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.
One Hundred ICTA-UAB Researchers Addressed the Main Environmental Challenges of Today and Tomorrow

Date: 2019-05-21

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ICTA-UAB hosted the 2nd Spring Symposium at the UAB campus

One hundred international scientists from the Institut de Ciència I Tecnologia Ambientals of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) took part in the 2nd ICTA-UAB Spring Symposium, held on the 16th and 17th of May at the Faculty of Sciences and at the headquarters of the ICTA-UAB, in the Bellaterra campus. The event addressed the main environmental challenges that society must face today and in the future. It was focused 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 attendees, mostly of them belonging to this research centre dedicated to studying the causes of environmental problems, presented the main novelties of their studies. The papers presented covered 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 showed that the approach to environmental issues must be carried out from different knowledge areas. With the environmental concern as a backdrop, this symposium presented 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 outstanding conferences included the participation of researchers working in leading international centres in environmental research. Marina Fischer-Kowalski, founder of the Institute of Social Ecology in Vienna, talked about the intersections and contradictions of the Sustainable Development Goals and Climate Agreements; Thomas Pedersen, former director of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, tackled the push and pull of acting on global warming, and Robert Ayres, founder of the Center for the Management of Environmental Resources (INSEAD), explored how to overcome institutional barriers in energy saving. In addition, they participated in a round table on where environmental research is going and how to overcome the challenges.

Several prizes were awarded to the best communications. Aljoša Slameršak was awarded the best oral presentation “Will negative emissions save us from catastrophic climate change?", and Petra Benyei with “The potential of citizen science school programs to reverse Traditional Agroecological Knowledge’s erosion: a case study in Catalonia” and Roberta Johnson with “Ocean acidification, not warming, may reduce pteropod abundance in the Mediterranean Sea” were awarded the best pitch presentation.  The best-evaluated poster by the attendants was “Improving energy buildings metabolism: integrated rooftop greenhouses” by Joan Muñoz. Veronica Arcas won the social activity consisting in an original bingo.

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