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Computer Platform Gives Visibility to Catalonia's Small Villages

A research team from the UAB, in collaboration with the Association of Microvillages of Catalonia, has created a Geographic Information System (GIS) for Active and Sustainable Hamlets (GISASH), which gathers information on the state of and services offered by the more than 330 municipalities in Catalonia with fewer than 500 inhabitants.

Environmental justice defenders victims of violence and murder

Grassroots movements halt environmental degradation in up to 27% of environmental conflicts worldwide, according to a study by the ICTA-UAB.

El Locos por la Tierra retoma las sesiones en formato virtual

El programa Locos por la Tierra impartido por el ICTA-UAB ha reanudado sus sesiones formativas en formato virtual.

Technological changes and new low-carbon lifestyles, key to mitigating climate change impacts

In order to mitigate climate change impacts and achieve a more sustainable society, it is necessary to transform the current energy system based on fossil fuels into a model based on renewable energies.

Exploring climate change impacts through popular proverbs

Members of an irrigation community doing maintenance work in an acequia de careo (irrigation canal built at the top of the mountain) to improve the circulation of water for irrigation and human consumption.

Neolithic vessels reveal dairy consumption in Europe 7,000 years ago

Pottery from the site located in Verson (Francia) analysed during the research (Picture by Annabelle Cocollos, Conseil départemental du Calvados ou CD14 publicada en Germain-Vallée et al.

Mapping out the impacts of pollution upon Indigenous Peoples worldwide

Sulphur mine in Ijen, Java, Indonesia. Picture by Joan de la Malla.

Economic growth is incompatible with biodiversity conservation

A study involving more than 20 specialists in conservation ecology and ecological economics highlights the contradiction between economic growth and biodiversity conservation.

Encuesta: El rol del verde residencial durante el confinamiento por el brote de COVID-19 en España

El grupo de investigación BCNUEJ (www.bcnuej.org) del ICTA-UAB (https://ictaweb.uab.cat/) y del IMIM (www.imim.es) está realizando un estudio sobre el papel del verde residencial (vegetación interior, en balcones, en terrazas, cubiertas verdes, jardines particulares, etc.

ICTA-UAB shares protective material with hospitals

ICTA-UAB is since last Monday 16 March 2020, an Institute with Restricted Access. Most of the laboratories are empty, the Scientific and Technical Services are closed, only the basic services are working and most of the people is working and staying at home.

Higher and earlier pollen concentrations expected for this spring

Spring and summer pollination will begin a few days earlier than usual and in important numbers, reaching higher than average levels (from the 1994-2019 period).

Power struggles hinder urban adaptation policies to climate change

Transformative actions implemented by cities to address and mitigate the impacts of climate change may be hindered by political struggles for municipal power.

Analysis of tropical fire soot deposited in the ocean will help predict future global climate changes

The ICTA-UAB begins a scientific expedition in the Atlantic Ocean to collect dust and smoke samples from the fires of tropical Africa deposited in marine sediments.

What elements and characteristics should forests have to influence human health?

Despite the increasing interest of the scientific community and society towards the potential of forests as a source of human health, the existing scientific literature does not allow for a coherent relationship between the type of forest and different health variables.

Red coral effectively recovers in Mediterranean protected areas after decades of overexploitation

Protection measures of the Marine Protected Areas have enable red coral colonies (Corallium rubrum) to recover partially in the Mediterranean Sea, reaching health levels similar to those of the 1980s in Catalonia and of the 1960s in the Ligurian Sea (Northwestern Italy).

Sub-national “climate clubs” could offer key to combating climate change

‘Climate clubs’ offering membership for sub-national states, in addition to just countries, could speed up progress towards a globally-harmonised climate change policy, which in turn offers a way to achieve stronger climate policies in all countries.

Victoria Reyes-García receives an ERC Proof of Concept grant linked to the LICCI project

Victoria Reyes-García ICREA Research Professor at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) is one of the 76 top researchers that will receive ERC Proof of Concept grants.

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.

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.

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).
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ICTA-UAB Researcher Victoria Reyes-García to Speak on the IPBES Biodiversity Report in Madrid

Date: 2019-06-04

Reyes-García is one of the experts who worked on the document presented to the UN in Paris 

ICREA researcher at the ICTA-UAB Victoria Reyes-García will be presenting the main results of the "Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity" drafted by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), in an event organised by the Spanish Ministry for the Ecological Transition taking place on 19 June in Madrid. Victoria Reyes-García is one of the four scientists from Spain who participated in the drafting of this report, which alerts on how the biodiversity crisis, with a million species in danger of extinction, can endanger the human species in a matter of decades. 

The event will be presided by Teresa Ribera, Minister for the Ecological Transition, and will take place at the headquarters of the Abertis Foundation in Madrid. The objective is to present and discuss the latest results of the report drafted by this independent organism and commissioned by the UN, as well as to debate the actions which could be put into practice to protect nature and guarantee the health and further development of humanity. 

The report, presented in May at the UN headquarters in Paris, represents the most complete scientific assessment of the state of biodiversity ever to be produced. A total of 145 experts and 310 collaborators from 50 countries worked on the report. It is based on 15,000 scientific documents, as well as other sources of knowledge such as local and indigenous wisdom. The document includes the assessment of changes occurring in the past five decades and provides a full panorama of the relationship between economic development paths and their impact on nature. It also displays a range of possible scenarios for the following decades. 

The report shows that the speed at which ecosystems are deteriorating has no precedents in the history of humanity and the extinction of species advances at an  accelerated pace as a result of non-regulated human activities; however, it also points out the tendencies which can be halted. For this there is a need for a "transforming change" in each of the aspects in which human interact with nature. 

The Ministry for the Ecological Transition has invited Victoria Reyes-García to participate in the debate "Global Assessment on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: main contents and solutions". Also participating in the debate will be Unai Pascual from the Basque Climate Change Centre (BC3) and one of the authors of the report, as well as Fernando Santos from the King Juan Carlos University.

 

 

 

 

 
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