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).
One Hundred ICTA-UAB Researchers to Address the Main Environmental Challenges of Today and Tomorrow

Date: 2019-05-01


ICTA-UAB will host the 2nd Spring Symposium next May 16 and 17 at the UAB campus

The Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) will address the main environmental challenges that society must face today and in the future, in a symposium that will take place on the 16th and 17th of May. The scientific meeting, whose uniqueness is its interdisciplinary and international approach, will focus on the identification of these environmental challenges, how to address them and how the results derived from scientific research can be transformed into effective policies. The activities will be carried out at the Faculty of Sciences and at the headquarters of the ICTA-UAB, in the Bellaterra campus.

One hundred international scientists, mostly belonging to this research centre dedicated to studying the causes of environmental problems, will participate in a two-day meeting in which they will present the main novelties of their studies. The papers that will be presented cover a wide range of scientific disciplines, from environmental engineering to ecological economics, and from climate modeling to ecological anthropology.

Through some forty oral presentations, the researchers of the ICTA-UAB will show that the approach to environmental issues must be carried out from different knowledge areas. With the environmental concern as a backdrop, this symposium will present scientific advances in such diverse topics as red coral conservation, low carbon economy, indigenous knowledge of climate change, circular economy, environmental conflicts, water-food-energy nexus, ocean acidification, urban food production, economic degrowth, biodiversity conservation policies, urban green spaces, forests and human health interaction, pollution due to microplastics on island beaches, carbon pricing, urban environmental justice, open access to scholarly communication, global model of marine fishery, agroecological knowledge conservation and the transition towards a new energetic system. 

Three researchers working in leading international centres in environmental research will give three outstanding conferences. Marina Fischer-Kowalski, founder of the Institute of Social Ecology in Vienna, will talk about the intersections and contradictions of the Sustainable Development Goals and Climate Agreements; Thomas Pedersen, former director of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, will tackle the push and pull of acting on global warming, and Robert Ayres, founder of the Center for the Management of Environmental Resources (INSEAD), will explore how to overcome institutional barriers in energy saving. These keynote speakers will participate in a round table on where environmental research is going and how to overcome the challenges.

Since its creation in 2003, the ICTA-UAB has experienced continuous and steady growth, and currently has 70 senior researchers who participate in some 200 scientific publications each year, covering all major journals dealing with environmental issues. The ICTA-UAB has some thirty Postdoctoral Fellows and approximately 30 PhD students graduate from the centre each year. Distinguished by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness as a 'María de Maeztu Excellence Unit', the 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.


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