Global change

Pont de Querós (in Sant Hilari Sacalm), a medieval bridge that is usually underwater in Susqueda Reservoir. Source: Jordiavus (Wikimedia Commons).
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Anna Ramon

How to tackle the current water shortage, and the one on the horizon

Catalonia has declared a drought-induced “state of exceptionality”. The situation is serious, and simply folding our arms and hoping for rain is not enough. All this is explained in full inside, based on a discussion with CREAF’s water management expert, Annelies Broekman.

Miño River as it passes through Galicia. Image: Alejandro Piñero Amerio (Wikimedia Commons).
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Anna Ramon

Climate change impacts how rivers breathe

A study recently published in Nature led by an international team in which CREAF postdoctoral researcher Lluis Gómez Gener has participated, shows that river ecosystems play a valuable role in the exchange of greenhouse gases and, consequently, in the study of global climate change.

A 70% of rice paddies in low-income countries are expected to suffer further yield reduction, compared to 52% in middle and high-income countries. Image: Rice paddy in Thailand, by Eduardo Prim, Unsplash.
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Adriana Clivillé

High CO2 concentration in the atmosphere impoverishes rice farmland

The high concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere reduces by more than 20% the availability of phosphorus in rice paddies worldwide, an indispensable fertiliser mineral. This puts countries with low purchasing power at a disadvantage in terms of the cost of phosphorus fertiliser, and further widens economic inequality due to CO2 emissions and impacts on geochemical processes.

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