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  • UN sets limits on airline emissions amid dissent

    UN sets limits on airline  emissions amid dissent

    A UN agency approved a landmark accord on Thursday to curb aviation pollution amid criticism that the deal, which will cost the industry billions of dollars, fails to trim emissions enough on international flights. The International Civil Aviation...

  • The autumn grape hyacinth

    The autumn grape hyacinth

    The autumn grape hyacinth is a small plant that flowers in autumn in response to the arrival of the Mediterranean rainy season. A solitary flower is not easily seen but the plants tend to grow close together and form small carpets of delicate blue...

  • Bees ‘highly intelligent’

    Bees ‘highly intelligent’

    Scientists in Britain have managed to teach bumblebees to pull strings to get to food and then pass on what they have learned to others in their colony – showing a high level of intelligence despite their tiny brains. Researchers at Queen Mary...

  • Ramblers explore trails and coasts

    Ramblers explore trails and coasts

    The Ramblers Association has launched its autumn walks programme just at the right time when Malta’s countryside takes a new look after the first rains and the cool sea breezes are more welcoming. As this is the start of the rambling season all...

  • Reclaiming land for even more luxury apartments

    Reclaiming land for even more luxury apartments

    Scouring through the new master plan unveiled for Paceville which is currently open for public consultation, one stumbles across the proposals for site 6 – Portomaso. Despite being given the green light in 2014 to develop 46 bungalows around an...

  • WWII heritage and solar loopholes

    WWII heritage and solar loopholes

    A number of objections were received by the Planning Authority over an application in San Gwann for apartments which would obliterate a rare World War II observation post. The defensive structure was purpose-built to mimic a farm building and gain...

  • GreenPak putting glass waste genie back in the bottle

    GreenPak putting glass waste genie back in the bottle

    GreenPak Coop Society is running a daily service to collect empty glass bottles in three localities on a trial basis until next Sunday. The service, available for bars and restaurants, runs along the seafront between Manoel Island, passing through...

  • Promoting water’s many benefits

    Doctors recommend drinking eight cups, or two litres, of water a day, pointing out that hydration is essential to sustain a healthy metabolism, to maintain a constant body temperature, blood pressure and heart rate. It also keeps the skin glowing,...

  • True bugs

    The true bugs are insects belonging to a large order known as Hemiptera. I prefer to use the scientific name because many insects belonging to other orders are called bugs and also because for many people the word ‘bug’ has many negative...

  • Day zero for ballast water treatment

    Day zero for ballast water treatment

    Just over a week ago, Finland ratified the Ballast Water Management Convention (BWMC) drawn up by the IMO (International Maritime Organisation), a specialised agency of the UN. This, in itself, might not have hogged the limelight on media portals,...

  • Business centre pedals way to clean energy generation

    Business centre pedals way to clean energy generation

    Skyparks Business Centre has unveiled its own power station, giving people the chance to charge their phones while cycling. The bike station serves the dual purpose of promoting a more active lifestyle and the generation of cleaner energy, mainly...

  • New ocean sanctuaries

    New ocean sanctuaries

    More than 20 countries designate 40 marine territories to limit commercial fishing, oil and gas drilling among other human activities that harm ecosystems More than 20 countries joined forces on Thursday to create 40 new marine sanctuaries around...

  • US environment watchdog says weed killer glyphosate is 'probably not carcinogenic'

    The US Environmental Protection Agency has said its current position on glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto Co's Roundup herbicide, is that the chemical is not likely carcinogenic to humans. The agency's "proposed" position on the...

  • US environment watchdog says weed killer glyphosate is 'probably not carcinogenic'

    US environment watchdog says weed killer glyphosate is 'probably not carcinogenic'

    The US Environmental Protection Agency has said its current position on glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto Co's Roundup herbicide, is that the chemical is not likely carcinogenic to humans. The agency's "proposed" position on the...

  • Hunters’ new hobby

    Hunters’ new hobby

    September is the best time to watch migrating birds of prey in Malta. At this time, hundreds of thousands of birds leave their European breeding grounds to fly towards the African continent where they will spend the winter months. As many of these...

  • Big fish ‘most endangered’

    Big fish and other large ocean creatures face higher risks of extinction than small ones, overturning a 500 million-year pattern and indicating that human hunting is to blame, scientists said. Fossils from five mass extinction events, most...

  • Return of the turtles

    Return of the turtles

    At some time after 10pm on Monday, August 1, a loggerhead turtle crawled out of the water and headed slowly up the beach, to the awe of beach-goers lucky enough to be present. Nature Trust Malta was contacted and NTM volunteers on duty rushed to...

  • Promoting near-zero CO2 emission buildings

    Promoting near-zero CO2 emission buildings

    An Interreg-Europe project called ZeroCO2 is aimed at proposing policies and measures that could be implemented in new and existing buildings, on a regional or national level, to improve their environmental sustainability and mitigation of climate...

  • Volunteers clean up rubbish in Buġibba and Qawra

    Volunteers clean up rubbish in Buġibba and Qawra

    More than 50 volunteers took part in a cleanup of Buġibba and Qawra today, St Paul's Bay mayor Graziella Galea said.  Volunteers collected some 50 bags of rubbish as they worked to clear the area beneath Buġibba's main square as well as the area...

  • Privatising an entire valley?

    Privatising an entire valley?

    Wied Babu in Żurrieq is arguably one of the most scenic valleys on the island, meandering from the lower reaches of the village down to the sea, with its steep mouth flanking the iconic Blue Grotto. The valley bed has long been coveted by visitors...