Yep they are just that. Unfortunately for Malta they are not the best ambassadors to have and not the best advert for visiting the island either. On a positive environmental note here’s a snippet from today’s Times of Malta:

United Nations General Secretary Ban Ki-moon paid tribute to Malta’s pioneering role on global climate protection when he addressed the High-Level Event on Climate Change in New York yesterday.

“Two decades ago, here in this hall, climate change first surfaced on the world’s political agenda. The subject, proposed by the island nation of Malta, remains as evocative today as it did then – ‘the protection of global climate for present and future generations of mankind’,” Mr Ban said in the introduction to his speech.

The Maltese proposal referred to in Mr Ban’s speech was made by then Prime Minister Eddie Fenech Adami when Javier Perez De Cuellar was UN Secretary General.