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Environment

  • 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...

  • 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...

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