Paris Agreement hampered by inconsistent pledges, new ICTA-UAB research finds

Some countries' Paris Climate Agreement pledges may not be as ambitious as they appear, according a new study carried out by researchers from the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB).

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.

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

In general, the creation of parks and green spaces in urban centers has positive effects on the health of city residents.

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).

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).
MdM INCUBATOR: "Societal metabolism of transitions to sustainability in Sweden" by Laura Pérez Sánchez

Date: 2019-05-29


Title: “Societal metabolism of transitions to sustainability in Sweden”

Speakers: Laura Pérez Sánchez, ICTA-UAB

Date: Wednesday May 29th 2019
Time: From 13h to 14.30h

Venue: Espai Montseny Z/022

We face urgent environmental sustainability challenges which require of deep changes transforming our societies. Nonetheless, these challenges join other social and economic ones: financial crisis, inequalities, ageing population, etc. We need a deeper understanding of the current processes of societal evolution, the implications for environment, economy and social tissue, so action plans can be defined. 

This project is based in the analysis of the societal metabolism of Sweden in the context of transitions to sustainability maintaining a good life with high human development. This will be done in a multi-scale and multi-dimensional way within the MuSIASEM framework, including energy, water, land use, value added, human activity. The focus is set on energy and food security to possible threats that could cause complete or partial disturbance: interruption of the actual pattern of international trade due to geopolitical conflicts, climate change, local conflicts, etc.  The analysis acknowledges that there isn’t a unique valid solution to sustainability problems, the objective is to explore the option space of feasible, viable and desirable alternatives for a transition to sustainability. 

Laura Pérez-Sánchez is a predoctoral researcher in the IASTE research group, within the framework of societal metabolism (MuSIASEM). Her current work focuses on the analysis of the nexus of energy, water, food and other materials at the country level with the case study of Sweden. She explores possible transitions to sustainability while keeping of “a good life” considering the implications of trade, biophysical and socio-economic constrains in the different sectors of the economy. Laura holds a MsC in Interdisciplinary Studies in Environmental, Economic and Social Sustainability, Industrial and Urban Ecology specialization (UAB, 2017) and a degree on Industrial Engineering (UPC, 2014). 

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