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.

Pioneering study analyses the effects of forests on human health

A group of volunteers have participated in an experimental study conducted by the ICTA-UAB to analyse the potential health benefits of forests.

Marine Litter on Mediterranean Beaches Triples in Summer

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) analyses and quantifies the waste generated by tourists in eight islands of the Mediterranean as part of the European BLUEISLANDS project.

Mapping the Urban Vitality of Barcelona

Researchers at the UAB have mapped Barcelona and and 9 surrounding towns using a new methodology based on urbanism activist Jane Jacobs' ideas on how cities should be configured to become vital spaces: 25% of the area is classified as having high vitality.

Agricultural intensification not a “blueprint” for sustainable development

Social and ecological results of increased agricultural intensification are not as positive as expected.

Tracking the battles for environmental justice: here are the world’s top 10

Today is World Environment Day. Environmental conflicts should not be seen as disruptions to smooth governance, fixable with market solutions, technology or police bullets.

Green urban planning must consider social equity criteria

Cities that do not include social equity criteria into their political strategies to make their urban environment greener and more ecological will not achieve long-term sustainability and risk creating green enclaves only for the social elite.

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

A study by researcher of the ICTA-UAB and the Department of Agriculture Víctor Sarto i Monteys has identified in the province of Barcelona the presence of a species from Asia that could spread through Europe.

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

The Institut of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) organized its 1st Spring Symposium with the aim of addressing some of the main environmental and sustainability challenges.

Low-carbon energy transition requires more renewables than previously thought

A new study by ICTA-UAB analyzes the impacts on lifestyles of substituting fossil fuels for cleaner energies.

Are Farmers Who Belong to Local User Associations Better Adapted to Climate Change?

Droughts, floods and high temperatures derived from climate change are not the only threats that farmers with irrigated crops must face.

Climate Change Threatens World's Largest Seagrass Carbon Stores

Shark Bay seagrass carbon storage hotspot suffers alarming losses after a devastating marine heat wave, according to a study led by ICTA-UAB researchers.

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.

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.

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 '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.
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ICTA-UAB researcher Leah Temper speaks in the United Nations on Harmony with Nature

Date: 2018-04-23

The ICTA-UAB researcher Leah Temper, co-director of the Environmental Justice Atlas (EJAtlas), participated on April 23th in the 8th Interactive Dialogue of the General Assembly on Harmony with Nature in the secretariat of the United Nations (UN) in New York. The session could be followed live via http://webtv.un.org and you can read her speech here.

Earth has supported life for 3.5 billion years and today, it is well-known that her hospitality has been rapidly degrading due to global environmental change affecting the health and the future of many of Earth’s inhabitants.

Science tells us that natural disasters have triggered at least five mass extinctions in the past 500 million years; furthermore, it has also indicated that we are currently in the midst of Earth’s sixth mass extinction of plants and animals. And for the first time, almost entirely caused by human activity. 

Every extinction affects the interconnected web of life, including habitats and species, and humanity's place within this web. Nature has an intrinsic value to exist, separate from its human utility. It is undeniable that when we harm Nature, when we harm our community of life, we harm ourselves.

The speed and scale of loss is immense, and we must act with a corresponding urgency and breadth, to gather data, to apply data, to halt destruction, and to begin to heal and revive. Our future will be determined by our ability to respond to change, and biodiversity loss gravely limits our human resiliance.

To help heal and repair Earth, over the last several years there have been important advances in Earth Jurisprudence, notably in Earth-centered Law and Ecological Economics that further the overall implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

It is thus well understood that human well-being is inextricably linked to the well-being of Earth, and that for human rights to be protected, so must Earth's right to a healthy environment.

Earth Jurisprudence, through Earth-centered Law and Ecological Economics, recognizes these same links between human rights and Nature's rights. Earth-centered Law and Ecological Economics argue that it is humanity’s ethical and legal obligation to protect Earth, to give Nature a voice, and to acknowledge and share our individual and societal responsibilities. Their goals are the mutual enhancement of the human-Earth relationship and fairness between generations.

Earth-centered Law and Ecological Economics further advance that Earth is not an object to be exploited but a subject deserving protection and respect, and invite us to shift our consciousness of living at the expense of Nature for a consciousness of living in Harmony with Nature.

In doing so, they further ensure that people everywhere have the relevant information and awareness regarding sustainable development and lifestyles in Harmony with Nature, as stated in Sustainable Development Goal 12, sustainable production and consumption patterns, target 12.8.

The 2018 Interactive Dialogue of the General Assembly on Harmony with Nature addressed how the above-mentioned legal and economic frameworks are being applied to further the implementation of sustainable production and consumption patterns in Harmony with Nature.

 

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