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Environment

  • 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...

  • Research, management of climate change risk in Malta

    The impacts of climate change on risk management and the challenges Malta faced with higher risks associated with extreme weather events was the theme of a keynote address delivered by Shield Consultants managing director John Schembri at the...

  • The December night skies

    The December night skies

    Anyone looking towards the southwest after sunset cannot miss Venus – the brightest object in the sky, apart from the sun and the moon. It continues to rise higher and higher as the days go by, during the evening hours. Venus has been called the...

  • New alien species in Mediterranean Sea

    New alien species in Mediterranean Sea

    The Niger Hind (Cephalopholis nigri) is a new alien fish species for the Mediterranean discovered by the University of Malta’s Conservation Biology Research Group. The discovery was reported in a paper published in the UK scientific peer-reviewed...

  • Environment protection agency in US under threat

    Environment protection agency in US under threat

    “The sky was black as the water and you could choke on the breeze. The coal miner’s daughters they were shouting from the trees”. The opening lyrics of West Virginian millennium band American Minor (2005) recall the deadly Buffalo Creek flood of...

  • 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...

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