down clean air controls

    Harm to human health from airborne dust pollution has been seriously underestimated, forcing Europe to revisit its air quality legislation this year. Acting on the results of a World Health Organisation (WHO) report released last Christmas, the...

  • We are the culprits

    Leading climate scientists said yesterday they were more certain than ever before that mankind was the main culprit for global warming and warned the impact of greenhouse gas emissions would linger for centuries. A report, by the Intergovernmental...

  • Festival at start of olive-picking season

    Żejtun is preparing to celebrate Żejt iż-Żejtun – the start of the olive picking and pressing season – next Sunday evening and the following morning. Organised by Żejtun local council, the festivity’s focal point is the blessing of freshly picked...

  • More fireworks factories?

    Through a fledgling working group on fireworks factories, the Malta Environment and Planning Authority is currently drafting a new policy on such factories, along with another new policy on petrol stations, besides the revision of a clutch of...

  • ‘Scary’ colour purple

    Some parts of nature and human society are more vulnerable than expected to climate change, according to a draft of a UN report that adds a new purple colour to a key diagram to show worsening risks beyond the red used so far. It says “unique and...

  • The Milky Way galaxy

    The Milky Way is the name of our own galaxy, home to the earth and the rest of the planets in the solar system. It is thought to contain around 200 billion stars, one of which is our own sun. Almost everything we can see in the night sky forms...

  • Air quality for power stations

    Independent sustainability managers are calling for a more accurate assessment of air quality linked to the Delimara power station. Covered by an environmental permit since 2007, the Delimara power station (DPS) switched from diesel to heavy fuel...

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