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  • €2.5m Malta-Italy project could help cut water use by 30 per cent

    €2.5m Malta-Italy project could help cut water use by 30 per cent

    A University of Malta-led EU project worth €2.5 million has the potential of reducing Malta’s water consumption by between 24 and 30 per cent, which is the total amount used for the flushing of toilets. Called Micro Watts, the project deals with...

  • EU’s top court confirms safety checks needed for new ‘GMO 2.0’

    EU’s top court confirms safety checks needed for new ‘GMO 2.0’

    The EU’s top court recently ruled that a controversial new generation of food genetic engineering techniques should be subject to EU safety checks and consumer labelling. In a landmark ruling, the European Court of Justice confirmed that new...

  • First steps taken to cut single-use plastics in Europe 

    First steps taken to cut  single-use plastics in Europe 

    The European Commission has taken a leap forward in tackling plastic pollution, with new laws to reduce throwaway single-use plastics.  The proposal, which is designed to prevent and reduce the impact of certain plastic products on the...

  • Local academic graduates in marine spatial planning

    Alan Deidun, resident academic within the Department of Geosciences at the University of Malta, was recently awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Marine Spatial Planning from the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland. Prof. Deidun was only one...

  • Maltese study contributes to international book on biodiversity studies

    Maltese artisanal fishermen and changing marine biodiversity feature in a new international book, Selected Studies in Biodiversity, that covers case studies from throughout the world. The chapter entitled ‘Safeguarding marine biodiversity in a...

  • Malta in project on acquaculture feeds, fish waste

    Malta in project on acquaculture feeds, fish waste

    The identification of less polluting feeds for aquaculture is one of the objectives of a recently launched EU-funded project involving six partners from Sicily and Malta, including the University of Malta, the Department of Fisheries and...

  • Collaboration between researchers and recreational fishing clubs

    Collaboration between researchers and recreational fishing clubs

    Researchers from the University of Malta’s Conservation Biology Research Group, led by Dr Adriana Vella, have for many years been collaborating with fishing clubs to monitor the types and number of fish being caught during their shore fishing...

  • FoE Malta suggests extending deposit scheme to other containers

    Friends of the Earth Malta (FoE Malta) has expressed support for the proposed introduction of the Beverage Container Refund Scheme (BCRS) by the Environment Ministry by the end of 2019 and has submitted a series of its recommendations to make the...

  • Marine research presented at international symposium

    Marine research presented at international symposium

    Four academics from the University of Malta recently presented their marine-related research at the 15th edition of the International Coastal Symposium (ICS) in Busan, South Korea. The Maltese academics – Prof. Alan Deidun, Dr Anthony Galea and Dr...

  • Bid to protect plant biodiversity in Natura 2000 sites in Malta, Sicily

    An ambitious project was recently launched aimed at reducing the loss of important and endangered plant species from Natura 2000 sites in Malta and Sicily through the use of seed banks and plant population reinforcement. The project, entitled...

  • ‘What I do matters’ at college primary

    ‘What I do matters’ at college primary

    ‘What I do matters… to me, to you, to the poor’ was the theme of a week-long series of awareness-building activities and hands-on action at St Aloysius’ College Primary, Balzan, on how pupils can make a difference to the local and global...

  • Oceanography students hold boot camp in Gozo

    Oceanography students hold boot camp in Gozo

    Students on the MSc course in Applied Oceanography recently completed a one week-long live-in boot camp experience that combined hands-on fieldwork, lab work, lectures, joint analysis of data, group discussions and scientific evaluations on the...

  • Puttinu Cares celebrates with pigeons and bubbles instead of balloons

    The traditional mass release of balloons was missing for the first time ever at the inauguration of the recent 14th edition of the Puttinu Cares Football Marathon at the Marsa Sports Grounds. Following an appeal by several students from...

  • Walks programme ends in June

    Walks programme ends in June

    The Ramblers’ walks programme for 2017-2018 ends in June with five walks and a cultural visit during the month. It is already uncomfortable to walk in the sun, so two of the Sunday walks will start at 8.30am and the two Wednesday walks will begin...

  • Creating a buzz on World Bee Day

    Creating a buzz on World Bee Day

    The Malta Beekeepers Association, with Citadel Insurance’s support, is holding an exhibition at San Anton Gardens, Attard, today between 9am and 6pm to celebrate the first UN World Bee Day and to increase awareness about this tiny yet vital...

  • Mcast holds second energy conference

    The Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (Mcast) recently held its second Energy Day Conference at the college’s Institute of Applied Sciences at its main campus in Paola. The conference has become an international event, with over 60...

  • Malta’s climate action ambassador calls for single ocean science body

    Malta’s climate action ambassador calls for single ocean science body

    Prof. Simone Borg, Malta’s Ambassador on Climate Action recently called for the setting up of a single scientific body for ocean science, similar to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on climate science. She said “it is crucial...

  • Innovative teaching about climate change

    Innovative teaching about climate change

    ­­­A group of six students studying at the University of Malta for degrees in Bachelor of Education in Science and Masters in Sustainable Development recently travelled to Olomouc in the Czech Republic to attend a series of lectures, seminars,...

  • EU bans bee-harming pesticides

    EU bans bee-harming pesticides

    EU governments recently passed a total ban on bee-harming neonicotinoid pesticides on outdoor crops. This comprehensive neonicotinoid ban, covering all outdoor crops, is considered a tremendous victory for bees and the wider environment by NGOs...

  • Spectacular sinkhole opens up on New Zealand farm

    Spectacular sinkhole opens up on New Zealand farm

    A giant sinkhole that opened up on a farm in New Zealand's Bay of Plenty on Monday (April 30) has revealed a 60,000-year-old volcanic deposit, local media reported. Running along a fault line, the sinkhole opened after heavy rainfall in the area,...