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  • 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...

  • Promoting water sustainability at Mosta school

    Two projects supported by the HSBC water programme Catch the Drop are promoting water sustainability at Maria Regina College Secondary School, Żokrija, Mosta. One project involved recovering rainwater and directing it to a water tank and a filter...

  • Malta in research project aimed at more sustainable fishing practices

    Malta in research project aimed at more sustainable fishing practices

    The Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture and the Department of Biology at the University of Malta are taking part in an international research project called ‘Marine Protected Areas Network Towards Sustainable Fisheries in the Central...

  • Nationwide campaign to collect used batteries

    Nationwide campaign to collect used batteries

    Greenpak is running a campaign called ‘Batree’ until the end of September to collect used batteries at promotional stands at various supermarkets in exchange for gifts for children and discount vouchers on new Duracell batteries. “We are trying to...

  • New alien species threatens Malta’s freshwater ecosystems

    New alien species threatens Malta’s freshwater ecosystems

    An invasive alien freshwater species, the red swamp crayfish (Procambarus clarkia) has been found in Chadwick Lakes by members of the University of Malta’s Conservation Biology Research Group. The species, which has been carelessly introduced in...

  • Ekoteenz quiz winners

    Ekoteenz quiz winners

    Three 2nd year students at Pembroke Secondary School, which forms part of St Clare College, recently won the Ekoteenz quiz organised by YRE Malta and aired on TVM. The questions of the quiz revolved around sustainable development. Sixteen middle...

  • Collecting data in unexplored areas of the Mediterranean Sea

    Collecting data in unexplored areas of the Mediterranean Sea

    A major physical oceanography research project called Glider South was recently held to gather data on the relatively unexplored area of sea between the Maltese islands and the southern Mediterranean shelf between Malta and Libya using...

  • Conference on ‘evidence-based planning for greener cities’

    Conference on ‘evidence-based planning for greener cities’

    ‘Evidence-based planning for greener cities’ is the title of a conference that the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (Mcast) will hold on Tuesday at its Institute of Applied Sciences, Paola, in collaboration with the Maltese presidency...

  • Novel energy storage system to be tested in Grand Harbour

    Novel energy storage system to be tested in Grand Harbour

    A small-scale prototype of a novel concept for large-scale storing of renewable energy offshore will be tested in Grand Harbour later this year by a research team from the University of Malta’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. The concept...

  • Round-table seminar on green roofs

    A round table discussion was recently held by the University’s Faculty for the Built Environment for policy makers, politicians and other stakeholders to promote the creation of policies that favour the setting up of green roofs in Malta’s built...

  • Environmental project receives global recognition

    Environmental project receives global recognition

    A five-month Erasmusplus pro­ject entitled Protecting the Environment through Conservation Techniques in which eight students from Giovanni Curmi Higher Secondary School, Nax­xar, were involved was awarded second place at the World Symposium on...

  • Project to encourage low-carbon, energy-efficient mobility

    Project to encourage low-carbon, energy-efficient mobility

    The University of Malta is involved in a project called Camp-sUmp aimed at  promoting low-carbon strategies and energy efficiency while improving mobility in the Mediterranean area. One of the project objectives is to facilitate dialogue between...

  • Three rescued turtles return home

    Three rescued turtles return home

    Three rescued loggerhead turtles were recently released back into the sea by Nature Trust (Malta) volunteers after being rehabilitated at San Luċjan Tower under the medical care of Dr Anthony Gruppetta. The turtles, named Noelle, Chanel and...