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Bring to light the Verdala Spire

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A dominant feature of the Verdala Retrenchment, on Margherita Hill in Cospicua, built during British times is a unique spire on top of the hall. The hall dates back to the years 1871 – 1874. The spire by HB Evans is the only Victorian spire found in Malta. The premises were restored recently. However the metal cover of the spire needs special treatment to avoid corrosion by rusting. If rain, manages to penetrate, being acidic it will rot the wood causing chemical weathering as we learnt during our geography lessons. We interviewed persons working on site. They have made several attempts to create awareness about this unique spire. They suggested that the metal cover of the spire should be given constant professional maintenance and then light it up at night. If lit up, the spire will be a focal point for it can be seen from the Upper Barakka Gardens.



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Shaken and rattled by quarry blasts

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The Naxxar quarry limits of Mosta is very close to the habitat, about half a kilometre away from homes. According to people living in the vicinity, the quarry blast explosions are causing vibrations to buildings, quite like earthquakes. Apart from this, these explosives used in hard stone quarrying are threatening the stability of valley slopes and damaging the archaeological cart ruts found in the area. These quarry operations are producing air pollution, and dust contamination. After interviewing some local people, I’ve discovered that lots of reports were made to the police and to the Naxxar and Mosta Local Councils but people living in the area said that no actions have been taken by now. Does anyone measure vibrations within the area of the quarry? Does anyone care about the effects caused to the people living close by? Immediate action is needed.



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Sustainable Sea Waves

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Since Malta depends totally on the imports of fossil fuels for the provision of energy, it would be worthwhile if another source of energy acquisition be considered for the Maltese Islands. Transforming the energy of waves into usable energy is a valuable source of energy that is constantly present, in the sea waves. This is formed by the wind energy which is transmitted to the sea causing the formations of waves, which then is transported towards the coasts. This source of energy is considered to be a clean and safe source of power which could be explored and exploited in Malta. Since the Maltese Islands get rough high sea waves due to the high winds of 96 km/h this could be an innovation for Malta to start generating energy from sea waves. Because of climate change, there is a growing interest worldwide for renewable energy, including wave energy.



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Wied Incita

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This is a view of the upper part of Wied Inċita which starts off from the countryside surrounding the village of Attard. This is a short walking distance from my home and I visit the place regularly. Unfortunately this part of the valley is not appreciated by many as it is very close to a busy road and throughout most of the year it is usually dry and not particularly attractive. But when it rains for several days, water starts to stream through it and in a short period of time all kinds of plants and flowers start to grow. If you are lucky you might also come across tadpoles swimming and frogs hopping around. What makes me angry is the lack of appreciation for the natural environment of some people who litter this gem of a place with empty bottles and other rubbish.



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Stop Talking . . . Start Acting

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78 students managed to reduce their electricity, water and gas bills by approximately 5%. They managed to do this by following simple procedures that they all agreed about. This means that they managed to pollute the environment 5% less than they usually do. They would like to promote their initiative with all the readers of this article

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