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Environment

  • Researchers, sport fishermen collaborate to conserve

    Researchers, sport fishermen collaborate to conserve

    Researchers from the University of Malta’s conservation biology research group, led by conservation biologist Adriana Vella have been monitoring fishing competitions organised by sport fishing clubs around the island for many years. Close...

  • Making flying greener and safer

    Making flying greener and safer

    Prof. David Zammit Mangion from the University of Malta is working on a project called Clean Sky which aims to ensure a safer and more environmentally friend­ly flight path for planes. The project started by identifying Malta International...

  • Ocean governance course

    The 13th edition of the IOI Regional Ocean Governance Malta Training Course will be held from November 5 to December 8. Admission is limited to 20 participants. The course consists of four modules dealing with the international ocean legal...

  • Talk on birds and humans

    Talk on birds and humans

    Ornithologist Dr Natalino Fenech will deliver a talk entitled Birds and Humans in the Maltese Islands on April 27 at 6pm at the AZAD Foundation, 224, Republic Street, Valletta. Man always had some form of relationship with birds. Birds have long...

  • Church sets eco-friendly example

    Church sets eco-friendly example

    In Malta there are many Church properties. So if these properties were all powered by solar energy, not only would substantial amounts of money be saved by the respective parishes and provinces in the Maltese diocese, but there would be a...

  • Birds on a spring outing

    Birds on a spring outing

    Spring has sprung across the Maltese islands, and with the season come the first signs of migration, offering the perfect opportunity for families to observe the beauty of nature and the great outdoors. The past weeks have brought exciting...

  • Relish the reawakening of nature

    Relish the reawakening of nature

    The programme of walks for spring has just been published by the Ramblers’ Association and promises members and guests the opportunity to fully relish the reawakening and blossoming of nature at a time when climatic conditions are at their best -...

  • Reducing emissions from buildings

    Reducing emissions from buildings

    A regional workshop was held this month for architects, engineers and other public stakeholders engaged in the area of energy efficiency and related policy for buildings. In partnership with seven other European countries, the Interreg Europe...

  • Training material prepared for artisanal, small-scale fishermen

    Training material prepared for artisanal, small-scale fishermen

    Local, artisanal, small-scale fishermen are invited to attend an event on April 21 at 8.30am at the Cottonera Resource Centre, Vittoriosa, during which training material in Maltese on safety at sea, technology on boats, fishing legislation, fish...

  • Short course in marine biology

    Short course in marine biology

    A short course in marine biology will be held from Wednesday to May 24 by the Department of Biology of the University of Malta’s Faculty of Science. Topics to be covered include physical and biological aspects of the marine environment, changing...

  • A rainwater reservoir for San Anton Palace?

    A rainwater reservoir for San Anton Palace?

    A rainwater harvesting reservoir first built in 1600 is set to be reinstated at San Anton Palace following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to mark World Water Day.  The MOU was signed by representatives of the Office of the President...

  • 2017 sees more rising temperatures and climate extremes, records show

    2017 sees more rising temperatures and climate extremes, records show

    Weather and climate extremes have continued into 2017 after last year saw record breaking temperatures, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) said. Global average temperatures were 1.1C above pre-industrial levels in 2016, slightly above the...

  • Reflecting about quarries and technology

    Reflecting about quarries and technology

    During recent walks organised by the Malta Ramblers’ Association, which passed by old and new quarries, I could not help reflecting on how we take everything for granted, not appreciating that technological development has made life easier and...

  • Pupils learn about trees and more outdoors

    Pupils learn about trees and more outdoors

    Kindergarten and primary year pupils recently took part in a series of hands-on sessions in the picnic areas and the surrounding garigue at Xrobb l-Għaġin Nature Park and Centre for Sustainable Development, Marsaxlokk. The pupils sowed seeds,...

  • Collective amnesia at Dwejra

    Collective amnesia at Dwejra

    The recent public outpouring of grief over the collapse of the Azure Window, the iconic geological structure at Dwejra, is revealing indeed, especially in terms of the country’s inability to properly prioritise environmental issues. While we are...

  • Seismic station in Xlendi records Azure Window collapse

    Seismic station in Xlendi records Azure Window collapse

    This collapse of the Azure Window in Dwejra, Gozo, on the morning of March 8 was recorded by the seismic station in Xlendi of the Seismic Monitoring and Research Group (SMRG) at the University of Malta. The seismic station, which is just around...

  • Millions of tonnes of single-use plastic soft drink bottles 'sold every year'

    Millions of tonnes of single-use plastic soft drink bottles 'sold every year'

    More than two million tonnes of throwaway plastic soft drinks bottles are sold each year, with only a small proportion made from recycled materials, research reveals. A survey by Greenpeace found five of six global soft drinks firms sold...

  • A market for recycled clothing

    A market for recycled clothing

    Collection of clothing and fabrics for re-use is taking root in localities all over the Maltese islands. Last year’s fashions, discarded from our wardrobes and passed on, can go a long way toward helping the environment. Recycling textiles in this...

  • Presentation of evidence of atmospheric pollution by cigarette tobacco smoke

    Presentation of evidence of atmospheric  pollution by cigarette tobacco smoke

    What happens to the cigarette smoke once a cigarette is consumed? Scientific evidence shows that harmful compounds emitted by cigarettes persist in the atmosphere over time even after they are consumed. The first evidence of tobacco atmospheric...

  • Five bright planets now visible

    Five bright planets now visible

    This is a great month for observing planets – with up to five bright planets visible. March marks also the end of Venus as an evening star. The brilliant planet has dominated evening skies over the past few months from 45 million kilometres away;...

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