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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

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

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

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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

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

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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

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Oil contamination in the Amazon modifies chemical composition of rivers

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

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

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Ice age thermostat prevented extreme climate cooling

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The New Theory of Economic “Agrowth” Contributes to the Viability of Climate Policies

 ICTA-UAB researcher Jeroen van den Bergh publishes in Nature Climate Change a study in which he proposes a new economic theory compatible with the fight against climate change.

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.
European Project to Analyse the Effects of Waste Generated by Tourism on Mediterranean Islands

Date: 2017-02-10

Blueislands Project

An European study involving the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma e Barcelona will address and propose solutions to the effects of the increase of waste generated by tourism on Mediterranean islands during the summer season.

The Mediterranean region is the world’s leading tourist destination and it is common for islands to contain a far greater population during the summer season. Local economies are deeply reliant on tourism for employment and income. However, this annual massive tourist wave, largely concentrated within a short period, places a great burden on the island's infrastructure, especially for waste management. Indeed, local authorities often struggle to cope with the high increase in waste generation and the often poor sorting levels of tourists.

During three years, the European Interreg MED Blue Islands project (2016-2019) will work on developing and elaborating effective, financially viable and environmentally responsible means to address and mitigate the effect of the seasonal variation of waste generated by tourism on nine Mediterranean islands.

The project, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and led by the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment of Cyprus, will be developed in the islands of Mallorca (Spain), Sardinia and Sicily (Italy), Malta, Rab (Croatia), Crete, Rhodes and Mykonos (Greece) and Cyprus.

The project, which involves 14 European partners, will quantify the waste during and outside the highly touristic period, the assessment of waste composition, the impact of litter on beaches and seashores, and their effects on wastewater treatment facilities.

ICREA researcher at ICTA-UAB Dr Patrizia Ziveri explains that “whilst it is a well-known phenomenon, the seasonal variation of waste generation on sea-locked islands has yet to be properly defined and its socioeconomic and environmental effect determined” and remarks that “isolation and the lack of space for facilities create an additional constraint for these territories”. The Blue Islands project aims to provide answers to these concerns.

The ICTA-UAB, in collaboration with its partners, will assess the dynamics of micro and macro plastics in highly touristic coastal areas. During the first year of the project, 27 key beaches will be monitored periodically. A total of 189 surveys will be conducted in 2017 to pìcture marine litter accumulation in relation to touristic activities on the selected beaches; and about 700 samples will be taken and analysed at the ICTA-UAB for micro plastics concentrations both on land and at sea.

Based on the results, different strategies will be planned and a multidimensional tool, including different action plans, will be created and implemented. The surveys will then be repeated in order to evaluate the outcome of the new measures.

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