ICTA-UAB demands the UAB to reduce number of flights

Given our current climate emergency, recently acknowledged by the UAB, the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) has drawn up a proposal urging the University to put into action a new travel policy to tackle one of its most polluting activities: Flying.

La asociación Amics de la UAB premia al ICTA-UAB

L’ICTA-UAB va rebre un dels premis que l’associació Amics de la UAB lliura cada any en el marc de la Festa Amics UAB.

New assessment finds EU electricity decarbonization discourse in need of overhaul

It’s well known that the EU is focusing its efforts on decarbonizing its economy.

ICTA-UAB to organize the International Conference 2020 on Low-Carbon Lifestyle Changes

ICTA-UAB will host the International Conference 2020 on Low-Carbon Lifestyle Changes with the aim of exploring the role of changing lifestyles in climate change mitigation.

Iron availability in seawater, key to explaining the amount and distribution of fish in the oceans

People tend to pay more attention to how much food they are eating, than with how rich their diet is in essential micronutrients like iron.

Mining waste dumped into Portmán Bay continues to release metals into the sea 25 years later

The waters of the Mediterranean Sea continue to receive dissolved metals from the mining waste deposited in Portmán Bay (Murcia) 25 years after the cessation of mining activity.

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.

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.
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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.

Prizes 
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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