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).
EEI SEMINAR: “A Green New Deal beyond growth?”, by Riccardo Mastini

Date: 2019-06-12

EEI SEMINAR: “A Green New Deal beyond growth?”

Speaker: Riccardo Mastini

Moderator: Tilman Hartley

Day: Wednesday, 12th June
Time: 12.30h
Room: Z/023

To limit global warming to 1.5° compared to pre-industrial levels, the IPCC latest report warns that countries must reach net zero CO2 emissions by 2040. Scholars and activists debate which policies are best suited for decarbonising our economies and the socio-economic changes that need to accompany it. We review and compare two prominent decarbonization discourses: the Green New Deal and degrowth. Here we show that both discourses have internal contradictions and present possible synergies and trade-offs between them. Green New Deal advocates propose a plan to coordinate and finance a large-scale overhaul of the energy system, but they disregard the issue of scale in energy use. Degrowth researchers and activists address also other environmental issues beyond climate change and place social justice at the centre of their analysis, but they fall short on discussing policy and financing measures. Economic growth plays a pivotal role in setting these two discourses apart from each other: it is the engine of the renewable energy transition in the case of the Green New Deal, whereas it should be abandoned as a policy goal from a degrowth perspective. However, both discourses already converge on two policy proposals: rethinking the ownership structure of the energy system and expanding the welfare state. We posit that these two discourses should enter in a dialogue and that this can be mutually enriching.

Riccardo Mastini is a PhD candidate in Ecological Economics and Political Ecology in the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA) at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He is a member of the academic collective Research & Degrowth and one of the editors of He is also a Research Fellow at the Wellbeing Economy Alliance, at the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy, and one of the co-founders of ENOUGH - International Network for Sufficiency Research and Policy.

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