HSH Prince Albert II, devoted environmentalist, crusader against global warming and defender of the earth (you know, in a way) is in the beautiful northern Italian city of Milan to participate in a conference concerning pollution in the Mediterranean Sea at Bicocca University. This will be followed by a gala event that evening at Palazzo Mezzanotte organized by the Italian branch of the Prince Albert II Foundation. As all regular readers will know, the Sovereign Prince, in addition to his global environmentalist zeal, has naturally always had a special interest in the Mediterranean (it being a rather immediate concern for the Monegasque) and in maintaining sustainable biodiversity, fighting pollution and protecting the local marine life. Monaco is directly responsible for more of the Mediterranean than most probably realize as Monegasque territorial waters extend farther out to sea than is usual for most nations. Here's hoping the event is a productive success.