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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MdM INCUBATOR- "Integrated scenarios for island economies in the context of climate change", by Alejandro Marcos

Date: 2017-12-12

Title: "Integrated scenarios for island economies in the context of climate change"

Speaker: Alejandro Marcos, ICTA-UAB researcher


Date: Tuesday, December 12th 2017
Time: 16 h
Venue: room Z/023


 
Abstract
Small islands are extremely vulnerable to climate change. Chapter 29 (WGII) of the 5th IPCC assessment is devoted to small islands finding that climate change is already having an impact, in the long term posing an existential threat to many islands. Whereas the literature has mostly focused on island states in the Pacific, less attention has gone to small islands in the Mediterranean. Already arid, many are exposed to the effects of droughts and to global changes, including economic crisis and migration. The last decades most islands have undergone a dramatic transformation from mostly rural to urbanized tourist economies, implicated in global flows of capital and people. This radically restructured and increased their carbon and material metabolism, producing new types of vulnerabilities. On the other hand, small islands are also repositories of cultural traits concerning self-sufficient, low-carbon practices and well-adapted land-uses that may hold insights for the future. 
 
The study analyzes the socio-ecologic metabolism of two islands, Menorca (Spain) and Ikaria (Greece), applying MuSIASEM, and researching on how scientific information can be better used in participatory/deliberative processes for decision-making to achieve a more self-sufficient/low carbon future. 
 
Biography
Alejandro Marcos Valls holds an M. Sc. in Sustainable Development from Uppsala University (UU) and two bachelors, one in Environmental Sciences and another in Media and Communication, both from the University of Barcelona (UB). 
He is currently a Ph.D. student at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA) at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). Before his Ph.D. started, Alejandro has been coordinating the courses “Sustainable Design” and “Global Challenges and Sustainable Futures” at CEMUS (UU) during two years and he has been collaborating with different organizations in projects related to gender and sustainability issues as a facilitator and project manager.

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