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  • Ramblers seek higher pastures

    Ramblers seek higher pastures

    Ramblers will be seeking higher pastures during February as the weather becomes crisp and visibility is at its best. It is that time of the year when floating white clouds in the clear dense-blue skies provide an excellent backdrop to the luscious...

  • Electric avenues – smart but costly

    Electric avenues – smart but costly

    A new word has been added to the dictionary this year. Innovations in transport and energy have brought us the ‘watt-way’, coined by a French firm making motorways out of solar panels. Renting farmland to install photovoltaic panels and generate...

  • Transport minister visits University’s green roof

    Transport Minister Joe Mizzi recently visited the Life Med Green Roof project at the University of Malta’s Faculty for the Built Environment. The project is aimed at studying and promoting the implementation of green roof technology in Malta by...

  • Mcast in two energy research projects

    The Malta College or Arts, Science and Technology (Mcast) is participating in two projects related to energy research. A 3D Micro Grid project entitled ‘Design, Development and Demonstration of a Future-Proof Active Smart Micro-Grid System’,...

  • How Trump’s climate change actions may affect everyone

    How Trump’s climate change actions may affect everyone

    Over 95 per cent of scientists believe that climate change is taking place and our survival depends on world leaders taking concrete steps to slow it down. Factual data, such as that presented below, cannot be denied, and yet US President Donald...

  • How to work the planning system

    How to work the planning system

    Away from the Delimara Floating Storage Unit, Townsquare and Mrieħel high-rises and other cause celebres which hog the limelight, there is a constant onslaught on countryside ODZ areas which goes on under the radar, without anyone batting an...

  • Ducks, swans competing for natural habitat

    Ducks, swans competing for natural habitat

    Gozo woke up on Monday, Jan­uary 2, to 12 “swans-a-swimming” in the Marsalforn Valley. Driven south by a spell of cold weather, it was as if they had flown straight out of a Christmas carol. The nature of our landscapes with small reservoirs,...

  • Modelling the link between biodiversity, ecosystem services and human well-being

    The contributions of Malta’s landscapes to human well-being were the theme of two presentations by researchers from the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (Mcast) at the Agromed International Conference 2016, which was hosted by the...

  • Ten wishes for 2017

    Ten wishes for 2017

    It’s that time of the year when slates are wiped clean and resolutions and aspirations for the coming months are the order of the day. The following 10 wishes for 2017 might be seen as tall orders, but as they say, hope springs eternal… 1.

  • Ramblers’ winter walks: a promise of joyful exercise

    Ramblers’ winter walks: a promise of joyful exercise

    The publication of the winter walks programme by the Ramblers’ Association could not have come to a more suitable setting. Having just been reminded that “heaven and earth are full of Your glory”, the programme promises glorious days out to a...

  • Environmental priorities of Malta’s EU presidency

    Environmental priorities of Malta’s EU presidency

    Today Malta takes up the third and final term of the EU presidency trio, after the Netherlands and Slovakia. The next six months should be a time for wrapping up and putting well-laid plans into action. When a Member State holds the presidency...

  • January’s astronomical sights

    January’s astronomical sights

    The new year starts off with the bright planet Venus dominating the western sky after sunset. Look at the sky tonight and tomorrow evening to see the waxing crescent moon glide past Venus, which shines brightly to its upper left-hand side tonight.

  • Rampant use of illegal electronic callers – Birdlife

    Rampant use of illegal electronic callers – Birdlife

    Birdlife Malta recently reiterated the call made last week by the Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) to close the trapping season for Golden Plover, after witnessing an exceptional migration of the species over the Maltese islands during the...

  • Political football and tribalism at Delimara

    Political football and tribalism at Delimara

    Let me start off with a proviso: this article reflects solely my opinion and may not reflect the opinion of other members of the Environment and Resources Authority (ERA) board or the ERA itself. The article is my own personal initiative and I...

  • Mosta garden cleaned up by Nectar employees

    Mosta garden cleaned up by Nectar employees

    Staff from food and beverage importation and distribution company Nectar recently undertook an extensive clean-up of Ġnien l-Għarusa tal-Mosta at Santa Margerita, Mosta. Equipped with biodegradable garbage bags, gloves, and spades, the staff...

  • Project aims to cut air pollution from ships in the Mediterranean

    Project aims to cut air pollution from ships in the Mediterranean

    A project entitled ‘Together against Air Pollution from Ships’ was re­cently launched in Malta aimed at conducting a public awareness campaign regarding air pollution generated by cruise ships with the ultimate goal of establishing a Sulphur...

  • Planning for more bicycles

    Planning for more bicycles

    The cycling community in Malta is growing. More and more cyclists are gliding past cars drivers fuming as they crawl along in the daily traffic jam. If only there were more bicycles out there and fewer cars clogging our roads. At a talk last...

  • Facing the challenge of Malta’s waste

    Malta generates one of the highest levels of waste per capita in the European Union. A Eurostat report published last March showed that a shocking 600 kilos of waste was generated by each person in Malta in 2014. This makes Malta the sixth largest...

  • Biology graduates present their research

    Biology graduates present their research

    Research projects on a wide range of topics were presented at the 2016 Biology Symposium held by the University of Malta’s Department of Biology in collaboration with the Environment and Resources Authority. The annual event enables the year’s...

  • Fishing for sponges in the Mediterranean

    Fishing for sponges in the Mediterranean

    Sponge fishing is one of those quintessential Mediterranean maritime industries that have been conducted in the area since antiquity. The Queen’s Palace in Knossos, Crete, dating back to the Minoan period (3,500-1,500 BC), features sponge painting...

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