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  • Tiny plastc 'nurdles' discovered on 73 per cent of beaches in nationwide search in UK

    Tiny plastc 'nurdles' discovered on 73 per cent of beaches in nationwide search in UK

    A search of hundreds of beaches across the UK has found almost three-quarters of them are littered with tiny plastic pellets. The lentil-sized pellets known as "nurdles" are used as a raw material by industry to make new plastic products. But...

  • City butterflies struggling harder to survive than their country cousins

    City butterflies struggling harder to survive than their country cousins

    Butterflies are declining more dramatically in towns and cities than in the countryside, a study has revealed. Changes to gardens, increased pollution, development and loss of habitats such as wildlife-friendly brownfield sites are among the...

  • European Commission issues 'final warning' to UK over air pollution breaches

    European Commission issues 'final warning' to UK over air pollution breaches

    The European Commission has sent a "final warning" to the UK for failing to address repeated breaches of legal air pollution limits in 16 areas including London, Birmingham, Leeds, and Glasgow. The UK is one of five countries served with the...

  • Ocean literacy conference to be held in Malta

    Ocean literacy conference to be held in Malta

    Europe's next ocean literacy conference is to be hosted by the University of Malta this coming October.  The European Marine Science Educators Association event will focus on promoting a greater greater awareness of the sea and the role it plays...

  • Promoting green staff travel

    Promoting green staff travel

    Persuading people to give up their cars will almost certainly only happen if there is some form of incentive or viable alternative. The Planning Authority is offering its employees incentives to commute to work in a green way. The authority...

  • Closing the water cycle

    Closing the water cycle

    Water, or rather the lack of it, is expected to become more of a problem for countries in southern Europe in the years ahead. Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal and Spain have been relying increasingly on desalinated water at great cost for...

  • Talk on the use of software to boost energy efficiency

    Prof. Vytautas Siozinys recently delivered a lecture entitled ‘Software-based Solutions in the Renewable Energy Sector’ at the Malta College of Art, Science and Technology’s Institute of Engineering and Transport. Prof. Siozinys is an associate...

  • Best time of year to look at the stars and planets

    Best time of year to look at the stars and planets

    This month we are presented with some of the best evening skies for this year. The planet Venus blazes in the west and continues to dominate the evening sky in February, while Orion hangs high above it. The cold dark nights offer splendid views of...

  • Plastic coffee cups are no trophies

    Plastic coffee cups are no trophies

    Going against all odds and the hackneyed view of today’s young generation, I recently came to know better the eNGO Youth For The Environment (Y4TE). Run by a friendly group of 10 young executive members, the organisation works with youths in their...

  • The devil is in the detail

    The devil is in the detail

    The recently-launched Nationalist Party environmental policy has, in general, received cautious approval by environmentalists. For instance, the call to relocate the university development from the Żonqor outside development zone (ODZ) certainly...

  • Two swans shot dead...near Windsor Castle

    Two swans shot dead...near Windsor Castle

    Two swans have died after 12 were shot near to Windsor Castle in the UK. The protected birds were hit with an air weapon and slingshot during two incidents last week in Barry Avenue in Windsor, Berkshire, Thames Valley Police said. Four of the...

  • Households in England and Wales face 2 per cent in rise in water bills

    Households in England and Wales face 2 per cent in rise in water bills

    Households in England and Wales will be charged an average £395 (€464) for their water and sewerage over the coming year - an increase of £6 (€7) as companies invest in tackling leakage and flooding. Water UK, which represents water companies,...

  • Future of gin safe say experts after juniper seeds collected for conservation

    Future of gin safe say experts after juniper seeds collected for conservation

    The future of gin is safe, according to horticultural experts who have collected juniper seeds from across the country to help conserve the declining tree species. Juniper berries, which take two years to mature slowly on the plant, help give the...

  • Ramblers seek higher pastures

    Ramblers seek higher pastures

    Ramblers will be seeking higher pastures during February as the weather becomes crisp and visibility is at its best. It is that time of the year when floating white clouds in the clear dense-blue skies provide an excellent backdrop to the luscious...

  • Electric avenues – smart but costly

    Electric avenues – smart but costly

    A new word has been added to the dictionary this year. Innovations in transport and energy have brought us the ‘watt-way’, coined by a French firm making motorways out of solar panels. Renting farmland to install photovoltaic panels and generate...

  • Transport minister visits University’s green roof

    Transport Minister Joe Mizzi recently visited the Life Med Green Roof project at the University of Malta’s Faculty for the Built Environment. The project is aimed at studying and promoting the implementation of green roof technology in Malta by...

  • Mcast in two energy research projects

    The Malta College or Arts, Science and Technology (Mcast) is participating in two projects related to energy research. A 3D Micro Grid project entitled ‘Design, Development and Demonstration of a Future-Proof Active Smart Micro-Grid System’,...

  • How Trump’s climate change actions may affect everyone

    How Trump’s climate change actions may affect everyone

    Over 95 per cent of scientists believe that climate change is taking place and our survival depends on world leaders taking concrete steps to slow it down. Factual data, such as that presented below, cannot be denied, and yet US President Donald...

  • How to work the planning system

    How to work the planning system

    Away from the Delimara Floating Storage Unit, Townsquare and Mrieħel high-rises and other cause celebres which hog the limelight, there is a constant onslaught on countryside ODZ areas which goes on under the radar, without anyone batting an...

  • Ducks, swans competing for natural habitat

    Ducks, swans competing for natural habitat

    Gozo woke up on Monday, Jan­uary 2, to 12 “swans-a-swimming” in the Marsalforn Valley. Driven south by a spell of cold weather, it was as if they had flown straight out of a Christmas carol. The nature of our landscapes with small reservoirs,...

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