• Good business sense

    Good business sense

    Generation Awake – the European movement for smart consumers – aims to raise awareness on the importance of using more innovative and resource-efficient business models and optimal management of waste to sustain a greener economy. A number of...

  • Deep soil ‘poses carbon threat’

    Deep soil ‘poses carbon threat’

    Deeply buried organic soil rich in ancient carbon from fire ash and vegetation poses a previously unrecognised greenhouse gas threat, say scientists. Disturbance of the soils through erosion, agriculture, deforestation, mining and other human...

  • China to take 5m old cars off the roads

    China plans to take more than five million ageing vehicles off its roads this year in a bid to improve air quality, with 330,000 cars set to be decommissioned in Beijing alone, the government said in a policy document published...

  • Project to map Malta’s seabed habitats

    Project to map Malta’s seabed habitats

    Marine caves, sand banks and reefs around the Malta are being studied as part of a €1.3 million four-year (2013-2017) project entitled Benthic Habitat Research for Marine Natura 2000 Site Designation (Bahar), funded by the EU under the Life+...

  • Politics of bluefin tuna in Malta

    A paper entitled ‘The Politics of Bluefin Tuna in Malta’ by Dr Michael Briguglio, who lectures at the University’s Sociology Department, has been published in the international peer-reviewed academic journal Annuals of Marine Sociology. The paper...

  • Preserving environmental activism’s first records

    Preserving environmental activism’s first records

    A budding naturalist with an empty Horlicks jar collects stick insects and writes down his observations for posterity. Another ardent fan of nature observes how bats negotiate the man-made environment as they struggle to return to their roost – a...

  • 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...