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  • Birdlife Malta in Sicily with Legambiente

    Birdlife Malta in Sicily with Legambiente

    Birdlife Malta’s events and activities group has teamed up with Legambiente in the Canicattini Bagni region of Sicily to organise exchange visits which include cultural, historical and nature activities. Group members and friends recently visited...

  • Gozo school team wins international water award

    Gozo school team wins international water award

    At a recent ceremony in London a team of students from Gozo College Middle School won the Community Impact Award of the Water Explorer project, supported by the HSBC Water Programme. The team, called Misty, was competing against 11 national...

  • Presentation on Malta’s ocean literacy initiatives at EMSEA 2018 conference

    Presentation on Malta’s ocean literacy initiatives at EMSEA 2018 conference

    Alan Deidun, a resident academic at the University of Malta’s Department of Geosciences and director of the International Ocean Institute (IOI) Malta Training Centre, recently delivered a keynote speech at the 2018 European Marine Science...

  • Monitoring underwater marine noise pollution in the Med

    Monitoring underwater marine noise pollution in the Med

    The more intensive use and exploi­tation of the Mediterranean Sea is increasing underwater noise which  negatively affects the health and services of marine ecosystems and biodiversity. Studies have found that noise pollution is impacting marine...

  • Encouraging public response to organic waste separation 

    Encouraging public response to organic waste separation 

    With little more than a week to go until the collection of organic waste separated at source comes into effect on October 31, Wasteserv is encouraged by the significant increase in public interest in the new arrangements. As a result, Wasteserv is...

  • Regular walking’s many benefits

    Regular walking’s many benefits

    One mission of the Ramblers’ Association is to promote a healthy way of life. Regular walking is widely considered an effective and cost-free physical exercise that has indisputable benefits to health. Regular walks deliver oxygen and nutrients to...

  • Climate change will mean far more Mediterranean wildfires

    Climate change will mean far more Mediterranean wildfires

    Europe’s Mediterranean regions have strong sunshine, bright blue seas, beautiful beaches, and pretty holiday houses immersed in pine forests that provide welcome shade. It sounds very inviting, but such a scenario is also perfect for severe...

  • It’s autumn – walking time again

    It’s autumn – walking time again

    After a long, hot summer that discouraged physical activity out of water, the autumn programme of walks prepared by the Ramblers’ Association starts next Sunday. The autumn programme includes 16 varied and spirited walks all over the Maltese...

  • €2.5m Malta-Italy project could help cut water use by 30 per cent

    €2.5m Malta-Italy project could help cut water use by 30 per cent

    A University of Malta-led EU project worth €2.5 million has the potential of reducing Malta’s water consumption by between 24 and 30 per cent, which is the total amount used for the flushing of toilets. Called Micro Watts, the project deals with...

  • EU’s top court confirms safety checks needed for new ‘GMO 2.0’

    EU’s top court confirms safety checks needed for new ‘GMO 2.0’

    The EU’s top court recently ruled that a controversial new generation of food genetic engineering techniques should be subject to EU safety checks and consumer labelling. In a landmark ruling, the European Court of Justice confirmed that new...

  • First steps taken to cut single-use plastics in Europe 

    First steps taken to cut  single-use plastics in Europe 

    The European Commission has taken a leap forward in tackling plastic pollution, with new laws to reduce throwaway single-use plastics.  The proposal, which is designed to prevent and reduce the impact of certain plastic products on the...

  • Local academic graduates in marine spatial planning

    Alan Deidun, resident academic within the Department of Geosciences at the University of Malta, was recently awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Marine Spatial Planning from the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland. Prof. Deidun was only one...

  • Maltese study contributes to international book on biodiversity studies

    Maltese artisanal fishermen and changing marine biodiversity feature in a new international book, Selected Studies in Biodiversity, that covers case studies from throughout the world. The chapter entitled ‘Safeguarding marine biodiversity in a...

  • Malta in project on acquaculture feeds, fish waste

    Malta in project on acquaculture feeds, fish waste

    The identification of less polluting feeds for aquaculture is one of the objectives of a recently launched EU-funded project involving six partners from Sicily and Malta, including the University of Malta, the Department of Fisheries and...

  • Collaboration between researchers and recreational fishing clubs

    Collaboration between researchers and recreational fishing clubs

    Researchers from the University of Malta’s Conservation Biology Research Group, led by Dr Adriana Vella, have for many years been collaborating with fishing clubs to monitor the types and number of fish being caught during their shore fishing...

  • FoE Malta suggests extending deposit scheme to other containers

    Friends of the Earth Malta (FoE Malta) has expressed support for the proposed introduction of the Beverage Container Refund Scheme (BCRS) by the Environment Ministry by the end of 2019 and has submitted a series of its recommendations to make the...

  • Marine research presented at international symposium

    Marine research presented at international symposium

    Four academics from the University of Malta recently presented their marine-related research at the 15th edition of the International Coastal Symposium (ICS) in Busan, South Korea. The Maltese academics – Prof. Alan Deidun, Dr Anthony Galea and Dr...

  • Bid to protect plant biodiversity in Natura 2000 sites in Malta, Sicily

    An ambitious project was recently launched aimed at reducing the loss of important and endangered plant species from Natura 2000 sites in Malta and Sicily through the use of seed banks and plant population reinforcement. The project, entitled...

  • ‘What I do matters’ at college primary

    ‘What I do matters’ at college primary

    ‘What I do matters… to me, to you, to the poor’ was the theme of a week-long series of awareness-building activities and hands-on action at St Aloysius’ College Primary, Balzan, on how pupils can make a difference to the local and global...

  • Oceanography students hold boot camp in Gozo

    Oceanography students hold boot camp in Gozo

    Students on the MSc course in Applied Oceanography recently completed a one week-long live-in boot camp experience that combined hands-on fieldwork, lab work, lectures, joint analysis of data, group discussions and scientific evaluations on the...