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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Laura Talens Peiró

Laura Talens Peiró holds a degree in chemical engineering by the Universitat Politècnica de València, a BSc in combined studies in engineering and a MSc in Clean Manufacturing Technologies both from the University of Teesside (United Kingdom). Her doctoral research, supervised by Dr. Gara Villalba Méndez and Dr. Xavier Gabarrell i Durany, explored the use of exergy analysis as tool to evaluate biofuels production. This was followed by postdoctoral research as part of the PROSUITE Project and a Marie Curie fellowship supervised by Prof. Robert Ayres at INSEAD (France), on the metabolism of scarce metals. Afterwards, Laura worked as scientific policy officer at the Joint Research Center of the European Commission in two main EU policy areas: the development material efficiency requirements for new Ecodesign regulations and the revision of the EU methodology on critical raw materials. In late 2017, Laura was granted a Beatriu de Pinós scolarship and joined the research group SosteniPra at ICTA. She has acted as external expert and an external evaluator of H2020 project proposals by the European Commission.

Research interest
Her career as a researcher has been driven mainly by the need to understand how materials are used by socio-economic systems and the resulting environmental impacts generated by their life cycle. To better understand this problem, she uses methodologies such as material flow analysis, life cycle assessment, exergy analysis, among others, all with a common baseline: the principles of mass and energy conservation. She is especially interested on the use of material by the electrical and electronic industry. Indeed, since the end of 2017, she has worked in the Database of SEmiconductors and other components (DoSE) which aims to shed light on the types and quantities of materials used in electronic products, and allow for a more accurate evaluation of electrical and electronic equipment.

Key Words
Circular Economy, Critical Raw materials, Resource management, Industrial Ecology, Electrical and Electronic Equipment

Laura Talens Peiró
Email UAB: Laura.Talens@uab.cat
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