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  • Ramblers’ walks in December

    Ramblers’ walks in December

    Sunday, December 4: Ġnejna Bay to Kunċizzjoni (Scenic) We will be walking along Malta’s western coast with all its beauty. The climb up to Kunċizzjoni Chapel is steep and could be slippery, if wet. We will be passing by Fomm ir-Riħ, the Victoria...

  • Delegating planning decisions

    Delegating planning decisions

    Amid the Planning Authority’s convoluted internal organisation, which features numerous boards, committees and units, the Planning Board is somewhat of a household name, probably because it is the punching bag of choice for the media. In fact, the...

  • New Zealand is on the move

    New Zealand is on the move

    New Zealand is part of the famous ‘Ring of Fire’, a region known for its high seismic activity and damaging earthquakes. This borders the Pacific Plate and includes many of the world’s greatest seismic and volcanic hot spots, including Indonesia,...

  • A new climate under Trump

    A new climate under Trump

    Twelve days of meetings on how to achieve emissions targets set in Paris have just come to a close earlier this month in Marrakech, Morocco. But the US election result cast a distinct shadow over the proceedings. There was fear among the 20,000...

  • Project reveals the extent of littering problem in the deep sea around the Maltese islands

    Project reveals the extent of littering problem in the deep sea around the Maltese islands

    As part of the Life Baħar for N2K project, 420,000 m2 of the deep seabed within the 25 nautical mile Fisheries Management Zone surrounding the Maltese islands have been explored during two expeditions in 2015 and 2016. Surveys with an underwater...

  • Recent seismic activity in central Italy and Malta

    Recent seismic activity in central Italy and Malta

    On August 24, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck the Amatrice region in central Italy, killing around 300 people and causing severe damage and collapse to buildings. Hundreds of aftershocks followed the earthquake. On October 30, a magnitude 6.5...

  • Regional ocean governance course kicks off

    Regional ocean governance course kicks off

    The 11th edition of a five-week International Ocean Institute regional ocean governance course was recently launched at the University of Malta. There are 18 participants in this year’s course, coming from Malta, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Iran,...

  • What’s good for the goose is good for the gander

    What’s good for the goose is good for the gander

    It is commendable that the Planning Authority has nipped in the bud (or so it is hoped) any aspirations to reclaim land from the sea off the site of the former Jerma Palace Hotel in Marsascala. In its screening letter, the PA called the  proposal...

  • Researchers discuss paths to a low-carbon economy

    Researchers discuss paths to a low-carbon economy

    Paths to a low-carbon economy in Malta was the theme of the first in a series of seminars regarding climate change-related research held by the University of Malta’s Climate Change Platform (CCP) The seminars aim to present research developed at...

  • A tulip in the early evening skies

    A tulip in the early evening skies

    A giant gas cloud in the shape of a flower – let us call it a tulip – lies out in the vastness of space towards the constellation Cygnus, the swan. Known as the Tulip Nebula, this glowing cloud of interstellar gas and dust is around 8,000 light...

  • Another climate crunching gas

    Another climate crunching gas

    Worldwide power consumption for air conditioning is forecast to rise by more than 30 times the present rate by the end of this century. As incomes in developing countries increase and urban areas grow, people are set to use more energy for cooling...

  • De La Salle College students take up It’s Time to Help project

    De La Salle College students take up It’s Time to Help project

    De La Salle Junior College students were among other pupils from the Czech Republic, Latvia, Germany, Finland and Portugal who participated in the Erasmus+ project It’s Time to Help. The main idea of the project is to instil international...

  • Mcast lecturer shortlisted for E.I. energy awards

    Mcast lecturer shortlisted for E.I. energy awards

    Mcast senior lecturer and head of the Energy Research Group Brian Azzo­pardi has been shortlisted for this year’s EI Awards competition. The EI Awards is an annual competition run by the UK Energy Institute to celebrate the outstanding...

  • Power to the people: how to profit from a solar farm

    Power to the people: how to   profit from a solar farm

    First, what is a solar farm? In its 2014 draft policy document, Mepa defined it as: “A sizeable commercial installation with a footprint larger than 1,000m2, not usually related to residential development, for the purpose of renewable energy...

  • Ramblers relish autumn trails

    Ramblers relish autumn trails

    Fight obesity, enjoy rambling In its efforts to encourage a healthy lifestyle and to combat the scourge of obesity, which once again has plummeted Malta to the lowest placing as the European Capital of Obesity, the Ramblers’ Association is...

  • Wedding halls in the countryside

    Wedding halls in the countryside

    The accompanying photo is an example of the encroachment and spillover of commercial activities in rural areas in Malta. Planning application PA 04019/07 sought ‘full development’ permission for the change of use of a 50 to 60-person conference...

  • Senglea primary harvests water

    Senglea primary harvests water

    St Margaret College’s Senglea Primary recently installed water tanks as part of a water harvesting project at the school. The project was financed by the HSBC Water Programme – Catch the Drop, a three-year initiative part-funded by the HSBC...

  • 4,000th reward to GreenPak recycler

    4,000th reward to GreenPak recycler

    Every week, GreenPak representatives visit households that are taking part in the cooperative’s recycling system, and present residents with reusable cloth bags filled with free gifts. These range from food, beauty products, toiletries,...

  • Medicine men plant olive trees in Gozo

    Medicine men plant olive trees in Gozo

    Employees of local pharmaceutical firm Alvogen took time off from marketing medicines to plant olive trees in Gozo last month. The trees were planted at Qala's Ġnien il-Familja as part of the company's 7th anniversary celebrations.  “They say that...

  • Solar research for Malta’s renewable energy targets

    Solar research for Malta’s renewable energy targets

    How to meet Malta’s renewable energy targets by 2020 was at the heart of the annual conference held by the Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE) this month. This year’s keynote speech by Prof. Martin Green from University of New South Wales...

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