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Environment

  • New alien species threatens Malta’s freshwater ecosystems

    New alien species threatens Malta’s freshwater ecosystems

    An invasive alien freshwater species, the red swamp crayfish (Procambarus clarkia) has been found in Chadwick Lakes by members of the University of Malta’s Conservation Biology Research Group. The species, which has been carelessly introduced in...

  • Ekoteenz quiz winners

    Ekoteenz quiz winners

    Three 2nd year students at Pembroke Secondary School, which forms part of St Clare College, recently won the Ekoteenz quiz organised by YRE Malta and aired on TVM. The questions of the quiz revolved around sustainable development. Sixteen middle...

  • Collecting data in unexplored areas of the Mediterranean Sea

    Collecting data in unexplored areas of the Mediterranean Sea

    A major physical oceanography research project called Glider South was recently held to gather data on the relatively unexplored area of sea between the Maltese islands and the southern Mediterranean shelf between Malta and Libya using...

  • Conference on ‘evidence-based planning for greener cities’

    Conference on ‘evidence-based planning for greener cities’

    ‘Evidence-based planning for greener cities’ is the title of a conference that the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (Mcast) will hold on Tuesday at its Institute of Applied Sciences, Paola, in collaboration with the Maltese presidency...

  • Novel energy storage system to be tested in Grand Harbour

    Novel energy storage system to be tested in Grand Harbour

    A small-scale prototype of a novel concept for large-scale storing of renewable energy offshore will be tested in Grand Harbour later this year by a research team from the University of Malta’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. The concept...

  • Round-table seminar on green roofs

    A round table discussion was recently held by the University’s Faculty for the Built Environment for policy makers, politicians and other stakeholders to promote the creation of policies that favour the setting up of green roofs in Malta’s built...

  • Environmental project receives global recognition

    Environmental project receives global recognition

    A five-month Erasmusplus pro­ject entitled Protecting the Environment through Conservation Techniques in which eight students from Giovanni Curmi Higher Secondary School, Nax­xar, were involved was awarded second place at the World Symposium on...

  • Project to encourage low-carbon, energy-efficient mobility

    Project to encourage low-carbon, energy-efficient mobility

    The University of Malta is involved in a project called Camp-sUmp aimed at  promoting low-carbon strategies and energy efficiency while improving mobility in the Mediterranean area. One of the project objectives is to facilitate dialogue between...

  • Three rescued turtles return home

    Three rescued turtles return home

    Three rescued loggerhead turtles were recently released back into the sea by Nature Trust (Malta) volunteers after being rehabilitated at San Luċjan Tower under the medical care of Dr Anthony Gruppetta. The turtles, named Noelle, Chanel and...

  • Towards a circular, greener economy

    The University of Malta’s Department of Economics recently hosted a round table regarding the circular economy and greening enterprise with local representatives of State and private entities and stakeholders with an interest in the topics. Dr...

  • Rambling season coming to an end

    Rambling season coming to an end

    June is the harbinger of hot, sum­mer weather, and the month when the Ramblers’ programme of walks come to an end. Very soon the climate will no longer remain favourable for enjoying long walks. The landscape bares its arid soil rapidly after the...

  • Helping kids engage with nature and the outdoors

    Helping kids engage with nature and the outdoors

    What if everyone had the opportunity to engage with nature and the outdoors in a meaningful and lasting way? Research has shown that regular contact with nature not only increases knowledge and understanding of the environment but has a range of...

  • Maltese havens need to be conserved

    Maltese havens need  to be conserved

    With the spring days becoming more glorious and nature letting off its last display of hues and sweet scents, the outdoors become especially inviting for the splendour of magnificent landscapes and far-flung seascapes. The Ramblers’ programme for...

  • Researchers, sport fishermen collaborate to conserve

    Researchers, sport fishermen collaborate to conserve

    Researchers from the University of Malta’s conservation biology research group, led by conservation biologist Adriana Vella have been monitoring fishing competitions organised by sport fishing clubs around the island for many years. Close...

  • Making flying greener and safer

    Making flying greener and safer

    Prof. David Zammit Mangion from the University of Malta is working on a project called Clean Sky which aims to ensure a safer and more environmentally friend­ly flight path for planes. The project started by identifying Malta International...

  • Ocean governance course

    The 13th edition of the IOI Regional Ocean Governance Malta Training Course will be held from November 5 to December 8. Admission is limited to 20 participants. The course consists of four modules dealing with the international ocean legal...

  • Talk on birds and humans

    Talk on birds and humans

    Ornithologist Dr Natalino Fenech will deliver a talk entitled Birds and Humans in the Maltese Islands on April 27 at 6pm at the AZAD Foundation, 224, Republic Street, Valletta. Man always had some form of relationship with birds. Birds have long...

  • Church sets eco-friendly example

    Church sets eco-friendly example

    In Malta there are many Church properties. So if these properties were all powered by solar energy, not only would substantial amounts of money be saved by the respective parishes and provinces in the Maltese diocese, but there would be a...

  • Birds on a spring outing

    Birds on a spring outing

    Spring has sprung across the Maltese islands, and with the season come the first signs of migration, offering the perfect opportunity for families to observe the beauty of nature and the great outdoors. The past weeks have brought exciting...

  • Relish the reawakening of nature

    Relish the reawakening of nature

    The programme of walks for spring has just been published by the Ramblers’ Association and promises members and guests the opportunity to fully relish the reawakening and blossoming of nature at a time when climatic conditions are at their best -...

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