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Environment

  • Meet the olinguito

    Meet the olinguito

    A secretive tree-living carnivore from the cloud forests of the Andes heads this year’s top 10 list of newly discovered species. The olinguito, from Columbia and Ecuador, is the first new carnivorous mammal described in the Western hemisphere in...

  • European nightjar

    European nightjar

    The European nightjar is a regular spring and autumn migrant but do not expect to see it unless you look for it between dusk and dawn. During the day, nightjars rest on the ground, usually in a shaded area underneath a bush or on a tree branch.

  • Bracing for jellyfish this summer

    Bracing for jellyfish this summer

    The International Ocean Institute-Malta Operational Centre (IOI-MOC) at the University is coordinating the organisation of a Med-Jellyrisk conference on Tuesday and training seminar on Wednesday at the Corinthia St George’s Hotel in St Julian’s.

  • EU expected to beat 2020 climate change targets

    EU expected to beat 2020 climate change targets

    The EU will cut its carbon emissions in 2020 by a bigger margin than it has pledged it would under UN climate change treaties, a meeting of the bloc’s environment ministers was told. “Europe will be overachieving in 2020,” Hans Bruyninckx,...

  • Tropical cyclones packing more punch further from the equator

    Tropical cyclones packing more punch further from the equator

    People in heavily populated Pacific and Indian Ocean coastal regions beyond the tropics should take heed, US scientists said, because tropical cyclones increasingly are packing their biggest punch farther from the equator. Over the past 30 years,...

  • Floating sails

    Floating sails

    In recent weeks there were several reports of large numbers of Velella velella floating close to the shore in several parts of Malta and Gozo. I also read about large numbers invading the sea in southern Italy. I had been seeing small numbers of...

  • Glacier thaw ‘irreversible’

    Glacier thaw ‘irreversible’

    Vast glaciers in West Antarctica seem to be locked in an irreversible thaw linked to global warming that may push up sea levels for centuries, scientists said. Six glaciers, eaten away from below by a warming of sea waters around the frozen...

  • Growing global use of coal is ‘overshadowing progress’

    Growing global use of coal for electricity is putting the world on the “wrong path” to delivering clean energy supplies economically, experts have warned. Trillions of pounds more will be needed than previously estimated to secure a global...

  • Quake Watch

    Quake Watch

    On April 4 and 5 many people in Malta felt two strong tremors but the two earthquakes are unrelated. The first occurred in southern Greece at 111 km depth with a magnitude of 5.6 on the Richter scale, while the latter took place in southern Italy...

  • Celebration of geosciences diversity

    Three delegates from the University’s Seismic Monitoring and Research Unit joined over 12,000 participants from 106 countries at the European Geosciences Union annual general assembly from April 28 to May 2 in Vienna. Sebastiano d’Amico, Pauline...

  • Conferences on jellyfish and marine biodiversity

    Conferences on jellyfish and marine biodiversity

    Two conferences aimed at increasing understanding and awareness of jellyfish and marine biological diversity issues will be held on May 22 and 23 by the University’s Department of Biology to mark the UN International Day for Biological...

  • University Matters

    University Matters

    Modern technologies have push­ed the boundaries of recording techniques, which in turn has led to improved efficiency for people working underwater; this includes diving archaeologists. In an interview with Patricia Camilleri for University...

  • Poacher diaries

    Poacher diaries

    Despite plenty of gunshots heard at Delimara, in Gozo and elsewhere, it has at last gone quiet outside our urban windows at dawn as another bloody spring hunt has ended. Since turtle dove migration was low this year, the sound of gunfire we were...

  • Rising CO2 ‘cuts nutrients in food’

    Rising CO2 ‘cuts nutrients in food’

    Rising levels of carbon dioxide (CO2 ) in the atmosphere are likely to rob some of the world’s most important food crops of nutrients, scientists have warned. Wheat, rice, soya beans and field peas all suffered significant losses of zinc and iron...

  • The squacco heron

    The squacco heron

    The squacco heron is one of the smaller herons that visit the Maltese islands. It breeds in small colonies in trees in southern Europe, the Middle East and other parts of Asia as well as in Africa, north and south of the Sahara. The European...

  • University Matters

    University Matters

    In an interview with Patricia Camilleri for University Matters on Campus FM 103.7, Dr Joseph Borg describes what seagrass habitat is and its importance to the marine environment in Maltese waters. He also outlines the main objectives of the...

  • The planets in May

    The planets in May

    Saturn, the ringed planet, reaches its brightest point on Saturday-Sunday night in the constellation of Libra. This is called opposition, and on such a day, being opposite the sun in the sky, Saturn will rise at sunset and set on the following...

  • Latest Entomology Bulletin published

    Latest Entomology Bulletin published

    The latest edition of the Entomology Bulletin includes details and photos 17 different species of dragonflies and damselflies that are native to the Maltese islands, including one species that has never before been recorded in Maltese...

  • Musing on maritime Malta

    Musing on maritime Malta

    European Maritime Day (May 21), which was celebrated in Malta last year, is the perfect red letter day to reflect on the oft-overlooked marine and maritime legacy of the Maltese archipelago. In an island state like ours, whose territorial waters...

  • Litter-infested sea bed resembles rubbish tip

    Litter-infested sea bed resembles rubbish tip

    Study finds huge quantities of plastic objects, fishing gear and other human waste at bottom of Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic and Arctic oceans Many areas of the sea bed resemble a rubbish dump filled with bottles, plastic bags, discarded fishing...

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