Amazon's indigenous people hunt animals feeding in areas contaminated by oil spills

A study by the ICTA-UAB and the UAB Department of Animal Health and Anatomy demonstrates that the main species hunted by the indigenous popoulations of the Peruvian Amazon ingest water and soil contaminated with hidrocarbons and heavy metals.

The new Planttes app warns of allergy risks in different urban areas

The Planttes application is a citizen science project which aims to encourage people to identify and locate on a map the existence of allergy-causing plants and indicate their phenological state.

Global climate treaty easier to negotiate if guided by Human Development Index

A study by ICTA-UAB concludes that agreements against climate change would be more attractive to rich countries if they were analyzed taking into account the Human Development Index, instead of GDP.



New Project to Link Extreme Weather Events, Atmospheric Biodiversity and Human Health

A new ICTA-UAB project led by researcher Jordina Belmonte will study the effects of extreme meteorological events on the biological biodiversity present in the atmosphere in order to predict changes in the environment and possible affectations on human health.

Bolivian Amazon on road to deforestation

Amazon biodiversity hotspot to suffer even more “alarming” losses after contentious law passed, according to a study involving ICTA-UAB researchers.

ICTA-UAB’s success: five ERC grants in two years

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) has been awarded five European Research Council (ERC) grants in two years, which is about ten per cent of all ERC grants arriving in Catalonia over the period from the end of 2015 to the end of 2017.

Scientists Alert of Swift Degradation of Marine Ecosystems and Grave Consequences for the Planet

A book edited by researchers from the ICTA-UAB, the UB, the CNRS and the IEO addresses the concept of "animal forest" and highlights the importance of the role seas and oceans have in combating climate change.

New ICTA-UAB map shows success, concerns and challenges of the transition away from fossil fuels and coal industry in Australia

Resistance against massive coal-mining in Australia and a growing movement for a ‘just transition’ from fossil fuels have enjoyed some success but face massive challenges, as shown in a new map developed by researchers from the international ACKnowl-EJ project of the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB)  and the Australian Environmental Justice (AEJ) research team at the Centre for Urban Research (RMIT University.

ICTA-UAB researcher Victoria Reyes-García receives an ERC Consolidator Grant

ICREA researcher at ICTA-UAB Victoria Reyes- García has been graced with a Consolidator Grant of the European Research Council (ERC) for the development of a project aimed at bringing insights from local knowledge to climate change research.

Research to study the health effects of forests

The ICTA-UAB, CREAF and the "la Caixa" Bank Foundation recently presented the project "Healthy Forests for a Healthy Society".

Blockadia map by ICTA-UAB reveals global scale of anti-fossil fuel movement

A new interactive map by researchers of the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) reveals the worldwide impact of resistance direct actions by people putting their own bodies in the way of fossil fuel projects.

Launch of the Alliance of Severo Ochoa Centres and Maria de Maeztu Units of Excellence

​ The Secretary of State for R&D+i, Carmen Vela, chaired the kickoff meeting of the new Severo Ochoa and Maria Maeztu Alliance of Excellence.

Green gentrification can limit the favourable effects of green areas on health

A scientific research conducted by ICTA-UAB and IMIM suggests that more socially disadvantaged neighbours do not benefit equally from the effects newly created green areas have on health.

ICTA-UAB researchers alert that oil palm plantations produce infertility in tropical lands

Oil palm plantations are replacing 40% of tropical forests and 32% of basic grain crops, according to an ICTA-UAB research conducted in Guatemala.

EJAtlas Includes 2,100 Case Studies on Socio-Environmental Conflicts Around the World

The Environmental Justice Atlas (EJAtlas), created by researchers of the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB), currently includes 2,100 cases of ecological distribution conflicts identified in different parts of the world.

Ice age thermostat prevented extreme climate cooling

During the ice ages, an unidentified regulatory mechanism prevented atmospheric CO2 concentrations from falling below a level that could have led to runaway cooling, reports a study conducted by researchers of the ICTA-UAB and published online in Nature Geoscience this week.

New ICTA-UAB 'Welcome Guide'

The new ICTA-UAB 'Welcome Guide' it is at your disposal now. With this document, we aim to help you discover the basics of the PhD programme, ICTA-UAB’s structure, etc.
Seminar: “Ecological distribution conflicts" with J.Martínez Alier in China

Date: 2017-05-18

Seminar: “Ecological distribution conflicts"

With Joan Martinez-Alier, Professor of Economics and Economic History, Researcher at the ICTA-UAB

Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017
Time: 16:30-18:30h
Venue: North Auditorium of Xiushan Activity Center, North Campus of NWAFU, Yangling, Shaanxi, 712100
Language: English (with bilingual slides)

Joan Martinez Alier will give a talk at the North West Agriculture and Forestry University on Ecological distribution conflicts, within the framework of the Seminar Series on Rural Society and Development Studies (No. 13)

Here it is the PRESENTATION in both English and Chinese 

Born in 1939 in Spain, Joan Martinez-Alier is a Professor of Economics and Economic History and researcher at the Institute for Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA), Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. He was a student and research fellow of St. Antony's College, University of Oxford, between 1963 and 1973, and has been a visiting professor at the State University of Campinas (Brazil), FLACSO (Ecuador), Free University of Berlin, Stanford University, University of California (Davis) and Yale University. He once served as vice-rector at UAB. He is a founding member and former-president of the International Society for Ecological Economics.

He was a member (2000-08) of the scientific committee, European Environment Agency.He is the author of Labourers and Landowners in Southern Spain (1971), Haciendas, Plantations and Collective Farms (Cuba and Peru) (1977), Ecological Economics: Energy, Environment and Society (1987), Varieties of Environmentalism (with Ramachandra Guha, 1997), and The Environmentalism of the Poor: A Study of Ecological Conflicts and Valuation (2002). He is co-editor of Getting down to earth: practical applications of Ecological Economics (1996), Rethinking Environmental History: World-System History and Global Environmental Change (2007), Recent Developments in Ecological Economics (2008), and A Handbook of Ecological Economics (2015).He also serves as member of editorial board of Ecological Economics, Environmental Values, Journal of Agrarian Change, Journal of Peasant Studies.

After successfully completed the Environmental Justice Organizations, Liabilities and Trade (EJOLT) project, he is currently the director of an ERC advanced grant project “ENVJUSITICE” (2016-2021). In March 2017, he was awarded Leontief Prize for his outstanding contributions to economic theory that address contemporary realities and support just and sustainable societies.

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