Climate problem: Social Sciences

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Literature review: Social Sciences problem for Climate

The “Ten Problems for Climate in the 2020s” booklet identifies ten relevant areas from very recent contributions put forward at academic level in the form journal articles, conference proceedings and students theses. Ten freely accessible internet references have been selected for each area and direct links are provided at the end of each chapter for own consultation. Our selected references do not intend to mirror ranking indexes nor establish novel classifications. On the contrary, they are meant to represent peer-reviewed, diverse and scientifically-sound case studies for vertical dissemination aimed at non-specialist readers. They will also be able to scoop even more references through the bibliography that is reported at the end of each selected reference.

Without further ado, these are the ten problems that we are going to introduce in this booklet:

  1. energy policies, 
  2. effects,
  3. machine learning,
  4. communication,
  5. non-state actors,
  6. social sciences,
  7. green infrastructures,
  8. mitigation,
  9. regional environments,
  10. economics.

Each problem has its own dedicated chapter made of an introductory section, a short presentation of the ten selected references and a conclusions section.

The final chapter of this booklet will report the conclusions from each chapter again in order to provide a complete executive summary.

6 Social Sciences

THE PROBLEM — Social sciences can help inform our understanding of human interactions with all forms of climatic change including weather, hazards, and/as well as their impacts and potential solutions. Effective action requires new ways of conceptualizing society, climate and environment and yet current research struggles to break free of established categories. If climate change is co-produced with society, it is also co-produced as an object of social justice. Anthropology, archeology, geography, and sociology highlight the key human factors contributing to climate change and their dynamic interactions.

CASE STUDIES — … buy this booklet from Amazon …

CONCLUSIONS — Social sciences contributions have been steadily growing within academic journals and are making an impact on the climate change field, noting that the scientific questions asked and the areas of the globe analyzed reflect global geopolitics, values and social relations and economic hegemonies. Studying unprecedented problems, though, requires careful innovation and improvisation to foster new solutions to new problems, for which we are ill-prepared. Although there are similarities between the Plague and Haze City, it is yet to be seen which transformations will occur in the post COVID-19 pandemic phase. Social sciences also help measure the relative social position of climate change debate in the hierarchically stratified structure of a given society. The remarkability of particular temperatures changes rapidly with repeated exposure. Economists, in large measure, are standing silently by and continuing in a narrow way to ignore climate-change issues and its big impacts in the case global warming exceeds 2 °C above the pre-industrial level. The global energy system should really make a transition to net-zero CO2 emissions by mid-century.

TEN FREE REFERENCES FROM THE INTERNET — … buy this booklet from Amazon …

“Ten Problems for Climate in the 2020s” booklet for Amazon Kindle, 2020; click on the cover to go to the dedicated Amazon listing page

booklet updated on 13 Dec 2020, now on sale as version 1.1

By TenProblems

Literature Reviews for Inquisitive Minds