Nature Trust Malta - News

Sun, Apr 6, 2014

Press Release

 

Melting ice accelerates global is a major Concern even for Malta

 

According to a study by researchers from NASA and the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), the length of the melt season for Arctic sea ice is lengthening by several days each decade.  Nature Trust (Malta) is deeply concerned by such data, since the less ice there is on the surface the more heat is absorbed from the sun’s rays by the sea.  This in turn leads to even more melting resulting in an extremely harmful vicious cycle, bringing further rises in global temperatures.

 

NTM notes further that according to the above study, the last seven years have seen the seven lowest September sea ice extents on record, and scientists are predicting that, for the first time within recorded history, at some point within this century the world might well experience an ice-free Arctic ocean during the summer.  

 

The progressive melting of the ice in the planet’s ice caps threatens to bring with it a rise in ocean levels which will flood many of the earth’s cities since the majority of people live in or within a short distance of coastal areas.  The result would be a widespread loss of lives and habitations across the globe.

 

Whilst emphasizing that all countries need to take ownership of climate change reduction efforts, NTM calls upon the Maltese authorities to step up their efforts to reduce our Islands’ contribution to global warming and to ensure that any action taken is accompanied by adequate educational activities to enlist the aid and rope in the participation of the general public.   Furthermore, the eNGO calls for Malta to reprise the leasing role it had taken in past years in placing climate change high on the agenda of the UN, and thus to once again start pressuring the most  industrialized countries to act more responsibly so as to safeguard the planet and our future.

Tue, Mar 25, 2014

Earth Hour 2014 – Malta

Let’s Celebrate Earth Hour

29th March 2014  08:30pm to 09:30pm

Earth-HourOnce again it’s time to renew our commitment towards improving the quality of life on our Earth … it’s time for Earth Hour.

Earth Hour is a worldwide grassroots initiative organised by WWF. The initiative aims at uniting people from all around the globe to protect the planet. Earth Hour started off as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007, but now it has grown to engage more than 7000 cities and towns worldwide in a broad range of environmental issues. The one-hour event continues to remain the key driver of the now larger movement.

Join us at the Waterfront in Valletta on Saturday 29th of March 2014 at 8.00 pm for the event.  Support the campaign by purchasing a candle to light up during Earth hour.  Proceeds will go towards helping the poor in Ghana

 

Tue, Feb 25, 2014

Il Maghluq Saltmarsh Clean up

On 22nd February 2014, a two hour clean up of Il-Magħluq, Marsaskala resulted in the collection of just over half a tonne of waste from the water surface and surrounding areas.  Following permits obtained from MEPA, the clean up was coordinated by Nature Trust (Malta) and involved members from this organisation, Marsascala Local Council, Friends of Marsascala, HSBC staff and DSCF4423That’s Rubbish!.  Support was given by Ozo Sytem Cleaning Services who provided t-shirts, bags and gloves needed for the clean up and the Animal Welfare Department who were called in to rescue an injured duck found by one of the HSBC staff members.

 

Il-Magħluq is one of only two salt marshes present in the Maltese Islands, the other being Il-Ballut ta’ Marsaxlokk and forms as a result of freshwater from adjacent fields and rainwater entering the area and mixing with seawater that enters through the connection under the road. It is home to a unique community of saltmarsh species, including the rare sea sharp-rush (Simar tal-baħar, Juncus maritimus) and the Maltese killifish (bużaqq, Aphanius fasciatus).

 

Unfortunately, all species in the area appear to be endangered, particularly due to human activity. Constant dumping and contamination of the water all have a negative effect on the local ecology of the site.

 

The organisations responsible for the clean up are appealing to the public to enjoy the beauty of Il-Magħluq and realise theDSCF4438 importance of such a site for the local ecology and the residents of Marsascala.  Most waste gathered in the clean up was litter left behind by people or deliberately dumped into the site.  Keeping the place clean will not only help to improve the ecology of the area but will also prevent attracting pests such as rats and insects that can also be detrimental to public health.

 

Il-Magħluq saltmarsh is a scheduled Special Area of Conservation (SAC) that forms part of Malta’s Natura 2000 network.  Natura 2000 is a European wide network of nature protected areas established with the aim of ensuring a long term protection of Europe’s most valuable and threatened species and habitats.  Malta has been blessed with 39 such sites – 34 on land and 5 marine.

Fri, Feb 21, 2014

Clean up Invitation Saturday 22 Feb 2014

Tomorrow Nature Trust (malta) with the support of many organisations and individuals will be cleaning the saltmarsh – il-Maghluq at Marsascala.  We invite all to come and join in this conservation effort at this Natura 2000 site.  Gloves etc will be provided.

Those coming can meet us near the site at around 9.30 am.  Come along and give your share to help nature