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Pollution Free Harbour

submitted by St. Margaret College Boys Secondary Verdala : Jake Cauchi, Logan Formosa  for 11-14
dissemination(s): newspaper
filed under Photos

The only Grand Harbour sandy beach in Malta is being polluted with toxic liquids and oil spills from passing ships. In Rinella Bay there’s a Tank Cleaner Farm meant to clean ships which dock in our harbour risking contaminating the beach. Discharges of sewage, dumping of rubbish from vessels, as well as spills of oil and other harmful substances cause Marine Pollution in our Grand Harbour. Also ballast water offering stability in empty ships is problematic. Before every voyage, ballast water is pumped into the ship tanks risking taking in tiny stowaways in the form of marine organisms. Then when the ballast water is pumped out of the ship into the sea, some of these organisms may become pests, contaminating our sea harbour, beaches and fisheries. Unfortunately there is not adequate awareness in keeping our sea harbour clean and local authorities should intervene to safeguard our marine environment and ecosystem.



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Marine Mayhem

submitted by St. Margaret's College Girls' Secondary School Zejtun : Erika Gatt  for 11-14
dissemination(s): assemblies, newspaper, Notice boards and social media, other, school magazine, school media
filed under Photos

These pictures of spoilt seacoast depict a reality can be found in the limits of Xghira. These are not only an eyesore but also contribute to many toxic chemicals and substances leaching the soil and the surrounding environment. Such harmful chemicals are likely to end up in the sea, causing more pollution.



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Wildfire Prevention

submitted by St. Clare's College Secondary Pembroke : Nicole Vella  for 11-14
dissemination(s): school noticeboard, school magazine, website
filed under Photos

These photos show an area in our school grounds consisting of many coniferous trees mainly of the Aleppo Pine species. Refurbishment of our school has resulted in some workers disposing of replaced window panes in this area. A particular window pane can still be seen intact while in other areas the glass has been shattered into many small fragments. As a group of Biology students, together with our teacher, we decided to clean up the area from this waste and at the same time help prevent a wildfire which is not uncommon in this area in the approaching summer months.



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A flicker of melted ice

submitted by St. Clare's College Secondary Pembroke : Kaya Cachia  for 11-14
dissemination(s): school noticeboard, school magazine, website
filed under Photos

What could be better than an ice cold drink after cycling through the coastal area of Pembroke on a hot summer’s day? FRIDGEFREEZERS? Not a welcome sight! These together with the remains of a twin tub washing machine were observed strewn by the wayside. Pembroke boasts of a large area of garigue known for its ecological importance. Fortunately, R- 12 used as a modern refrigerant appears not to concentrate in soil or water as it is very volatile, however such refuse is extremely unsightly. Special thanks go to the local council who took care of removing these eye sores.



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Come, Rest awhile

submitted by St. Clare's College Secondary Pembroke : Sharona Debono  for 11-14
dissemination(s): School notice board, school magazine, website
filed under Photos

Trekking through the area of Chadwick Lakes with my friends in mid -November, we stopped for a rest in the surrounding beautiful countryside. It never occurred to us that armchairs and mattresses would be available. Some careless individuals disposed of these items in an area which in this particular period is full of little freshwater ponds offering a habitat to many aquatic creatures. Foam in these items may contain volatile organic compounds which leak into the water causing harm to this miniature ecosystem. Responsible action is called for; bulky refuse collection is just a phone call away from your doorstep!



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