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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?

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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

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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).
Dr. Martí Boada appointed scientific advisor to the UNESCO

Date: 2017-05-26

Martí Boada


ICTA-UAB researcher Dr. Martí Boada has been appointed UNESCO's scientific advisor on issues of conservation of biosphere reserves. Dr. Boada has joined the organization, based in Paris, as a consultant for the Man and Biosphere Program (MAB) included in the Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences.

Dr. Martí Boada, who is the director of the research group “Conservation, Biodiversity and Global Change (Nycticorax)” at ICTA-UAB, will be in charge of evaluating the proposals for new biosphere reserves in the countries of Latin America and the Mediterranean Basin and North Africa. In addition to determining which proposals are worthy of the accreditation of this protective figure of biodiversity, he will review those existing reserves that have not reached the established objectives and to which the accreditation could be withdrawn. In addition, Dr. Boada will continue to monitor the UNESCO Mediterranean Biosphere Reserves Network.

Dr. Boada, who has settled in Paris, will combine this work with his teaching work at the SAES master's degree and the doctoral program in Environmental Science and Technology of ICTA-UAB. He assures that this appointment is a stimulating challenge that will allow him to contribute new concepts to the field of environmental thought from a planetary vision. "Until now it was believed that nature was on one side and humans on the other, but this has changed. It is as important to conserve the forest as people, because ecosystems must also take into account the natural and social history of the area”, he points out.

Biosphere Reserves, coordinated by UNESCO's Man and Biosphere Program (MAB), are representative areas of Earth's territories and landscapes, terrestrial, coastal and marine environments, and aim to reconcile nature conservation and socio-economic development.

Its World Network of Biosphere Reserves currently includes 669 sites in 120 countries all over the world, including 16 transboundary sites.



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