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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

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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

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Higher and earlier pollen concentrations expected for this spring

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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.

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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

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Mining waste dumped into Portmán Bay continues to release metals into the sea 25 years later

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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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International scientific conference to debate new lifestyles to mitigate climate change

Date: 2020-05-05

 

More than 500 researchers from all around the world will gather virtually tomorrow Wednesday May 6 at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona to discuss and propose how society should adopt more sustainable and low-carbon forms of lifestyle that contribute to mitigating climate change.

Given the exceptional situation that COVID-19 has brought to all of us, the conference was reorganized in recent weeks to convert it into a fully virtual meeting, thus adapting to the philosophy of the event, which aims to explore possible changes in society's lifestyles towards less polluting models.

Decreasing energy demand and promoting more sustainable consumption patterns are regarded as key elements for limiting global warming to 1.5°C. However, the study of lifestyle changes required for such purpose has received limited academic attention to date. As is tradition at the ICTA-UAB, this conference will bring together researchers from different academic disciplines to address and discuss the impacts, drivers and policies of low-carbon lifestyles.

The conference forms part of the institute's strategic program promoted within the framework of the María de Maeztu Unit of Excellence, granted to the ICTA-UAB by the Spanish Ministry for Science, Innovation and Universities, and which accredits it as a center of reference for climate change and its socioeconomic impacts. “We should stimulate positive changes towards low carbon economies and lifestyles”, says Dr. Patrizia Ziveri, scientific director of the María de Maeztu program at the ICTA-UAB, who explains that “although the COVID-19 emergency makes us realise our vulnerability, it is also is a great opportunity for a positive 'green' change”. Dr. Ziveri considers that the COVID19  recovery plan “must tackle climate change” and this conference offers a great international platform for discussing and proposing new ways of sustainable low carbon living. 

From tomorrow Wednesday May 6 until Friday May 8, the conference can be followed online. Participants will attend three keynote conferences by scientists such as Angela Druckman, Lorraine Whitmarsh and Céline Guivarch. Talks and presentations will allow addressing possible changes in lifestyles and their economic, social and environmental impacts in areas such as energy and food production, the transport of goods and people, domestic consumption, recycling, leisure and vacations, and the development of scientific research. To do this, scientists from around the world will explain their studies and experiences implemented in countries such as France, China, India, Germany, Argentina, Ghana, the Philippines, and the United States.

The conference will allow participants to interact and share their experiences and opinions through forums and discussion spaces.

To follow the conference in its entirety or only some of its sessions it is necessary to register here:
https://lifestyle-changes.org/registration/

Programa:
https://lifestyle-changes.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/ICTA2020_Program.pdf

Abstracts:
https://lifestyle-changes.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/ICTA2020_BookOfAbstracts.pdf

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