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  • Promoting research, networking on nature-based solutions

    Promoting research, networking on nature-based solutions

    The Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (Mcast) is coordinating a €1 million Horizon 2020 funded project aimed at deve­loping a research strategy in nature-based solutions, training and networking events, including international PhD...

  • Eco-Schools students audit the Education Ministry building

    Eco-Schools students audit the Education Ministry building

    Thirty Eco-Schools students from six schools recently conducted an environmental audit at the Ministry for Education building in Floriana. After a debriefing by Eco-Schools national coordinator Paul Pace, groups of the students chose specific...

  • Science with, for and by the people

    December 1900 marked the first ever ‘Christmas Bird Count’ in the US. Its aim was to get people counting bird species rather than killing them, and it’s now an annual tradition. Every year on a specific day between December 14 and January 5,...

  • Plastic-eating microbes could be the answer to plastic problem

    Plastic-eating microbes could be the answer to plastic problem

    One of the key culprits for the mounting plastic pollution problem is the staggering amount of single-use plastic we still consume and throw out daily. From bottles to straws to plastic bags, the world produces and consumes roughly one trillion...

  • Hands off our valleys!

    Hands off our valleys!

    February will see the last cold days of winter through. Although the season will still have 21 days to run, the weather is normally milder in March. With this in mind, the walks chosen for February are along tracks inland, as much as possible away...

  • Don’t be part of the problem, be part of the solution

    Don’t be part of the problem, be part of the solution

    Martina Mifsud was recently chosen by Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) International to represent Malta at the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24), hosted by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in...

  • Ramblers’ winter programme of walks

    Ramblers’ winter programme of walks

    The Ramblers’ Association of Malta recently announced its programme of walks for the first quarter of the new year, covering the winter season from January to March. With the chilly weather encouraging brisk walking, keen lovers of the outside...

  • EU agrees unprecedented cuts to single-use plastics

    EU agrees unprecedented cuts to single-use plastics

    The EU last week agreed to adopt a directive to introduce much-anticipated laws to slash single-use plastics. Friends of the Earth Malta (FoE Malta) welcomed the EU’s finalised new laws to reduce single-use plastics and said the agreed text was a...

  • A pedestrian crossing mainly for ramblers

    The Ramblers’ Association of Malta and the Friends of The Victoria Lines Trail have thanked Infrastructure Malta for laying out a pedestrian crossing at ‘Naxxar Gap’, almost at the top of the hill known as T’Alla u Ommu, l/o Naxxar, at the spot...

  • Research project on use of water in agriculture concluded

    Research project on use of water in agriculture concluded

    The ‘Fostering Water-Agriculture Research and Innovation in Malta’ (FOWARIM) project was recently concluded with a conference hosted by the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (Mcast) during which the research results were presented. The...

  • €1m PV research project launched at Mcast

    €1m PV research project launched at Mcast

    A €1 million EU project led by the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (Mcast) aimed at promoting research on photovoltaic (PV) integration was launched last week at the college’s main campus in Paola. The Joint Universal Activities for...

  • Plastic Bay

    Plastic Bay

    Plastic: invented in the beginning of the 20th century, revolutionised in the 1960s, now the cause of a global disaster. Composed of chains of small, repeating units, the resulting material is so durable that if the Knights of St John had...

  • University group presents research on sustainable fisheries

    University group presents research on sustainable fisheries

    The University of Malta’s Conservation Biology Research Group (CBRG-UM) recently contributed six presentations at the second International Fisheries Symposium held in Cyprus. It presented re­search outcomes related to artisanal and recreational...

  • Field surveys in Maltese waters

    Sampling of Maltese waters recently started as part of a nine-month field survey to assess and monitor the impact of stressors on priority benthic habitats in Malta and Sicily. Alan Deidun and Adam Gauci from the University of Malta’s Department...

  • Enforcement conspicuous by its absence

    Enforcement conspicuous by its absence

    Malta’s countryside takes on a different and normally short-lived perspective with the approach of the winter season in December. For most of the year, the days are bright and the skies are clear, but during late autumn and winter there are a few...

  • 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...