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  .

Jeroen van den Bergh, awarded an honorary doctorate by the Open University of the Netherlands

The environmental economist at ICTA-UAB Prof. Dr Jeroen van den Bergh was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Open University of the Netherlands.

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.

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).
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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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