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  • Mussels of the European Arctic contain most microplastics - study

    Mussels of the European Arctic contain most microplastics - study

    Tiny bits of plastic are contaminating mussels from the European Arctic to China in a sign of the global spread of ocean pollution that can end up on people's dinner plates. Mussels in apparently pristine Arctic waters had most plastic of any...

  • Malta joins international Litter Less Campaign

    Malta joins international Litter Less Campaign

    Workshops about marine litter and the delicate sand dune ecosystems were held as part of the official launch in Malta of the international Litter Less Campaign. The campaign aims to educate young people on the issue of litter and encourage them to...

  • Rediscovering the tasty and healthy carob

    Rediscovering the tasty and healthy carob

    The fruit of the carob tree is a healthy substitute for chocolate and can be used to make cakes and drinks, students at Gozo College’s Middle School learned during an ecoschool project over the past three months. The students have been conducting...

  • Myth Debunked: Is asupermoon really super?

    Myth Debunked: Is asupermoon really super?

    The term ‘supermoon’ carries with it a heavy dose of expectation, with the coined term leaving unaware individuals with the idea that the moon will appear much bigger and brighter than it normally is in the sky. While the supermoon is indeed at...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    The GLEAM Survey of the sky, showing our Milky Way galaxy in radio waves. Photo: Natasha Hurley-Walker (ICRAR/Curtin) and the GLEAM Team.

  • Raising awareness that not wasting is everyone’s business

    Raising awareness that not wasting is everyone’s business

    As part of European Week for Waste Reduction a business breakfast on the theme ‘Make it your business not to waste’ on how local businesses can reduce waste was held by the Ministry for the Environment at a hotel in St Julian’s. Waste expert Mario...

  • ‘Water Explorer’ programme launched in Malta

    ‘Water Explorer’ programme launched in Malta

    Malta is now part of the international ‘Water Explorer’ programme, delivered locally by Nature Trust – FEE Malta through its Eco Schools programme and supported by the HSBC Water Programme. Students from 24 schools attended the launch which was...

  • Biodiversity congress unearths the woes of Malta’s habitats

    Biodiversity congress unearths the woes of Malta’s habitats

    Illegal fishing and the depletion of fish stocks is leading to false claims on the type of fish offered by supermarkets and restaurants, a biodiversity conference was told. Mako shark, a protected species, is sometimes passed off as swordfish in...

  • Ramblers’ walks in December: tribute and censure where due

    Ramblers’ walks in December:  tribute and censure where due

    The Ramblers’ Association walk leaders take great care to scout a walk and see to the safety of a route. They also prepare brief presentations about what captures their imagination along a route, be it cultural, natural, geological, or...

  • University graduate wins ‘outstanding poster’ award at Medcoast 2017

    University graduate wins ‘outstanding poster’ award at Medcoast 2017

    A poster entitled ‘Stakeholder Involvement  in Marine Spatial Planning’ by Lydia Koehler, a recent Ocean Governance graduate from the University of Malta’s Faculty of Laws, was chosen as an ‘outstanding poster presentation’ from among the 116...

  • Enigmatic coral recorded for first time from Malta

    Enigmatic coral recorded for first time from Malta

    Sizeable colonies of a large stony coral species called Oculina patagonica, first recorded in Argentina in 1908, have been observed for the first time this year on jetties in Maltese harbours by researchers from the Marine Ecology Research Group...

  • Ramblers’ walks for November: seeing the countryside as it is

    Ramblers’ walks for November: seeing the countryside as it is

    The four Sundays falling in November are equally balanced with walks in the south and north of the island’s littoral and surrounds. Walkers will be able to view for themselves the beauty of nature and God’s creation. They will also be able to...

  • The wonders of migration

    The wonders of migration

    As the seasons begin to change and the summer sun starts to cool, migratory bird species all across Europe prepare for their epic journey to Africa to spend the winter months. Situated in the middle of the Mediterranean and between the two...

  • Clean-up of Maltese seas hauls over 140kg of plastic

    Clean-up of Maltese seas hauls over 140kg of plastic

    The ‘Clean the Seas’ project launched in July by online gam­ing company Mr Green, in collaboration with the University of Malta, came to an end last month. The result was a massive haul of 140 kilograms of plastic collected from Maltese coastal...

  • Bank helps staff to cut plastic bottled water use

    Bank helps staff to cut plastic bottled water use

    Subsidies offered by HSBC Bank Malta’s flagship environmental campaign, Catch the Drop, encouraged 53 members of the bank’s staff to install reverse osmosis (RO) water filtration systems in the homes. It is estimated that the shift from bottled...

  • Mcast, State agency to cooperation in energy, water sectors

    Mcast, State agency to cooperation in energy, water sectors

    The Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (Mcast) and the Energy and Water Agency have agreed to collaborate to design, develop and implement the training programmes related to the energy and water sectors and draft policy papers on...

  • Short course in fisheries and aquaculture

    Short course in fisheries and aquaculture

    A short evening course entitled ‘An Introduction to Fisheries and Aquaculture’ will be held at the University of Malta’s Department of Biology from October 31 to December 12. Overfishing is one of the most important threats facing the...

  • Ramblers welcome autumn

    Ramblers welcome autumn

    As much as the summer season is generally enjoyed by all, especially for its weather and vacation time, the cooling change of September is gratifying to all, even to those who enjoy sea sport. So again this year, with the welcome arrival of autumn...

  • Project finds multiple benefits of green roofs

    Project finds multiple benefits of green roofs

    Green roofs can be effective in reducing the use of energy for air conditioning, especially in the hotter months, a four-year re­search project at the University of Malta has concluded. The results of the project were presented at a seminar held...

  • Researchers developing system to determine most fuel-efficient aircraft climbs, descents

    Researchers developing system to determine most fuel-efficient aircraft climbs, descents

    A consortium of researchers from the University of Malta’s Institute of Aerospace Technologies, QuAero and Malta Air Traffic Services are conducting research to develop a system to reduce aircraft fuel consumption during their climbs and descents...