Nace El Observatorio del Besòs: un proyecto de seguimiento de la calidad de los sistemas fluviales de la cuenca

La Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) a través del Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals (ICTA-UAB), y el Consorci Besòs Tordera evaluarán el estado de calidad a largo plazo de la cuenca del Besòs gracias a la creación de la Observatorio del Besòs.

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Climate Change Modifies the Composition of Reefs

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ICTA-UAB launches the first master’s Degree in “Political Ecology. Degrowth and Environmental Justice”

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA-UAB) launches the master’s Degree in “Political Ecology.

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Marine Litter on Mediterranean Beaches Triples in Summer

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Mapping the Urban Vitality of Barcelona

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Green urban planning must consider social equity criteria

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The ICTA-UAB alerts of a new invasive Asian beetle pest in Catalonia that kills mulberry trees

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More than 120 ICTA-UAB researchers addressed environmental challenges at a symposium, especially those arising from global and...

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Low-carbon energy transition requires more renewables than previously thought

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

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

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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.

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.

New ICTA-UAB 'Welcome Guide'

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MdM SEMINAR SERIES - “Lessons from Ancient Greece in the Face of Climate Change” by Prof. Richard Seaford

Date: 2018-06-14

MdM Seminar Series

Title: “Lessons from Ancient Greece in the Face of Climate Change”

Speaker: Prof. Richard Seaford, University of Exeter


Date: Thursday, June 14th 2018
Time: 12 h
Venue: Room Z/022 - 023

If you want to attend a small group meeting with Professor Seaford at 3 p.m. where we will be discussing his book Money and the early Greek mind, write to to register and to pass you the relevant texts. 

The continuing cultural and political prestige of ancient Greece, and in particular of Athenian democracy, can make the radical opposition between ancient and modern democratic culture serve as an ideological tool in the campaign against climate change. Ancient Greek culture was precapitalist, and was what I call a culture of limit, whereas capitalism promotes a culture of the unlimited. The Greeks in various spheres (including economic and political practice, metaphysics, mythology, ethics, psychology, and tragedy) insisted on the central importance of limiting the potentially unlimited. A key factor was their reaction against the (historically new) unique unlimitedness of the individual accumulation of (and desire for) money. However, the Greek economy was - though pervasively monetised - free from the inherently unlimited necessity of self-expansion that will later characterise capitalism; and so Greek culture was able to retain a relatively static, ordered world view with which to reject the potential unlimitedness of money and of human action. At the heart of the ancient origins of our culture was precisely the necessity - re-emergent in our generation - of limit. The ancient Greeks can be influential allies for those concerned to encourage the fundamental changes of mentality required for preventing climate change.

Richard Seaford is a British classicist. He is professor emeritus of classics and ancient history at the University of Exeter. His work focuses on ancient Greek culture, especially that of ancient Athens. Seaford has published about 90 papers on subjects that include Homer, Greek lyric poetry, Greek religion, presocratic philosophy, the comparison of early Indian with early Greek religion and thought, Greek tragedy, satyric drama, the New Testament, and the reception of ancient drama. His book published by Cambridge University Press “Money and the Early Greek Mind. Homer, Tragedy, Philosophy” (2004) explores the role of money on ancient Greek culture, which was the first culture to become pervasively monetised. He argues that the introduction of coinage, which occurred around the end of the 7th century BCE, provided a crucial stimulus for the advent of Greek philosophy, in which a universal substance is (like money) transformed from and into everything else. In 2005-2008 he was awarded a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship for a study of Aeschylus. For 2013-4 he was awarded an AHRC Fellowship for a comparative historical study of early Indian with early Greek thought.


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