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

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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.

ICTA-UAB Gathers Worldwide Experts on Degrowth and Environmental Justice

ICTA-UAB is organizing the sixth edition of the Summer School on Degrowth and Environmental Justice from June 23rd to July 5th.

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.

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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.

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

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Urban Agriculture on Rooftops Provides Healthy, Fresh and Sustainable Food

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Se prevén niveles de polen muy altos para esta primavera

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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).

Future changes in human well-being more likely to depend on Social Factors than Economic Factors

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Record-wet and record-dry months increased in regions worldwide: climate change drives rainfall extremes

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Success at ICTA-UAB: Six ERC Grants In Three Years

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New ICTA-UAB 'Welcome Guide'

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More than 120 ICTA-UAB researchers addressed environmental challenges at a symposium, especially those arising from global and climate change

Date: 2018-05-21

ICTAS2018

The Institut of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) organized its 1st Spring Symposium with the aim of addressing some of the main environmental and sustainability challenges, and mainly those related to global and climate change. The uniqueness of this symposium was its transdisciplinary and global approach.

More than 120 international scientists, mostly belonging to this research centre dedicated to studying the environment and the causes of environmental problems, participated in a two-day meeting in which they presented the main novelties of their studies. The papers that were presented cover a wide range of scientific disciplines, from chemical engineering to environmental economics, and from climate modeling to ecological anthropology.

Through some forty oral presentations and posters of various disciplines, researchers of the ICTA-UAB showed that the approach to environmental issues must be carried out from all areas of knowledge. With the environmental concern as a backdrop, this symposium presented scientific advances in such diverse topics as circular economy, biodiversity conservation policies, local environmental knowledge of indigenous people, the future of green cities, climate resilience, green gentrification, solar energy and its implications for environmental justice, global regulation of marine fisheries, materials for sustainable cities, red coral conservation, mining pollution, reduction of energy consumption for the fulfilment of the Paris Agreement objectives, and pollution due to microplastics. Bringing together art and science, there were sessions of artistic dynamism and presentations of scientific posters accompanied by cheese and wine. The main conferences were given by three researchers who work in leading international centres in environmental research, two of them trained at the ICTA-UAB.

Since its creation in 2003, ICTA-UAB has experienced a continuous and steady growth, and currently includes 70 senior researchers who participate in approximately 200 scientific publications every year, covering all major journals dealing with environmental issues. ICTA-UAB has some thirty Postdoctoral Fellows and around 30 PhD students graduate from ICTA-UAB each year. Distinguished by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness as a 'María de Maeztu Excellence Unit', ICTA-UAB is on the way to becoming one of the leading European centres in environmental studies, distinguished by its international focus, multi-disciplinary approach to environmental studies, and cooperation between various stakeholders within the framework of sustainability based on social responsibility.

Programme: http://icta.uab.cat/Newsletter/ICTASS2018_Program.pdf

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