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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L’impacte econòmic de la pèrdua de la biodiversitat, a debat al Col·legi d’Economistes de Catalunya

Date: 2020-01-10

El dimecres 15 de gener de 09:00h a 14:00h la Comissió d’Economia i Sostenibilitat del Col·legi d’Economistes de Catalunya, el Departament de Territori i Sostenibilitat,  el Consell Assessor per al Desenvolupament Sostenible (CADS), el Centre de Recerca Ecològica i Aplicacions Forestals (CREAF) i el Centre Tecnològic Forestal de Catalunya (CTFC) organitzen a la seu del Col·legi d’Economistes de Catalunya a Barcelona la jornada “Prosperitat sense natura?'' amb l’objectiu d’analitzar l'impacte de la pèrdua de biodiversitat en l'economia.

A les 09:00h el vicedegà del Col·legi d'Economistes de Catalunya, Oriol Amat, el president del Consell Assessor per al Desenvolupament Sostenible de la Generalitat de Catalunya, Ramon Roca, i el director general de Polítiques Ambientals i Medi Natural del Departament de Territori i Sostenibilitat de la Generalitat de Catalunya, Ferran Miralles, inauguraran la jornada. 

A les 09:15h, la professora d'Investigació ICREA a l'Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals de la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) Victoria Reyes-García presentarà les grans conclusions de l’informe sobre l'estat de conservació global de la biodiversitat de la Plataforma Intergovernamental Científico-Política en Biodiversitat i Serveis Ecosistèmics (IPBES), un organisme independent impulsat per diverses agències de l'ONU i integrat per més de 130 governs. A les 09:45H, el consultor en biodiversitat i desenvolupament (Bi+De) Santiago Fernández García-Velilla comentarà l’impacte econòmic de la biodiversitat.

A partir de les 11:00h, el professor Ikerbasque al Basque Centre for Climate Change BC3 Unai Pascual abordarà els aspectes clau per fomentar el debat de la qüestió a Catalunya. A continuació, tindrà lloc una taula rodona per comentar possibles solucions a la pèrdua de biodiversitat i els espais d’oportunitat que es generen segons el sector d’activitat. Des del sector de la recerca intervindrà el director de l'Institut de Recerca de la Biodiversitat de la Universitat de Barcelona (IRBIO) Francesc Xavier Sans, del sector primari el responsable de medi ambient de la Federació de Cooperatives Agràries de Catalunya i president de la D.O. Siurana Antoni Galceran, del sector secundari el director de QHSE Provital Group David de los Santos i del sector terciari la responsable de RRHH i RSE de l’agència de viatges Tarannà Felisa Palacio. Finalment tindrà lloc un debat moderat per la periodista ambiental, escriptora i divulgadora científica Maria Josep Picó.

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