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  • Supernova – a stellar explosion

    Supernova – a stellar explosion

    On the evening of January 21, students and staff at the observatory of the University College of London discovered a newly exploded star in a nearby galaxy known as M82. This supernova is officially designated SN 2014J and is classified as a Type...

  • War on weather

    War on weather

    Generals and admirals around the world with long experience of planning military operations are taking the threat of climate change seriously. They have seen what can happen when a river running across borders or disputed territory begins to dry up.

  • Plan to dump dredged mud in Great Barrier Reef approved

    Plan to dump dredged mud in Great Barrier Reef approved

    Project could put fragile ecosystem of World Heritage marine park at risk Australia’s Great Barrier Reef watchdog yesterday gave the go-ahead for millions of cubic metres of dredged mud to be dumped near the fragile reef to create the world’s...

  • Penguins are in peril

    Penguins are in peril

    Penguins are in peril because of extreme environmental conditions linked to climate change, research has shown. Two new studies highlight the plight of penguin colonies trying to cope with the effects of global warming in Argentina and...

  • Warmer seas leading to smaller fish

    Warmer seas leading to smaller fish

    A decline in the size of some species of fish in the North Sea could be due to a rise in water temperatures, according to research. Scientists found that the maximum length of haddock, whiting, herring, Norway pout, plaice and sole decreased by as...

  • The large carpenter bee

    The large carpenter bee

    The large carpenter bee is the most common species of carpenter bee and is the largest solitary bee in Europe. They are called so because nearly all species build their nests in burrows in dead wood; but the large carpenter bee prefers to build...

  • Greenland eyes mines

    Greenland eyes mines

    Greenland will push ahead with a uranium and rare earths mine despite the objections of its former colonial ruler and main benefactor as the melting of the polar ice cap unlocks the country’s natural resources, its Prime Minister said. Arctic...

  • Expanding Arctic waters to get own shipping rules

    Expanding Arctic waters to get own shipping rules

    New shipping rules are soon to be agreed for the Arctic, where summer sea ice has shrunk by about two-thirds over three decades, opening a new ocean with vast natural resources. Maritime nations were close to a landmark deal on the Polar Code,...

  • A taste of things to come

    A taste of things to come

    In response to a recent Parliamentary Question, the Prime Minister recently tabled a list of 51 Outside Development Zone (ODZ) applications that were destined for refusal but which have been given a second lease of life in view of the imminent,...

  • Dive into marine biology in just three afternoons

    Dive into marine biology in just three afternoons

    A short but intensive introductory course in marine biology spanning just three after-noons is planned to be held during the summer by the AquaBioTech Group. The course will be run several times during June, July and August, to allow several...

  • Malta joins in global tree-planting initiative

    Malta joins in global tree-planting initiative

    A group of 90 pupils from several schools, accompanied by their teachers, recently took part in a tree-planting event at Xrobb l-Għaġin Nature Park and Sustainable Development Centre, limits of Marsaxlokk. The initiative was part of a worldwide...

  • EU sets out leaner 2030 climate and energy vision

    EU sets out leaner 2030 climate and energy vision

    The EU set out new climate and energy goals for 2030 yesterday, proposing less stringent targets than in the past in a reflection of tougher economic circumstances and a desire to limit rising energy costs. The bloc’s executive – the European...

  • No relief for earth’s warming trend

    No relief for earth’s warming trend

    The average temperature of earth maintained its warming trend in 2013, despite seasonal and regional variations that included a shrinking ice cap in the Arctic and a massively growing one in the southern hemisphere, US scientists said. Nasa said...

  • Yellow countryside carpet

    Yellow countryside carpet

    Several species of plants belonging to the mustard or cabbage family can be found growing in the Maltese countryside. Some, such as the wild turnip, are very common and grow in such profusion that they can carpet uncultivated fields in yellow. The...

  • Mystery solved:Why birds fly in V formation

    Mystery solved:Why birds fly in V formation

    Migrating birds flying in formation display aviation skills that dwarf those of human pilots, a study has found. The birds precisely time the flapping of their wings and adjust their position to make the best of the subtle effects of air...

  • Tropical cyclones ‘likely to intensify’

    Tropical cyclones hitting east Asia have grown increasingly fierce in the past 30 years and are likely to intensify further with global warming, say scientists. The coastlines of China, Korea and Japan have felt the force of stronger storms...

  • Proposals, pellets and POPs

    Proposals, pellets and POPs

    Some large projects are circling, likely to drop like bats out of a hot Australian sky. A social and development fund is being fronted as part of the controversial citizenship scheme and its backdoor to Europe for ‘individual investors’. The...

  • A winter treat for the urban nature lover

    A winter treat for the urban nature lover

    You will see more than just pigeons if you look up at the sky in Valletta this month. If you happen to be in the city in the late afternoon and early evening, keep your eyes (and ears) open for one of its winter wildlife highlights – the return of...

  • Audit firm employees clean up Għajn Żnuber

    Audit firm employees clean up Għajn Żnuber

    As part of its environmental responsibility campaign, audit firm Nexia BT organised a clean-up day at Majjistral Nature and History Park in Mellieħa. Over 50 employees dedicated a morning to a major clean-up in Għajn Żnuber, which has suffered...

  • Communal roosting

    Communal roosting

    Communal roosting can be seen among several bird species. Every evening, large numbers of birds congregate in a particular spot to sleep. Roosts can consist of birds of a single species or, sometimes, of mixed species. Most roosts can be found in...

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