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).

Urban Agriculture on Rooftops Provides Healthy, Fresh and Sustainable Food

​The implementation of urban gardens on building rooftops could produce fresh, healthy and sustainable agricultural food and guarantee the food sovereignty of cities, which are becoming increasingly populated.

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

The changes in the perception of personal well-being that could take place in the next three decades, on a global level, depend much more on social factors than on economic ones.

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

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) has been awarded six European Research Council (ERC) grants in three years, from the end of 2015 to the end of 2018. Each project (of between 1.5 and 2 million euros) lasts for five years and allows the recruitment of a team of six or seven doctoral students and postdocs.
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ICTA-UAB Gathers Worldwide Experts on Degrowth and Environmental Justice

Date: 2018-06-22

ICTA-UAB is organizing the fifth edition of the Summer School on Degrowth and Environmental Justice from June 24 to July 6.

The theme of this year is “Making Sense by Democracy, Non-Violence, and Conviviality” which tackles the role of degrowth and environmental justice in the transformations towards a fairer society.


The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) will become a global hub of degrowth and environmental justice theories. For the fifth year running, some forty internationally renowned researchers, academics and activists from nineteen different countries will gather at the Summer School of Degrowth and Environmental Justice, which this year is entitled “Making Sense by Democracy, Non-Violence, and Conviviality”. 

The school is organized by ICTA-UAB in collaboration with Research & Degrowth and will take place from June 24 to July 6, 2018, at the ICTA-UAB building located in the UAB Bellaterra Campus, as well as in Barcelona (Spain) and Cerbère (France). Degrowth is an economic theory that places its bet on downscaling of production and consumption as the only way to increase human well-being and enhance ecological conditions and equity on the planet.

The Summer School on Degrowth and Environmental Justice will reflect on transformations needed to achieve a sustainable, fair and just life. The school aims at discussing the different transformations that, based on degrowth theories, promote non-violent, democratic, autonomous and convivial ways of life, and on how these social models can flourish under the hegemony of imposing powers that strive for economic growth.

Sustaining a life of diversity, fairness and justice requires transformations, or series of continuous transformations, which can be slow and fast, big and small, throughout the entire spectrum of society. The Summer School on Degrowth and Environmental Justice will reflect on transformations needed to achieve a sustainable, fair and just life. Attendants will talk about the type of transformations that result in absolute reductions of material and energy throughput and in environmental crimes and social injustice, but which also provoke and facilitate transformations in the attitudes leading towards embracing differences and enhancing conviviality.

Throughout the course, cutting-edge research on degrowth and environmental justice will be disseminated, and participants will discuss how to articulate stable collaborations between activists and researchers on radical socio-ecological transformations. 

The school will focus on three primary aspects: challenges, proposals and processes. Lectures and workshops will help in theorizing the challenges, understanding grassroots environmental justice activism and the politics of degrowth will be the entry point into the proposals, while working in small groups with more collaboration and understanding academic-activist engagement for creating a better community will help in discovering the processes. 

It will bring together leading scholars in the field of degrowth and environmental justice such as Joan Martínez Alier, Professor of Economics and Economic History at the UAB and ICTA-UAB researcher, and ICTA-UAB researchers Giorgos Kallis, Beatriz Rodriguez-Labajos, Anke Schaffartzik, Federico Demaria and Giacomo d’Alisa, among many others.

 

More on information on the Summer School: https://summerschool.degrowth.org/

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