Malta has a serious nitrate pollution problem. But where is it all coming from? Marianne Stuart traces the source from the underground galleries to farmer

The hunting of songbirds for consumption as a delicacy in restaurants, principally in Italy, is an issue of serious conservation concern. This activity, which involves highly organized criminal activity in South-east and Central Europe, has received insufficient attention to date, however. Hunters are illegally shooting birds and smuggling them to northern Italy and Malta.

Agriculture ministers of 10 eu countries voted against the approval of three genetically modified (gm) varieties of maize for use in the European market on September 26, but failed to block it. The move reflects divisions among eu nations over whether gm crops pose a risk to health.

greenpeace has proposed environment-friendly methods for waste management in the Mediterranean. In a recently released report, it has suggested an infrastructure for selective collection,

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