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.
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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