Paris Agreement hampered by inconsistent pledges, new ICTA-UAB research finds

Some countries' Paris Climate Agreement pledges may not be as ambitious as they appear, according a new study carried out by researchers from the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB).

High lead concentrations found in Amazonian wildlife

Researchers from ICTA-UAB and the UVic-UCC detect high levels of lead concentration in wildlife samples from the Peruvian Amazon caused by lead-based ammunition and oil-related pollution in extraction areas.

Study gauges trees’ potential to slow global warming in the future

The Pyrenean forests, the Cantabrian coast and Galicia show an important potential to accumulate even larger amounts of carbon dioxide in the future and thus help to slow down the increase in CO2 concentrations which are warming the planet.

Why do environmentalists eat meat?

A study by researchers at the ICTA-UAB analyses the reasons why environmentally-minded scientists find it difficult to give up meat consumption, one of the world's greatest environmental problems.

La gestión del verde urbano permite incrementar la presencia de pájaros en las ciudades

Incrementar la biodiversidad del verde urbano permitiría aumentar la presencia de aves paseriformes en las ciudades mediterráneas, según un estudio científico realizado por investigadores del Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología Ambientales de la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) que analiza qué estrategias hay que implementar sobre la vegetación urbana para conseguir "naturalizar" las ciudades favoreciendo la entrada de flora y fauna.

The Ebro River annually dumps 2.2 billion microplastics into the sea

An ICTA-UAB study analyses the distribution and accumulation of microplastics from one of the main rivers of the western Mediterranean.

European project to support rooftop greenhouses projects

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) is launching an open call to support rooftop greenhouse projects, in the framework of GROOF Project.

El ICTA-UAB participa en el proyecto que habilitará 10 escuelas de Barcelona como refugios climáticos

El Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología Ambientales de la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) es una de las instituciones impulsoras de un proyecto que habilitará 10 escuelas de Barcelona como refugios climáticos para disminuir el impacto de las altas temperaturas del verano.

A warmer ocean will lead to 17% reduction in global marine animal biomass, by the end of the century

Climate change will affect the distribution and abundance of marine life, but the full extent of these changes under future warming has been difficult to predict due to the limitations of individual ecosystem models used for such forecasts.

New study dismisses green growth policies as a route out of ecological emergency

Researchers from ICTA-UAB and the Goldsmiths University of London suggest that emissions reduction is only compatible with a lower economical degrowth or a degrowth scenario.

New cross-boundary approach for addressing wicked weed problems

Weed species continue to spread and management costs continue to mount, in spite of best management practices and efforts by research and extension personnel who promote them to land managers.

Urban green spaces do not benefit the health of all

In general, the creation of parks and green spaces in urban centers has positive effects on the health of city residents.

ICTA-UAB researcher Antoni Rosell-Melé receives an ERC Advanced Grant

ICTA-UAB researcher Antoni Rosell-Melé has been awarded an Advanced Grant (AdvGr) from the European Research Council (ERC) to develop the project "New geochemical approach to reconstruct tropical palaeo-atmospheric dynamics" (PALADYN).

Indigenous knowledge, key to a successful ecosystem restoration

Ecological restoration projects actively involving indigenous peoples and local communities are more successful. This is the result of a study carried out by the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB).
ICTA-UAB to study the sustainable use of soil and natural resources in the framework of the COUPLED program

Date: 2017-05-25


The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) will be awarded half a million euros in the framework of the COUPLED program, a European innovating training network, financed by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions program of the European Union. This project will start on January 1, 2018, and will be financed with 4 million euros for an execution period of four years, coordinated by Humboldt University in Berlin.


The aim of COUPLED is to put together an international team of 15 PhD students from different disciplinary approaches and different countries of the European Union and institutional headquarters, who will investigate in a coordinated way the processes related to the use and sustainable governance practices of soil and natural resources. Particularly, they will focus on the causes and consequences of diverse changes in land use on both local and global level, the involved actors and the feedbacks between processes.

During their training, the students will spend academic and professional stays that will be significant for their projects. Once COUPLED finalizes it is expected that they know how to systematize and understand processes and actors that influence land use in an increasingly interconnected world. They also will be expected to consider direct and indirect feedback and spill-over and to account for their social and environmental impact, as well as to foster new and enhanced governance measures that can shape land use couplings to deliver more sustainable outcomes of land use decisions.

Three of these PhD projects will be coordinated by ICTA-UAB researchers Esteve Corbera and Beatriz Rodríguez Labajos and will focus on:

  1. Studying four comparable Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects under the framework of the Convention on Climate Change, to evaluate the resulting land-use changes in terms of their extent and management, impact on biodiversity and the social and economic system of the communities involved.
  2. Investigate the direct and indirect impacts of soybean value chain between producer countries and their environmental justice implications in distributional and procedural terms.
  3. Explore environmental and social-economic consequences of the small-scale mining exploitation, used in mobile phones production in Africa. In particular, to study the communities involved, different actors and natural resources on a local and regional level.

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