Trees improve our air quality

Urban forests help to improve our air quality. Heat from the earth is trapped in the atmosphere due to high levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other heat-trapping gases that prohibit it from releasing the heat into space. This creates a phenomenon known today as the “greenhouse effect.” Therefore, trees help by removing (sequestering)... [...]


5 reasons not to underestimate the power of plants and trees

© rangizzz These scientists say that respecting and understanding plants and trees is essential for our future. We humans have a wide range of feelings about members of the kingdom Plantae, from total disregard to thinking they are clever friends. Given that this is TreeHugger, we lean toward, at the very least, wanting to... [...]


Editorial: Let’s make 2016 the year of the environment

Losing weight, doing more exercise, cutting down on drinking, stopping smoking, being more pleasant to our neighbours… these are just some of the resolutions that would have been going through people’s minds in recent days. Good intentions… but hell is indeed paved with them. Most fall by the wayside within days, if actioned... [...]


Good planning makes societies more resilient

Malta Chamber of Planners’ council members with Dyan Currie (centre) and Clive Harridge (right). Dyan Currie and Clive Harridge, president and secretary-general of the Commonwealth Association of Planners (CAP) respectively were in Malta to attend the Commonwealth People’s Forum in the run-up to the Commonwealth Heads of... [...]


2015 in review: The year environmental and climate issues left their silos

COP PARIS/flickr Analysis: Journalists are starting to connect more dots: population and biodiversity, terrorism and climate, food security and ocean health Call it the grand convergence: Coverage of environmental issues, especially climate change, jumped traditional boundaries to pick up broader—and slightly ominous—geopolitical... [...]


Planting of 53 tamarisk trees

During a special event held at Xrobb l-Għaġin Nature Park earlier this month, 64 students from four EkoSkola schools planted 53 tamarisk trees together with consuls from various consulates and other dignitaries representing the Commonwealth countries. The tree planting session, which brought to a close the official EkoSkola-CHOGM... [...]


Think Magazine Issue 15

One third of the Maltese Islands are covered in buildings, with little consideration for green space and urban design. The Faculty for the Built Environment is celebrating 100 years since it was founded, and recent graduates are now faced with the challenge of fixing previous mistakes. Researchers at the Faculty are designing... [...]