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Environment

  • One step at a time

    One step at a time

    Let’s be honest. We do our best to be kinder to the environment not only to help green up the world, but also because our actions translate into real monetary savings. And yet, we normally associate eco-friendly changes with a bigger outlay to buy...

  • Respecting nature

    Respecting nature

    Organic farming is more than simply not using pesticides: it is an approach that respects the natural environment. Organic farmer Joe Sciberras tells Veronica Stivala why he made the switch. One day, Joe Sciberras and his young son were picking...

  • It’s about freshwater, stupid!

    It’s about freshwater, stupid!

    The proliferation of car washes and other water-guzzling ‘attractions’, such as water parks and manicured roundabouts with unnaturally lush green lawns, seem like our version of Potemkin Village, a fake village built in 1787 by Grigory Potemkin to...

  • Electric fish mystery solved

    Electric fish mystery solved

    Scientists have discovered the secrets behind electric fish, using genetic studies that revealed how these exotic creatures developed an organ that can unleash a wicked jolt. Researchers unveiled a genetic blueprint of the electric eel – a...

  • Alaska humpback whales may lose ‘endangered’ status

    Alaska’s humpback whales swam a little closer to losing their status as an endangered species after being federally protected for more than 40 years, a US agency said. Alaska asked federal fisheries managers to scrap the ‘endangered’...

  • Mouse-like mammal discovered

    A new mammal discovered in the remote desert of Western Africa resembles a long-nosed mouse in appearance but is more closely related genetically to elephants, a California scientist who helped identify the tiny creature said. The new species of...

  • Respecting our beaches

    Respecting our beaches

    Beaches are not only places of relaxation but ecologically important coastal areas. Carolina Pontt Poppa from the Gaia Foundation tells Stephanie Fsadni that, besides enjoying the beach, we should act responsibly to preserve the natural...

  • Summer news

    Eight beaches have once again acquired Blue Flag status: Mellieħa Bay, Għajn Tuffieħa Bay, Ramla l-Ħamra in Gozo, Qawra Point, St George’s Bay in St Julian’s, Buġibba Perched Beach, Fond Għadir in Sliema and Paradise Bay Resort Hotel Beach. Golden...

  • Watch out for jellyfish

    Watch out for jellyfish

    Stephanie Fsadni learns that different jellyfish stings call for different treatments, and that vinegar is not always the best remedy. Here’s where you can find the necessary information. There are about 1,000-1,500 known species of jellyfish in...

  • Mediterranean linseed can become a pest

    Mediterranean linseed can become a pest

    The Mediterranean linseed is an annual plant indigenous to the countries surrounding the Mediterranean but is now found in other areas with a similar climate, including California, parts of Chile and southwestern Australia. In the Maltese islands...

  • Pedestrian streets, back gardens and rodent buffets

    Pedestrian streets, back gardens and rodent buffets

    An inflated sense of entitlement, engendered by ‘minority’ evangelism, seems to be spreading like a virus. Yet another minority group has raised its head, possibly egged on by a rash of interest groups rallying for their dubious ‘rights’ to...

  • Preserving green lungs

    Preserving green lungs

    While careless talk of de-pedestrianising a public open space is of deep concern, a circular on back gardens put out by the planning authority last month has been a welcome piece of news. Back gardens and private open spaces at the back of urban...

  • Cat/rat feeding stations

    Cat/rat feeding stations

    Stray cats in Malta have a string of guardian angels who regularly leave water and leftovers for them outside. Yet it is sad that many people prefer to do this rather than adopt the strays and keep them inside their homes, looking after them...

  • Mauna Loa rumbles back to life

    Mauna Loa rumbles back to life

    In Hawaii, the world’s largest active volcano shows signs of reawakening from its slumber, with the last eruptions happening in 1975 and 1984 Mauna Loa, the world’s largest active volcano, has rumbled back to life in Hawaii over the past 13...

  • It’s the ecology, stupid

    It’s the ecology, stupid

    Europe must move from its current linear economic model towards a more circular one. That is exactly what the Green Week, held in Brussels earlier this month, discussed within the theme ‘Circular economy – saving resources, creating jobs...

  • Obama plans largest ocean preserve of all

    Obama plans largest ocean preserve of all

    Barack Obama has announced plans to create the largest ocean preserve in the world by banning drilling, fishing and other activities in a massive stretch of the Pacific Ocean in a move to protect fragile marine life. Using presidential authority...

  • Climate change ‘will hit tourism’

    Climate change ‘will hit tourism’

    Beach resorts, skiing holidays, diving and nature-watching trips will all suffer as the £3.5 trillion global tourism trade is hit by climate change, a report warns. The tourism industry, which provides livelihoods for 255 million people worldwide,...

  • Pied flycatcher migrator

    Pied flycatcher migrator

    The European pied flycatcher is a small insectivorous bird that migrates through the Maltese islands in spring and autumn. It is a woodland bird found mostly in oak forests. It does not breed in the Maltese islands because of the lack of...

  • Hands off our seas, Michael!

    Hands off our seas, Michael!

    Up till now, Parliamentary Secretary Michael Falzon has come across as a genteel, approachable and almost affable guy, giving the impression that he is solidly rooted in the domain of moderation and far removed from all sorts of extremism. But...

  • How will history judge us?

    How will history judge us?

    Those advocating a resumption of finch trapping might feel gratified in the short term that their schemes are bearing fruit. The long term, however, is a different kettle of fish, since 10 or 20 years down the line, our children will wonder why...

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