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July Flower of the Month: The Chaste Tree (MT: Siġra tal-Virgi)
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July Flower of the Month: The Chaste Tree (MT: Siġra tal-Virgi)

Purple and lilac are once again the colours of this month’s featured flower thanks to the spectacular blooming of the Chaste Tree (Vitex agnus-castus)  which occasionally has pinkish lighter flowers.  Known with various names in both Maltese (Għadiba, Bżar tal-Patrijiet) and English (Chasteberry, Monk’s Peppers) this deciduous Mediterranean species is one of the only indigenous...

Friends of the Earth wins climate case against Shell.
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Friends of the Earth wins climate case against Shell.

For the first time in history, a judge has held a corporation liable for causing dangerous climate change. Today, as a result of legal action brought by Friends of the Earth Netherlands (Milieudefensie) together with 17,000 co-plaintiffs and six other organisations the court in The Hague ruled that Shell must reduce its CO2 emissions by 45% within 10...

Urban permaculture and mental health during and after the pandemic
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Urban permaculture and mental health during and after the pandemic

One can feel that Heaven is here on Earth, especially when we look at and consciously connect with Nature and its immense complexity and intelligence. Many of us who practise permaculture or organic gardening have known for a long time that being in Nature is healing and lifting the Spirit. Just this last year researchers from...