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Flowing spring and water puddles

submitted by St. Francis Primary Cospicua : Samuel Ellul  for 7-10
campaign: yre-entry
dissemination(s): other, school board, school media, website
filed under Articles
awarded: Commended

In Paola, a block of apartments was built next to a reservoir. Every time it rains, the lower levels of the building are flooded as rain water seeps through the rocks. A water pump is used to pump out water directly into the street, creating a hazard for passing cars and pedestrians. This waste of rain water could have been prevented with some planning before the building was made. The nearby outlets of the reservoir could have been cleaned and connected to the building’s waterworks system for water provision of the block of apartments.



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Valletta Local Council Elections – Is Waste Separation a Priority?

submitted by St Albert the Great College Valletta : Isaac Sam Camilleri  for 15-18
campaign: litter-less-campaign-entry
dissemination(s): newspaper, school media, website
filed under Articles
awarded: Commended

The article describes the initiatives being proposed by two candidates running for the Valletta local council elections. Each candidate discusses their view of waste separation by the residents of the city, describes activities they have organised to raise awareness about this issue and states the changes they would implement if they were elected as mayor.



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How can the EU help the poor

submitted by Kirkop secondary school : Joy Baldacchino  for 11-14
campaign: yre-entry
dissemination(s): Facebook, other, school media
filed under Articles
awarded: Commended

This article investigates the waste of resources and finances involved in the traveling of MEPs between Strasbourg and Brussels and how this money can be channelled to help the poor.



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A grey future and Malta?

submitted by Our Lady Immaculate : Nicole Mizzi  for 11-14
campaign: yre-entry
dissemination(s): website
filed under Articles
awarded: Commended

60% of wildlife wiped out by human activity in 44 years.According to the World Wildlife funds ‘Living Planet’ report as at 2018, that involved over 59 scientists from across the globe, 60% of wildlife has been wiped out by human activity in the last 44 years. This equals to more than 4,000 animals with a backbone such as mammals, birds, fish and reptiles. One of the reasons that wildlife is being wiped out is because of the vast and growing consumption of food. Statistics show that 300 mammal species are being eaten into extinction. Food production and uses of natural resources are also the reason why wildlife is being wiped out. America is among the countries using the most natural resources. Palm oil is a great example of how these natural resources are affecting the wildlife. According to WWF, an area of forest that equals to 300 football fields is cleared each hour to make way for palm oil production. This is pushing many species to extinction. Example it is estimated that 1,000 to 5,000 orangutans are killed each year for this development. Palm oil is not only present in foods but also in cosmetics, cleaning and washing detergents, toothpastes and shampoos. Over fishing is another cause of 83% if freshwater species getting wiped out. Pollution and climate change are another reason. A product of this is a decrease of 30% of polar bears. Sea birds are being affected plastic is found in 90% of sea birds. Hunting , a hobby is another reason we are loosing wildlife. Deforestation is the removal of a forest or stand of trees from land which is then converted to a non-forest use, for example trees are used for buildings and sold as fuel. This causes animals to loose their habitat. Deforestation is not only destroying wonders of nature but also jeopardizing the lives of people. By destroying nature we are loosing fresh air, water and soil. These are all necessary for people to oceans, rivers, biodiversity and life. Current efforts to protect the nature aren’t keeping up with the speed of man-made destructions. On 12th December 2015, in Paris, an agreement was reached to combat climate change and to accelerate and intensify the actions and investments needed for a sustainable low carbon future. One of their targets was to limit global temperature rises. Recently another report on 5th December 2018 it was reported that in Poland opened an international conference about climate change. Experts warn that there has to be an action taken in the next 2 years, the world is going to suffer from climate change with a large negative impact on population. This meeting in Poland is considered more important than the meeting in Paris. We took the opportunity to ask Vincent Attard the President of Nature Trust what he thinks about this subject. 1) In light of this article what is your opinion of the state of flora and fauna here in Malta? Is there any research with regards to …



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Recycling Computers

submitted by Cospicua. Senior Secondary School St. Margaret College Verdala : Aaliyah Bonello, Lara Agius  for 15-18
campaign: litter-less-campaign-entry
dissemination(s): school media
filed under Articles
awarded: Commended

Throughout the scholastic year, computers change once in a while. Questioning was done on what is happening to old computers. In some schools, computers are recycled and used in other subjects but what happens to the computers around Malta?



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Clean up in Tarxien and Santa Lucija

submitted by St.Thomas More College Secondary School Santa Lucija : Justyn James Galea, Kleaven Cassar, Leah Cocks, Leandros Catania  for 15-18
campaign: litter-less-campaign-entry
dissemination(s): other, School Facebook Page, school magazine, school media
filed under Articles
awarded: Commended

Four fifth formers decided to clean up the area near their old school, the Tarxien Middle school on a public holiday. They were always concerned by the rubbish that was accumulating in the area, as residents treat it like a dumping zone. The students had taken part in a clean up around Santa Lucija in November, with the Eko Skola group and this spurred them to take action and not just complain!



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The impact of globalisation on cultural identity

submitted by Kirkop secondary school : Daniela Farrugia  for 11-14
campaign: yre-entry
dissemination(s): Mqabba Local Council noticeboard, other, school media
filed under Articles
awarded: Commended

This article investigates the impact of globalisation on the Maltese language.



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Plastic

submitted by Kirkop secondary school : Rowena Bugeja  for 11-14
campaign: yre-entry
dissemination(s): school media
filed under Articles
awarded: Commended

This article investigates plastic pollution on the land and in the sea.



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The effect of social media on commerce

submitted by Kirkop secondary school : Elishia Attard, Kylee Calleja  for 11-14
campaign: yre-entry
dissemination(s): school media
filed under Articles
awarded: Commended

This article investigates the effect of social media (fb, instagram, online shopping) on commerce.



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Let’s think about hunting in Malta

submitted by Kirkop secondary school : Silvia Spiteri  for 11-14
campaign: yre-entry
dissemination(s): school media
filed under Articles
awarded: Commended

This article investigates different opinions about hunting in Malta.



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