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.

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.

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.

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).
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Helen Cole
Helen  Cole

Helen Cole is a public health researcher focusing on racial, ethnic and socioeconomic health inequities. She holds a doctorate in public health (DrPH) from the City University of New York Graduate Center and School of Public Health in community, society and health (2016) focusing on urban health inequities and on the role of ethnicity and socioeconomic status in understanding inequities in health affecting black men in the United States. She also completed an MPH in health behavior and health education and a certificate in global health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2007) and a BA in psychology at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (2003). Before and during her doctoral education, she worked as a project manager for large public health research projects at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and NYU School of Medicine, both in New York City. Most of her work has centered on designing, implementing and evaluating behavioral interventions for chronic disease control among black men placed in churches, mosques and other community centers. She has also worked internationally supporting chronic disease-related health services research in Ghana and Nigeria. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher with the Barcelona Lab for Environmental Justice and Sustainability and the Healthy Cities and Environmental Justice research group at IMIM (the Institut d’Hospital del Mar Investigacions Mѐdiques).

Research Interests
Her research interests lie in understanding the implications of socioeconomic status, race, and ethnicity for health inequities; and in questioning the utility and validity of standard race-based analyses of health inequities, particularly among diverse urban communities. As a member of the Healthy Cities and Environmental Justice research group, she aims to bridge the fields of public health, urban planning and environmental justice in studying links between health inequities and gentrification associated with urban greening. 

Keywords
Urban health; health inequity; social determinants of helath; race and ethnicity

Helen Cole
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