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Polyfarming inspires Harvard for designing a new city model

17 de September 2020Ángela Justamante

The alternative agriculture and livestock model defended by the LIFE Polyfarming project has starred in a recent video made by the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD).

CREAF’s first international newsletter is out!

8 de September 2020Adriana Clivillé

We have published the first international CREAF's newsletter with the purpose of improving our visibility, reputation and recruitment of talent. Its common thread is ecology as a solution and it includes current events as diverse as 'la Caixa' postdoctoral scholarships with the experience of Oriol Lapiedra and the opinion of Marc Palahí, director of the European Forest Institute, about his previous work with us.

Creating less flammable landscapes would as much as halve the area expected to be affected by fire in the next 30 years

28 de August 2020Adriana Clivillé

Using mathematical models, a joint Spanish and Portuguese study has shown that altering the landscape, so as to reduce vegetation density and combustibility for example, and promoting farming activities of high natural value would drastically reduce the amount of land damaged by fire.

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Ozone affects plants, insects and microorganisms, and poses a threat to global biodiversity

28 de August 2020Anna Ramon Revilla

According to a study co-authored by CREAF-based CSIC researcher Josep Peñuelas and published in Science Advances, increases in ozone in Earth’s atmosphere will be a danger to the biodiversity of the Mediterranean Basin, Japan and equatorial Africa by 2100.

Climate change and population growth: key factors in the decline of Easter Island’s civilization

30 de July 2020Verónica Couto Antelo

The collapse of civilizations has always attracted our attention: entire books, films and thousands of legends have been dedicated to it. What makes some human populations disappear and others not? Is it related to climate crises and pandemics like the current ones?

Climate change, deforestation and fires are changing the Amazon Rainforest’s scent

23 de July 2020Anna Ramon Revilla

For a long time now, scientists have been describing nature’s scents on the basis of measurements of their main ingredients, volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Emitted by plants, fungi, bacteria and all animals for communication purposes, such compounds are a form of language.

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New proposals to understand how the planet’s vegetation works

20 de July 2020CREAF

An international team -where Josep Peñuelas has participated- explores the factors that most affect plant behavior and how they can be included in predictive models to improve them. The result, published in Nature Plants wants to improve understanding of the global carbon cycle and ecosystem services and their future if forests change due to climate change.

Discover the biodiversity of the coast with the ‘Return to the Sea’ campaign

16 de July 2020Ángela Justamante

The Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM-CSIC), the Cos4Cloud project in which CREAF participates, the marine environmental services company Anèl·lides – Serveis ambientals marins, the environmental association Xatrac and three diving centres, Oceanicos, Escafandra Calafell and Plàncton diving have joined forces to promote the ‘Return to the Sea’ campaign, a citizen science initiative which seeks to collect the maximum number of observations of marine biodiversity on the Catalan coastline in July, August and September.

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