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  • Research on vulnerabilities of the built environment

    Research on vulnerabilities of the built environment

    Academics from the University of Malta are collaborating with partners from Europe and Asia involved in Cabaret, an EU-funded research project that focuses on resilience and the vulnerabilities of the built environment. The project deals with...

  • Indigenous trees planted at school

    Members of the ‘Grow 10 Trees Project’, the eNGO Why Not? and Leaf (Learning About Forests) Malta, together with volunteers and children at San Ġorġ Preca College’s Middle School at Blata l-Bajda, recently teamed up to plant around 56 mostly...

  • The lay vs the lie of the land

    The lay vs the lie of the land

    February, with its wintry wrath of wet and chilly days, is thankfully nearly over and ramblers look forward to the warmer sunny days of March that boost the dazzling radiance of colourful nature. Spring looms once again, and the spirit is spruced...

  • Mcast research group involved in Med agri land use project

    Mcast research group involved in Med agri land use project

    The link between agriculture, biodiversity and the environment is particularly important today in the context of the complex challenges impacting on these sectors simultaneously. Many are aware of the important role of biodiversity in supporting...

  • Students learn about organic farming through journalism

    Students learn about organic farming through journalism

    Eight students aged between 11 and 14, from St Michael’s Foundation, San Ġwann, recently had a hands-on experience of environmental journalism to learn how to report responsibly on organic farming practices and proper labelling of food...

  • Ramblers’ joie de vivre

    Ramblers’ joie de vivre

    The countryside in February will be showing off the best of its velvety verdant mantle, and with some luck, a crisp, sunlit day will draw deep contrasting colour by complementing white, puffed clouds against a blue sky. The effect is breathtaking...

  • Tree Your Town scheme launched on Arbor Day

    Tree Your Town scheme launched on Arbor Day

    A number of indigenous trees were recently planted at Xrobb l-Għaġin Nature Park and Sustainable Development Centre, l/o Marsaxlokk, as part of activities held on Arbor Day to launch Tree Your Town, a new school-community link project grant...

  • Ramblers’ winter walks released

    Ramblers’ winter walks released

    The Ramblers’ Association of Malta (RAM) has just released its winter 2018 programme of walks, and duly sent it out to all members. It covers the first three months of 2018. Non-members who would like to try out a walk with the association may...

  • 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...