El Locos por la Tierra retoma las sesiones presenciales

Después de hacer diversas sesiones en formato virtual, el programa Locos por la Tierra impartido por el ICTA-UAB reanudó el pasado día 27 de junio sus sesiones formativas en formato presencial.

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.

Mapping out the impacts of pollution upon Indigenous Peoples worldwide

Sulphur mine in Ijen, Java, Indonesia. Picture by Joan de la Malla.

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.

Encuesta: El rol del verde residencial durante el confinamiento por el brote de COVID-19 en España

El grupo de investigación BCNUEJ (www.bcnuej.org) del ICTA-UAB (https://ictaweb.uab.cat/) y del IMIM (www.imim.es) está realizando un estudio sobre el papel del verde residencial (vegetación interior, en balcones, en terrazas, cubiertas verdes, jardines particulares, etc.

ICTA-UAB shares protective material with hospitals

ICTA-UAB is since last Monday 16 March 2020, an Institute with Restricted Access. Most of the laboratories are empty, the Scientific and Technical Services are closed, only the basic services are working and most of the people is working and staying at home.

Higher and earlier pollen concentrations expected for this spring

Spring and summer pollination will begin a few days earlier than usual and in important numbers, reaching higher than average levels (from the 1994-2019 period).

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.

What elements and characteristics should forests have to influence human health?

Despite the increasing interest of the scientific community and society towards the potential of forests as a source of human health, the existing scientific literature does not allow for a coherent relationship between the type of forest and different health variables.

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.

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).
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Jeroen van den Bergh
Jeroen van den Bergh

Jeroen van den Bergh is ICREA Research Professor in the Institute of Environmental Science & Technology of Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He is also professor of Environmental and Resource Economics in the Faculty of Economics & Business Administration and the Institute for Environmental Studies, VU University Amsterdam. Previously, he was professor of Environmental Economics (1997-2007) at VU University Amsterdam, and a member of the Energy Council of the Netherlands (2003-2007). He obtained a Master degree in Econometrics and Operations Research from Tilburg University, and a PhD in Economics from VU University Amsterdam. He published 16 books and more than 170 journal articles. He was awarded the Royal Shell Prize 2002 and the IEC Environmental Prize (Premi Sant Jordi de Medi Ambient) 2011, and received awards for several publications. He is editor-in-chief of the Elsevier journal "Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions": http://www.journals.elsevier.com/environmental-innovation-and-societal-transitions.

Research interests

The intersection of economics, environmental science and innovation studies. Past work covered integrated environmental-economic modelling, construction of aggregate performance indicators, contributions to the growth-versus-environment debate, economic aspects of dematerialization and recycling, and spatial and international aspects of environmental policy. Work in recent years is focused on environmental innovation (notably renewable energy), the design and cost of effective climate policy, carbon and energy rebound, and modelling the transition to a low-carbon economy. He makes frequent use of insights and approaches of behavioral and evolutionary economics.

Key Words

Environmental and resource economics | Energy and climate economics | Environmental science and ecological economics | Evolutionary economics and innovation studies | Spatial (regional, transport and urban) economics

 

Recent publications

- Drews, S., and J.C.J.M. van den Bergh (2016). Public views on economic growth, the environment and prosperity: Results of a questionnaire survey. Global Environmental Change http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0959378016300371

- Antal, M., and J.C.J.M. van den Bergh (2016). Green growth and climate change: Conceptual and empirical considerations. Climate Policy 16(2): 165-177.

- Calvet-Mir, L., Maestre Andrés, S., J.L. Molina, and J.C.J.M. van den Bergh (2015). Participation in protected areas: A social network case study in Catalonia, Spain. Ecology and Society 20(4): http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-07989-200445.

- van den Bergh, J.C.J.M. (2015). Climate treaty: Pricing would limit carbon rebound. Nature 526: 195.

- Gsottbauer, E., I. Logar and J. van den Bergh (2015). Towards a fair, constructive and consistent criticism of all valuation languages: Comment on Kallis et al. (2013). Ecological Economics 112: 164-169.

- Drews, S., and J.C.J.M. van den Bergh (2015). What explains public support for climate policies? A review of empirical studies. Climate Policy, DOI:10.1080/14693062.2015.1058240.

- van den Bergh, J., C. Folke, S. Polasky, M. Scheffer and W. Steffen (2015). What if solar energy becomes really cheap? A thought experiment on environmental problem shifting. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 14: 170-179. 

- Garcia-Sierra, M., J. van den Bergh and C. Miralles (2015). Behavioural economics, travel behaviour and environmental-transport policy. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment  41: 288-305.

- van den Bergh, J.C.J.M., and F. Grazi (2015). Reply to the first systematic response by the Global Footprint Network to criticism: A real debate finally? Ecological Indicators 58: 458-463.

- Grazi, F., and J.C.J.M. van den Bergh (2014). Footprint Policy? Land use as an environmental indicator. Journal of Industrial Ecology 18(1): 10-19.

- Antal, M., and J.C.J.M. van den Bergh (2014). Re-spending rebound: A macro-level assessment for OECD countries and emerging economies. Energy Policy 68: 585-590.

- van den Bergh, J.C.J.M., and W. Botzen (2014), A lower bound to the social cost of CO2 emissions. Nature Climate Change 4(April): 253-258.

- Gsottbauer, E., and J.C.J.M. van den Bergh (2014). Environmental policy when pollutive consumption is sensitive to advertising: Norms versus status. Ecological Economics 107: 39-50.

- Subtil Lacerda. J., and J.C.J.M. van den Bergh (2014). International diffusion of environmental innovations: Lessons from the lead markets for wind power in China, Germany and USA, Energies 7: 8236-8263.

- Kreibich, H., J.C.J.M. van den Bergh, L.M. Bouwer, P. Bubeck, P. Ciavola, C. Green, S. Hallegatte, I. Logar,V. Meyer, R. Schwarze, and A.H. Thieken (2014). Costing natural hazards. Nature Climate Change 4(May): 303-306.

Jeroen van den Bergh
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