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© Springer Science + Business Media B.V. 2010 Erratum to: DOI 10.1007/978-90-481-2953-9_1

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Theory alone cannot refute either of these extreme positions, as there are no obvious reasons why the pace of climate change caused by human activity should or should not match the pace with which we are able to adapt food production systems.

The online version of the original chapter can be found under DOI 10.1007/978-90-481-2953-9_1

Renewable Energy 101

Renewable Energy 101

Renewable energy is energy that is generated from sunlight, rain, tides, geothermal heat and wind. These sources are naturally and constantly replenished, which is why they are deemed as renewable. The usage of renewable energy sources is very important when considering the sustainability of the existing energy usage of the world. While there is currently an abundance of non-renewable energy sources, such as nuclear fuels, these energy sources are depleting. In addition to being a non-renewable supply, the non-renewable energy sources release emissions into the air, which has an adverse effect on the environment.

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