Recent theoretical frameworks

Many academics in social sciences agree that these issues related to environmental threats will remain for a long while. For instance, in his book, Postmodern Climate Change, Leigh Glover argues that the ongoing climate crisis will never be resolved, but will remain an environmental issue for decades, as it has since 1970, mainly because we seem to live in an "international climate change régime."

In the book The Social Construction of Climate Change: Power, Knowledge, Norms, Discourses, the contributors do not propose responses, but argue that climate change is socially made and remains a matter of knowledge and power.

Unless they have great interest in the topic, most people are not likely to read books on climate change and global warming, so they may be reliant on what they read in popular magazines and the mass media. Therefore, they might only get a partial view of this complex phenomena.

BIBLIOGRAPHY. Mark Bowen, Censoring Science: Inside the Political Attack on Dr. James Hansen and the Truth of Global Warming (Dutton Adult (2007); Christian Gerondeau, Ecologie, La Grande Arnaque (Albin Michel, 2007). Mary-beth Lorbiecki, Planet Patrol: A Kids' Action Guide to Earth Care (Two-Can Publishing, 2005); Mary E. Pettenger, ed., The Social Construction of Climate Change: Power, Knowledge, Norms, Discourses (Ashgate, 2007). Paul Robbins, ed., Encyclopedia of Environment and Society (SAGE, 2007); Henrik Svensmark and Nigel Calder, The Chilling Stars: A New Theory of Climate Change (Icon Books, 2007).

Yves Laberge Université Laval

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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