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Environment

  • Common dolphin becoming less common in the Mediterranean

    Common dolphin becoming less common in the Mediterranean

    The Common Dolphin species (Delphinus delphis) used to be the most abundant cetacean species in the Medi­terranean Sea. But in the past decade it has been in steep decline in Greek and Italian waters. Notable populations remain in the Alboran Sea...

  • Students’ boot camp on applied oceanography

    Students’ boot camp on applied oceanography

    Students on the University of Malta’s M.Sc. in Applied Oceanography recently monitored the discharge of water at Ħofra ż-Żgħira bay used to cool down Delimara power station, as well as the waters at the adjacent Ħofra l-Kbira as a control...

  • Agriculture without a water policy

    Agriculture without a water policy

    “Never have Malta’s groundwater resources been in such a precarious state. Ground water is being severely over-exploited.” This grim state of affairs was noted two years ago by a member of the Malta Water Association, an organisation which...

  • Ramblers’ walks in June and July

    Ramblers’ walks in June and July

    Wednesday, June 1: Valleys and Ridges (Scenic, historical, geological). The walk starts from Mtarfa and proceeds down to Chadwick Lakes and from there through a rural landscape along the Victoria Lines to Nadur Tower. Then this circular tour...

  • April temperatures break records across the globe

    April temperatures break records across the globe

    Last month was the hottest April on record across the world – making it the 12th month in a row when global temperature records were broken, scientists have said. Malta too experienced drier and warmer temperatures than usual with an average daily...

  • Major Antarctic glacier at risk of destabilisation

    Major Antarctic glacier at risk of destabilisation

    Global warming could raise sea levels by almost three metres by destabilising a major eastern Antarctic glacier, scientists have said. A study predicts that unless the current rate of climate change is reduced, the Totten Glacier could cross a...

  • The lantana

    The lantana

    The lantana is a central and South American bush that grows well in Maltese soils and is often planted in gardens and public areas. It is commonly known, both in English and Maltese, as lantana but it is also known as the Spanish flag, West Indian...

  • Weed killer glyphosate unlikely to cause cancer: UN review

    Weed killer glyphosate unlikely to cause cancer: UN review

    The pesticide glyphosate, sold by Monsanto in its Roundup weed killer product and widely used in agriculture and by gardeners, is unlikely to cause cancer in people, according to a new safety review by United Nations health, agriculture and food...

  • Wied Għomor and Mqabba: two weights, two measures

    Wied Għomor and Mqabba: two weights, two measures

    Environmentalists’ spirits were lifted when they heard the Prime Minister declaring on May 1 that his government would strive to prove its environmental credentials. They assum­ed this bold statement would provide breathing space for Malta’s...

  • Rising air pollution levels in world’s cities killing millions

    Rising air pollution levels in world’s cities killing millions

    Almost all inhabitants of large cities in low and middle-income countries face excessively high air pollution, a growing problem that is “wreaking havoc on human health”, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. The agency, hoping to raise...

  • Fifth of plant types at risk

    Fifth of plant types at risk

    One in five types of plants worldwide is at risk of extinction from threats such as farming and logging that are wrecking many habitats, a first global overview of plant life said. In total, 391,000 types of plants are known to science, from tiny...

  • Barbary bugs

    Barbary bugs

    The Barbary bugs are flower beetles often seen feeding on the flowers of the crown daisy and other large flowers. They can be found in the Maltese countryside from late winter to early summer and spend most of the day feeding on pollen and...

  • 17 steps to sustainability

    17 steps to sustainability

    A recent workshop on sustainable development goals promoted public dialogue on 17 goals set by the United Nations last year to steer the planet toward a better future. In September 2015, world leaders adopted an agenda for sustainable development...

  • Geological field trip in northern Appenines

    Geological field trip in northern Appenines

    Students in the University of Malta’s first M.Sc Petroleum Studies course recently took part in a geology field trip in Italy’s northern Appenines. The students spent three days examining the turbidite deposits of the Marnoso-Arenacea formation in...

  • Maltese delegation at European Geosciences Union annual assembly

    Staff and students from the University of Malta’s Department of Geosciences participated the European Geosciences Union’s recent annual general assembly in Vienna. This year’s event attracted 13,650 participants from 109 countries and from all...

  • Study on how to manage possible conflicts between tourism and renewable energy projects in Malta

    Prof. Agatino Rizzo from Luleå University of Technology, Sweden, was recently in Malta to interview institutional stakeholders to explore the government’s ambitions in the implementation of renewable energy projects in Malta. Prof. Rizzo’s visit...

  • Quake Watch

    Quake Watch

    A powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit the coast of Ecuador on April 16, killing over 250 people and injuring more than 2,500. Ecuador lies in a subduction zone, that is, a region where two plates meet and one rides over the other. In this case,...

  • Indigenous stories to fill climate change data gaps

    Indigenous stories to fill climate change data gaps

    Canadian scientists have collected stories from more than 90,000 people whose traditional ways of life rely on nature, in an effort to capture signs of climate change where weather stations are absent. Their findings, published in the journal...

  • Rising heat at work imposes a threat

    Searing temperatures will cost emerging economies up to 10 per cent in lost daytime working hours, if countries do not cut planet-warming emissions further than they have promised so far, UN agencies and inter­national labour bodies said. Global...

  • Two-storey boathouses? Only in Malta

    Two-storey boathouses? Only in Malta

    Eyebrows should certainly be raised by the recent approval of a permit sactioning an existing second storey addition to a boathouse at Wied iż-Żurrieq, which was waved through despite the fact that the case officer for the planning application (PA...

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