Treatment plants reduce contamination of heavy metals around Barcelona's coastline

The study, published in Science of the Total Environment, shows that contamination of heavy metals experienced a very important growth between the 1930s and 1980s, while a drastic descent in levels occurred in the 1990s.

Increase in motorcycles converts Barcelona into the European city with the highest number of motorbikes per inhabitant

A study by researchers of the ICTA-UAB and the UAB Department of Geography assesses the rise of motorcycles compared with the drop in cars in Barcelona in the past ten years.

Empowerment of women will improve our ability to cope with global change

Ending perceptions of women and other disadvantaged groups simply as victims and instead empowering them as decision-makers in natural resource management are basic steps to deal with ecological crises more effectively.

More than One-Third of the Population Would Stop Economic Growth to Achieve Sustainability

A study by researchers of the Institut of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA-UAB) assesses Spanish public opinion on economic growth, the environment and prosperity.

ICTA-UAB and ISGlobal Researchers Denounce Lack of Studies on the Harmful Health Effects of Oil Spills

A project led by ICTA-UAB, ISGlobal and the UAB Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in the Peruvian Amazon analyses the health effects of oil spills among people living close to oil extraction areas in developing countries.

The Centers of Excellence Severo Ochoa and the Units of Excellence María de Maeztu at UAB campus shared strategies in a conference

Five Centers of Excellence “Severo Ochoa” and two Units of Excellence “María de Maeztu” are located on the UAB campus.

Past 2,000 years of Iberian Peninsula climate reconstructed

Researchers from ICTA-UAB participated in a study of the sediments of Cimera Lake (Sierra de Gredos) which has allowed them to characterise the conditions of temperatures and rainfall in the Central System from 200 BCE up to today.

Coastal Occupation Affects Tropical Reefs in Brazil

Researchers from the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB), the Federal University of Ceará (UFC) and the Federal University of South of Bahia (UFSB) in Brazil warn of the negative environmental impacts of unplanned coastal occupation on tropical reefs and consequently on the conservation of marine biodiversity.

Humans have caused climate change for 180 years

An international research project involving ICTA-UAB researcher P. Graham Mortyn has found human activity has been causing global warming for almost two centuries, proving human-induced climate change is not just a 20th century phenomenon.

Do Greener Cities Become More Unjust?

A new research project led by ICTA-UAB researcher Isabelle Anguelovski and funded by the European Union will assess the “green gentrification” process by which the creation of green urban amenities tends to attract the higher social classes and excludes the most vulnerable groups.

Report on Future of the Seas and Oceans Submitted to G7

ICREA research professor at ICTA-UAB Patrizia Ziveri is part of the international expert group that submitted a special report for policymakers on oceans and seas to the science ministers of the United States.

Ocean Warming and Acidification Impact on Calcareous Phytoplankton

Researchers from the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB), the University of Cambridge and the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom warn of the negative impacts of rapid ocean warming and ocean acidification on coccolithophores.

Fukushima and the oceans: what do we know, 5 years on?

A major international review of the state of the oceans 5 years after the Fukushima disaster shows that radiation levels are decreasing rapidly except in the harbour area close to the nuclear plant itself where ongoing releases remain a concern.

ICTA-UAB to Become Global Hub of Degrowth and Environmental Justice Theories

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA-UAB) will organize the third edition of the Summer School on Degrowth and Environmental Justice from July 4th- 15th.

SS.MM. los Reyes reciben al ICTA-UAB y al resto de centros y unidades de investigación ‘Severo Ochoa’ y ‘María de Maeztu’

Jordina Belmonte y Patrizia Ziveri, directora del ICTA-UAB y directora científica de la Unidad María de Maeztu del ICTA-UAB, respectivamente, han asistido hoy en el Palacio de la Zarzuela a la audiencia de Sus Majestades los Reyes a los directores y representantes de los 33 centros y unidades que han sido acreditados con el mayor reconocimiento institucional a la investigación científica en España.

The ICTA-UAB Will Assess, in Collaboration with EU Staff, the Effectiveness of EU Sustainability Policies

The EU Project MAGIC (H2020) coordinated by the Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals de la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) has the goal to study and develop new strategies for a better use of science for governance.

Biodiversity Conservation Policies in Tropical Forests Threaten the Livelihood of Indigenous Peoples

Current conservation policies make difficult the access of indigenous peoples to forest resources on which their livelihood depend, such as hunting and wild plant gathering.

Importance of Saharan dust and climate change effects under study

ICREA researcher Antoni Rosell, from ICTA-UAB, participates in an international research which analyses the processes of transport and deposition of Saharan dust and African fires.

What If Solar Energy Becomes Really Cheap? A Thought Experiment on 'Environmental Problem Shifting'

A study on the development of future energy has shown the need to consider the ultimate consequences of these.

Some Moths Behave like Butterflies to Mate

A new study led by ICTA-UAB researcher Víctor Sarto describes a striking example of evolutionary convergence in the order of Lepidoptera.

LIFE AQUAENVEC, involving ICTA-UAB, ''Best LIFE Project 2015''

The LIFE Aquaenvec project, with the involvement of the research group Sostenipra from ICTA-UAB led by researchers Joan Rieradevall and Xavier Gabarrell, has been declared Best LIFE-Environment Project 2015, along with 24 other European LIFE funded projects.

Antarctica at the centre of the ice age CO2 mystery

A new study published in Nature involving ICTA-UAB researcher Eric Galbraith demonstrates the existence of increased carbon storage in the deep Southern Ocean during the Ice Age, when the atmospheric CO2 was lower.

ICTA-UAB receives María de Maeztu Excellence Award

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology has received the award as a "María de Maeztu" Unit of Excellence 2015 from the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO).

Distintivo de garantía de calidad ambiental para el edificio ICTA-ICP

El edificio del Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals-Institut Català de Paleontologia (ICTA-ICP) ha obtenido el Distintivo de garantía de calidad ambiental en la categoría de edificios de uso de oficinas de la Generalitat de Catalunya.

ICTA publication in Nature on carbon rebound as neglected reason for climate negotiations

ICTA researcher Jeroen van den Bergh had recently a commentary in Nature on energy/carbon rebound as a neglected reason for climate negotiations, discussing implications for carbon pricing.

Sea warming and ocean acidification could make Mediterranean scuba diving areas less attractive

The increase in ocean temperatures and acidification could lead to economic and welfare losses in Mediterranean areas with gorgonians and other sea-floor corals, such as the Medes Islands (l'Estartit, Catalonia).

Living in areas with more services is beneficial to active ageing

According to a study by ICTA-UAB and the Department of Geography, the urban design of Barcelona's different neighbourhoods has a direct influence on the levels of physical activity reached by their older residents.

The Industrial Revolution put an end to 1,800 years of ocean cooling

The increase in magnitude and frequency of volcanic eruptions favoured the cooling of the sea surface over centuries.

ICTA-UAB thesis quantifies the great potential of urban agriculture

According to this thesis, urban rooftop agriculture has great potential for increasing local production and consumption of foodstuffs: just 8% of the rooftops in the Zona Franca district would be enough to supply 10% of the Barcelona population with tomatoes.
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