Encuesta: El rol del verde residencial durante el confinamiento por el brote de COVID-19 en España

El grupo de investigación BCNUEJ (www.bcnuej.org) del ICTA-UAB (https://ictaweb.uab.cat/) y del IMIM (www.imim.es) está realizando un estudio sobre el papel del verde residencial (vegetación interior, en balcones, en terrazas, cubiertas verdes, jardines particulares, etc.

ICTA-UAB shares protective material with hospitals

ICTA-UAB is since last Monday 16 March 2020, an Institute with Restricted Access. Most of the laboratories are empty, the Scientific and Technical Services are closed, only the basic services are working and most of the people is working and staying at home.

Higher and earlier pollen concentrations expected for this spring

Spring and summer pollination will begin a few days earlier than usual and in important numbers, reaching higher than average levels (from the 1994-2019 period).

ICTAS2020 Conference: Important Update regarding the Coronavirus Outbreak

ICTAS2020 Conference: Important Update regarding the Coronavirus Outbreak .

Power struggles hinder urban adaptation policies to climate change

Transformative actions implemented by cities to address and mitigate the impacts of climate change may be hindered by political struggles for municipal power.

Analysis of tropical fire soot deposited in the ocean will help predict future global climate changes

The ICTA-UAB begins a scientific expedition in the Atlantic Ocean to collect dust and smoke samples from the fires of tropical Africa deposited in marine sediments.

What elements and characteristics should forests have to influence human health?

Despite the increasing interest of the scientific community and society towards the potential of forests as a source of human health, the existing scientific literature does not allow for a coherent relationship between the type of forest and different health variables.

Red coral effectively recovers in Mediterranean protected areas after decades of overexploitation

Protection measures of the Marine Protected Areas have enable red coral colonies (Corallium rubrum) to recover partially in the Mediterranean Sea, reaching health levels similar to those of the 1980s in Catalonia and of the 1960s in the Ligurian Sea (Northwestern Italy).

Sub-national “climate clubs” could offer key to combating climate change

‘Climate clubs’ offering membership for sub-national states, in addition to just countries, could speed up progress towards a globally-harmonised climate change policy, which in turn offers a way to achieve stronger climate policies in all countries.

Victoria Reyes-García receives an ERC Proof of Concept grant linked to the LICCI project

Victoria Reyes-García ICREA Research Professor at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) is one of the 76 top researchers that will receive ERC Proof of Concept grants.

ICTA-UAB demands the UAB to reduce number of flights

Given our current climate emergency, recently acknowledged by the UAB, the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) has drawn up a proposal urging the University to put into action a new travel policy to tackle one of its most polluting activities: Flying.

New assessment finds EU electricity decarbonization discourse in need of overhaul

It’s well known that the EU is focusing its efforts on decarbonizing its economy.

Mining waste dumped into Portmán Bay continues to release metals into the sea 25 years later

The waters of the Mediterranean Sea continue to receive dissolved metals from the mining waste deposited in Portmán Bay (Murcia) 25 years after the cessation of mining activity.

A new ICTA-UAB project to assess the impacts of micro- and nano-plastics in the tropical and temperate oceans

A new project led by ICTA-UAB researcher Patrizia Ziveri is one of five projects selected for funding by the Joint Programming Initiative Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans (JPI Oceans).

Big data reveals extraordinary unity underlying life’s diversity

Limits to growth lie at the heart of how all living things function, according to a new study carried out by ICTA-UAB researchers  .
Energy and Environmental Justice: A Multidisciplinary Workshop

Date: 2019-10-21 / 2019-10-22

Workshop: "Energy and Environmental Justice: A Multidisciplinary Workshop"

21-22 October 2019

ICTA-UAB will host an international group of leading scholars and activists for this workshop on 21-22 October, applying insights from Environmental Justice to better identify and counteract energy-related inequalities. Contributions include case studies from North, Central and South America, Africa, Europe, and South Asia — exploring how energy shapes and interacts with politics, ecology, and movements for social change.

The workshop will host 16 papers across five panels; two keynote lectures; three invited speakers; ethnographic film; and contributions from Barcelona-based energy poverty activists. The organising team — Tristan Partridge and Sofía Avila, both at ICTA-UAB — invited submissions that explore decolonial, emancipatory, and transformative approaches to energy and justice, as well as work that engages with community responses to imposed social and environmental change. Recognising the importance of direct action, particularly around sites of resource extraction and extractivism, the team also invited work on collective action strategies and related issues of sovereignty, intersectionality, and responsibility. The workshop has been supported by the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities through the “María de Maeztu” program for Units of Excellence (MDM-2015-0552). 

In an effort to reduce flying and to decarbonize academic meetings, the workshop will facilitate remote participation for 10 of the 24 listed participants, supported by live-streaming, AV installations, and videoconferencing. Invited participants include Dana Powell (Appalachian State University); Dustin Mulvaney (San Jose State University); David Pellow and Javiera Barandiaran (University of California, Santa Barbara); and ICTA-based members of the EJAtlas.

The expansion and modification of energy systems are inextricably linked to justice concerns and climate change. Much ‘energy justice’ literature, however, glosses over its relation with Environmental Justice research and practice. This workshop aims to centre EJ scholarship and activism within multidisciplinary energy research — studying energy issues in relation to systemic marginalisation, the uneven socioecological impacts of different modes of production, and disparities in the recognition of diverse voices and livelihoods. The workshop will be an opportunity for participants to further develop collaborative, critical energy research and to map new strategies for confronting energy- and climate-related injustices.

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