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.

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.

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.
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ICTA-UAB to participate in the Maker Faire Barcelona

Date: 2019-10-01

ICTA-UAB researchers will participate in the sixth Edition of the Maker Faire Barcelona which is taking place next 5th – 6th October at La Nau Bostik in the neighborhood of La Sagrera. ICTA-UAB members of the Sostenipra group will tackle the “Circular City” through two case studies on “Urban agriculture in the framework of the circular city” and on “The recovery of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) materials in the framework of the circular economy"·

Maker Faire Barcelona is a partnership between Sonar+D, Fablab Barcelona, SokoTech and Make, with the support of Barcelona City Hall, Arrow, HP and PRUSA Research. It is the greatest annual event of digital creativity and invention concern to tackle and solve the great challenges facing today people in a progressively complex society.

It gathers hundreds of local and international Makers who are enthusiastic to share their knowledge, creativity and their brightest projects through exhibitions, creative technologies workshops, conversations and interactive demos, targeted at all ages.

This edition, the Maker Faire wants to emphasize the urgent need to rethink and activate a new model of local and scalable economy: research, learning, entrepreneurship, production, employment and responsible consumption for the city, highlighting the central role of the Circular Economy, Resilience and Creativity.

ICTA-UAB researchers from Sostenipra group will showcase during the weekend an urban garden model as an example of urban rooftop agriculture, and they will show how to recovery the materials from disused electrical and electronic equipment.

ICTA-UAB will also take part in the Speakers Corner giving a talk, next 3rd October at 11h. Dra Laura Talens and Dr Joan Rieradevall will tackle the Circular City within the seminar “Transition towards a rural and urban circular economy”.  

In the last 40 years the global use of finite raw materials has almost tripled, from 26.7 million tonnes in 1970 to 84.4 million in 2015 and a recent report by Circle Economy, pointing out that by 2050. If nothing stops it, misuse could reach 170/184 million tonnes, numbers that exhaust the planet’s sustainable limits.
 
This meltdown generates unprecedented amounts of waste. As raw materials decline and waste increases, the linear economy model “extract, make, use and pull” causes great pressure on the natural environment and calls for an urgent reconsideration.
 
A circular and resilient economy describes a new economic system where nature and people are studied as a single set. It is based on the reduction, reuse, recycling and recovery of materials and processes of manufacturing of local, clean products, intensives in knowledge and in labor.

Cities that hold more than half of the world’s population represent ideal environments, laboratories to understand how to design and scale sustainability through resilience and circularity, possibly the two most important characteristics for the future of people.
 
The transition to a circular economy means rethinking all aspects of urban life. This includes searching solutions and consumption habits so that raw materials and products remain in circulation beyond the programmed service life, thus minimizing the loss of finite resources offered by the planet during the production and consumption processes. 

The transition to a circular economy means rethinking all aspects of urban life. This includes searching solutions and consumption habits so that raw materials and products remain in circulation beyond the programmed service life, thus minimizing the loss of finite resources offered by the planet during the production and consumption processes.
 

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