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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

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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.
European project to support rooftop greenhouses projects

Date: 2019-06-13


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. ICTA-UAB is one of the partners of this project that aims at reducing CO2 emissions in the construction and agricultural sectors by combining energy sharing and local food production.

Submit your application before the 30th of June 2019 and benefit from the expertise of European specialists in agriculture and construction. Infos: www.groof.eu .
Facing the challenges of global warming, the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions is a major international concern. In addition, in an increasingly dense urban context, the possibility of an off-ground cultivation is a key solution for our future. A viable economic model is emerging in urban agriculture, greenhouse growing on rooftops. 

Therefore, GROOF - Greenhouses to reduce CO2 on Roofs - has recently released an open call in order to foster rooftop greenhouses projects. The heat and the CO2 produced by the human activity can be recycled in rooftop greenhouses to grow plants, which make it possible to obtain a good quality local food, while meeting environmental and climatic challenges. 

The selected projects will benefit from a personalized coaching provided by GROOF specialists in the fields of construction, energy, agriculture and socio-economics. During this coaching, the GROOF specialists will transfer keys for a fruitful project implementation and help applicant to develop innovative solutions. 

This open call is addressed to anyone interested in the development of a rooftop greenhouse project, and who is based in the North-West Europe area (United Kingdom, Ireland, Belgium, Switzerland, Netherlands, Luxembourg, South Germany, North France) or Spain. It is only necessary to be the owner of a flat roof building or to know someone with an available roof. 

This project is coordinated by the CDEC (Conseil pour le Développement Economique de la Construction), with the support of the INTERREG NWE programme, and carried out with eleven partners (public and private) from Luxembourg, France, Belgium, Germany and Spain. 

Each partner brings valuable skills and knowledge to the project such as construction process and methodology, building energy management, urban agriculture development, knowledge of plants and cropping systems, entrepreneurial skills, socio-economic skills, etc.
The European project supports four pilot projects of rooftop greenhouses, implemented by GROOF partners, to showcase the efficiency and durability of the models proposed for different types of buildings and greenhouses. 

GROOF's goal is thus to support developers of rooftop greenhouse projects by providing them with personalized advisory. In the long term, this project will reveal the benefits of rooftop greenhouses to reduce CO2 emissions to policy makers and facilitators, and thereby unlock the environmental policies of cities in the Northwest European area and Spain to promote the development of rooftop greenhouse projects. 


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