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Together … Let’s spread the word

submitted by Girls Secondary St.Ignatius College : Kurt Bartolo  for 11-14
dissemination(s): Facebook, other
filed under Photos

This photo shows the EKoskola group spread the information about appropriate waste management in the heart of our cities and villages.



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Blown by the wind

submitted by St. Margaret College Boys Secondary Verdala : Kynan Grech  for 11-14
dissemination(s): Annual Exhibition, newspaper, other, school magazine, website
filed under Photos

Recently strong winds hit the area of Bypass Road Ghaxaq bending down some of the new planted trees with one of them in particular at the risk of falling down. Heavy winds can do lots of damage to trees than just rustle leaves. Prevailing winds that happen from daily and seasonal changes can affect the growth, form, and very survival of trees. So arborists should take into consideration the impact of wind on trees as this affects the quality of nursery stock and growth of trees planted. Wind is an important factor to be considered when selecting the right tree for a planting site. On contacting the Major of Ghaxaq Local Council I was referred to the Malta Transport and Infrastructure Authority whom they then contacted the Deputy Manager of the Environmental Landscapes Consortium Ltd for immediate intervention and rehabilitation of this tree risking falling down and dying.



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Educational Waste

submitted by Gzira St.Monica School : Laura Moschetti  for 11-14
dissemination(s): Exhibition, other, school media, Special Assembly
filed under Photos

WasteServ and authorised compliance schemes frequently carry out educational campaigns targeted at waste producers. Targeted educational initiatives include talks and educational games in schools and waste management training for companies and government departments. Furthermore, they participate regularly in local community events with stands to promote sustainable waste management practices. Despite this, whilst strolling through the site visited by Malta’s intellectuals, i.e. the University track, numerous amounts of waste can be observed lying around! People are being lazy and throw their trash around as if no one can see it! In fact data for the year 2012 shows that the total waste requiring disposal generated in Malta was of 1,500,777 tonnes, 1,147,230 tonnes (99.8%) of which being disposed of in Malta. (http://environment.gov.mt/) How much of this waste is carelessly thrown away in public places?



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Trapped in the Net

submitted by St. Margaret College Boys Secondary Verdala : Luke Agius  for 11-14
dissemination(s): Annual School Exhibition, newspaper, other, school magazine, website
filed under Photos

A dead Scopoli’s Shearwater (in Maltese ‘Ciefa’) was noticed on shore at Gnejna Bay. This scene shocked many Maltese people and tourists who happened to be at Gnejna Bay on Saturday, 14th March 2015. I reckon the orange line this bird got entangled in and most probably drowned was an anchor or floater line of fishing net or of other fishing gear. I doubt that the line was placed deliberately to catch/kill the bird. This kind of litter is unfortunately commonly found in the sea and imposes a high risk for seabirds, turtles and dolphins alike. Raising awareness amongst fishermen and other sea users is very important. Lines and other litter should be always brought back to shore and floating litter be picked up from the sea when found. Bird Life Malta was informed for further investigation and prevention.



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Grey Skies

submitted by Gzira St.Monica School : Lea Ungaro  for 11-14
dissemination(s): Exhibition, other, school media, Special Assembly
filed under Photos

Grey skies hover above the little island of Malta. Smoke from Malta’s Power Station is polluting the air above it. Although power stations are regulated by laws to protect human health and the environment, there is a wide variation of environmental impacts associated with power generation technologies. Burning oil at power stations produces nitrogen oxides, sulphur dioxide, carbon dioxide, methane, and mercury compounds. The amount of sulphur dioxide and mercury compounds can vary greatly depending on the sulphur and mercury content of the oil that is burned. Oil-fired power stations use large quantities of water for steam production and cooling. When oil-fired power plants remove water from the sea, fish and aquatic life can be killed, affecting those animals and people who depend on these aquatic resources. Power stations release treated wastewater, which can contain pollutants and is generally hotter that the water in nearby seas, often harming fish and plants. (http://www.epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy-and-you/affect/oil.html)



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