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Rain Rain Go Away

submitted by Gozo College Boys Secondary : EkoSkola Committee  for 11-14
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Water culverts are one of the ways in which rain water can be properly directed towards natural or man-made reservoirs. However, keeping them clear of all debris all year round is essential for them to be effective. Regular clean-ups are a necessity, as even after a small drizzle, they can become clogged up with leaves and other rubbish. This could cause various problems including drainage, flooding, soil erosion and water table problems.



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Local water pump mills crying for repair

submitted by St. Margaret's College Boys' Secondary School Verdala : Tristan Busuttil  for 11-14
dissemination(s): school media
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On the way from Dingli to Rabat, lots of broken Wind pump mills emerge. This particular wind pump situated in a private field has been seriously damaged by a strong wind which hit the area last winter. These mills are used by farmers to pump water from deep under-ground to irrigate their fields. Some of these wind pumps are still in use although, sadly, many of them have been neglected and have fallen into a state of disrepair. I love watching the giant blades turning in the wind with a sense of awe and I hope that Malta will find enough funds to restore these wind pumps as they are a source of renewable energy and environment friendly. Malta is one of a few European states encountering difficulties to reach its set energy targets, and to achieve its goals it needs to take additional measures, like repairing such Wind pumps.



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Oil Spill Threatening St George’s Bay

submitted by St. Margaret's College Boys' Secondary School Verdala : Luca Agius  for 11-14
dissemination(s): school media
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On Wednesday morning 24th October a large slick of oil was floating in St George’s Bay, Birzebbuga. The slick, orange in colour, split into a number of separate parts later in the day. Speculations on whether the slick could have come from a large ship in the bay or from a bunkering operation remained until samples to identify the source of the slick were tested. Birzebbuga mayor Joseph Farrugia was immediately contacted and the Transport Malta and the Civil Protection Unit were on site. The Maritime Authority lifted samples from the sea and a private company was equipped to clean the water. Spilled oil harms the sea environment in several ways, including the physical damages that directly impact wildlife and their habitats and the toxicity of the oil itself, which can poison exposed organisms. Luckily Transport Malta took the necessary steps to clean up the bay engaging a specialized contractor.



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Fill our road potholes

submitted by St. Margaret's College Boys' Secondary School Verdala : Kurt Cordina  for 11-14
dissemination(s): school media
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After a heavy down pour, lots of potholes appear on our local roads. A deep pothole appeared just in the road beneath our school risking a serious accident in the area. Drivers who do not avoid the damaged road often send loose rocks flying into other drives and neighbours have been asking for the surface to be repaired as soon as possible. After contacting the Cospicua Local Council I was informed that though they know about it, their office carries no responsibility in this regard. Such road repair falls directly under the Malta Transport Authority (MTA) and the Cospicua Local Council already informed the MTA about this large pothole. In return the MTA informed the Cospicua Local Council that such a pothole was in due soon repair. However, resurfacing the road will not solve the problem as water drain culverts are also needed in the area.



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It’s going to be a bumpy ride!!

submitted by Gozo College Boys Secondary : EkoSkola Committee  for 11-14
dissemination(s): school media
filed under Photos

This truck all filled up with all sorts of rubbish. A recycle freak? A spring cleaning macho? Or a dumper? We wondered where all this was going to end up at the end of the day. We hope that it won’t end up like the pile of rubbish in the second photo.



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