Restoring 30% of the World’s Ecosystems in Priority Areas Could Stave Off More than 70% of Projected Extinctions

A new report in Nature involving ICTA-UAB demonstrates that this measure would allow the absorption of nearly half of the carbon built up in the atmosphere since the industrial revolution.

Diet of pre-Columbian Societies in the Brazilian Amazon Reconstructed

A new study shows that hunting and agroforestry management, and not fishing, were the foundations of subsistence economy for pre-Columbian societies in the Amazon coast of Brazil.

Wildlife conservation undermines the rights of indigenous people and local communities in India

A new EJAtlas map launched by the ICTA-UAB denounces that the current model puts growth and gains before human lives and the nature it is intended to protect.

Ocean Warming and Acidification Effects on Calcareous Phytoplankton Communities

A new study led by researchers from the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) warns that the negative effects of rapid ocean warming on planktonic communities will be exacerbated by ocean acidification.

ICTA-UAB economist Joan Martínez Alier wins the Balzan Prize for Environmental Challenges

Economist Joan Martínez Alier from the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology  of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) is one of the winners of the 2020 Balzan Prize in the category of "Environmental Challenges: Responses from the Social Sciences and Humanities".

Indigenous People Essential to Understanding Environmental Change

An international research involving ICTA-UAB scientists shows how local and indigenous knowledge can help manage ecosystems and wildlife.

New publication in the MAGIC project takes a critical look at circular economy

With the world’s attention focussed on COVID-19, issues that were in the forefront of public concern just a few months ago seem to have magically disappeared.

Economic Benefits of Protecting 30% of Planet’s Land and Ocean Outweigh the Costs at Least 5-to-1

First-of-its-kind report involving ICTA-UAB researcher shows the global economy is better off with more nature protected.

ICTA-UAB awarded the "María de Maeztu” Unit of Excellence Award for the second consecutive time

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) has been accredited a Maria de Maeztu Unit of Excellence Award for the second consecutive time by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation.

Proyecto experimental de agricultura urbana, local y tradicional en Sabadell

El ICTA-UAB y el Ayuntamiento de Sabadell constituyen la comunidad FoodE, que reúne a todos los actores implicados en el sistema de producción alimentaria de la ciudad y en esta iniciativa.

What do we breathe when in the forest?

For the first time, a study characterizes the forest chemistry of the air under the canopy of a Mediterranean holm oak forest and detects maximum concentrations in July and August.

Catalonia's Scientific Contributions to Fighting Covid-19

Sixty ICREA researchers, including Isabelle Anguelovski of the ICTA-UAB, lead more than a hundred research activities on Covid-19.

Academia in the Time of COVID-19: Towards an Ethics of Care

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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

Grassroots movements halt environmental degradation in up to 27% of environmental conflicts worldwide, according to a study by the ICTA-UAB.

Technological changes and new low-carbon lifestyles, key to mitigating climate change impacts

In order to mitigate climate change impacts and achieve a more sustainable society, it is necessary to transform the current energy system based on fossil fuels into a model based on renewable energies.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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Inscríbete en el Locos por la Tierra 2021

Date: 2020-09-22

El ICTA-UAB formará a estudiantes de bachillerato sobre los retos ambientales y de sostenibilidad actuales. Inscripciones abiertas hasta el 29 de octubre.

El Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals de la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) ofrecerá por segundo año consecutivo el curso Locos por la Tierra en el marco del programa Locos por la Ciencia de la Fundació Catalunya- La Pedrera.

A pesar de las atípicas circunstancias derivadas de la pandemia, durante su primera edición, el ICTA-UAB ha acercado a un grupo de jóvenes a los grandes retos que deberá afrontar la Tierra durante el próximo siglo. Una vez más, un grupo de 24 estudiantes de primero de bachillerato de Catalunya con vocación y talento científico podrán formarse sobre el entorno multidisciplinar que ofrecen las ciencias ambientales y la sostenibilidad para resolver problemas relacionados con el medio ambiente y el cambio climático.

Las inscripciones se pueden formalizar hasta el próximo 29 de octubre, y el programa tendrá lugar de enero a octubre de 2021. Durante 16 sesiones teórico-prácticas que tendrán lugar los sábados, los estudiantes conocerán de cerca la investigación en las áreas aplicadas en las ciencias y tecnologías ambientales como la sostenibilidad, los residuos, el aprovechamiento de recursos, el reciclaje, la biodiversidad, la agricultura urbana, la cooperación, el comportamiento ambiental, la economía circular, los incendios y el clima, la socioeconomía y la ecología. Además, podrán familiarizarse con procesos como la fotosíntesis, conocer cuál es el papel bioindicador de los macroinvertebrados, de la vegetación de ribera y de los mamíferos acuáticos, cómo crece un huerto urbano, el compostaje de la materia orgánica y explorar el papel de las comunidades locales en el estudio del cambio climático.

Trabajarán junto con investigadores para experimentar cómo es la ciencia en un centro de investigación internacional. También se llevarán a cabo salidas de campo y visitas a instalaciones de investigación. Esto les permitirá ganar experiencia práctica en las últimas metodologías de vanguardia y posicionarse para una posible carrera profesional en la rama científica que hayan escogido.

Los alumnos que quieran hacer su trabajo de investigación de bachillerato sobre uno de los temas tratados en el programa Locos por la Tierra, podrán contar como tutor de este trabajo con alguno de los profesores del curso o de los investigadores del ICTA-UAB.

Este año el programa Locos por la Ciencia ofrece 12 cursos sobre distintas disciplinas científicas que van desde la supercomputación, la nutrición, la economía, las matemáticas o la bioquímica.

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