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.

The ICTA-UAB participated in the 100xCiencia.2 meeting in Alicante

The encounter, which was focused on the transfer of knowledge and technology, brought together representatives of 40 centres and research units “Severo Ochoa” and “María de Maeztu”, respectively.

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.

Oil contamination in the Amazon modifies chemical composition of rivers

A scientific study by the ICTA-UAB and ISS-EUR quantifies the environmental impact of oil extraction activities and contamination in headwaters of the Amazon.

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.

UAB scientists and citizens can identify Barcelona's allergy-causing plants with the new Plant*tes app

The UAB Point of Information on Aerobiology (PIA) presented its new Plant*tes app in Barcelona as part of the BArcelona City Council's project entitled "Ciència Ciutadana als barris".

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.

Unrestricted Improvements in Fishing Technology Threaten the Future of Seafood

A study conducted by ICTA-UAB researcher Eric Galbraith shows that future improvement of fishing technology poses a threat for the global fishery that could be greater than climate change.

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.

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.

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

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.

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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EEI SEMINAR. "Wind energy conflicts as disputes over sustainable futures", by Sofía Avila Calero

Date: 2017-05-17

Title:  "Wind energy conflicts as disputes over sustainable futures"

Speaker: Sofía Avila Calero, ICTA-UAB.
Moderator/Discussant: Daniela del Bene


Date: Wednesday, 17th May 2017
Time: 12.30 - 14.00 h
Place: Z/023 ICTA-UAB


Abstract
The shift towards a low-carbon energy system has become one of the central challenges in the quest of sustainability. The means for achieving this goal and the distributional outcomes of such transition are, however, political matters that often remain underexplored. This presentation focuses on the case of wind energy and introduces an inventory of conflicts emerging in different socio-geographical contexts of the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe. By following a political ecology perspective, the study seeks to shed light on how the corporate expansion of large-scale and centralized technologies is leading to social and spatial rearrangements, unevenly affecting rural and peripheral communities around the world. As such, it is argued that tensions are not just an issue of relatively wealthy communities defending post-material values over local landscapes, but increasingly a matter of environmental justice struggles arising at the margins of the global economic system.

When analyzing the inventory and its most representative cases, the presentation explores the political value of local movements in challenging the Ecological Modernization paradigm while contending issues of scale, property and end-uses of the electricity produced. The closing part of the seminar will then look to discuss how emerging voices outline discursive and practical counter-narratives, contributing to build alternative energy futures.

Bio
Sofia Avila-Calero is a PhD student at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA-UAB) and part of the Environmental Justice Research Group. Her ongoing project addresses the social and biophysical dimensions of renewable energy production under the lens of political ecology and ecological economics. Before starting her PhD, she completed a Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Environmental, Economic and Social Sustainability (ICTA-UAB), and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations (National Autonomous University of Mexico). She is also an active member of the Advisory Board of the Mesoamerican Society of Ecological Economics.

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