Humans are the ones who are causing the most damage to the earths environment, that movements are being made to put the mistake that humans are making to cause climate change (global warming) into perspective of how harmful the things humans do in their every day lives can and will effect the environment, this is so we can help to improve those affects. Rise of gasoline and oil prices have always been a big issue ever since the need for fossil fuels rose throughout the years, especially when the distribution and demand was increased for these fossil fuels. Fossil fuels in general (gasoline) are hurting the environment tremendously. The leading consumer of fossil fuels is the United States. When fossil fuels are burned it is one of the biggest causes to global warming and climate change.
These pollutants include unburnt hydrocarbons, particulate matter, such as ash or soot, and sulfur and nitrogen oxides (Lecture 3/11/02). The combination of these pollutants often results in smog, a problem most pressing in California (http://www.sparetheair.org/). Major challenges exist concerning environmental problems with fossil fuel use. One challenge is to reduce fossil fuel use, in general, while also accommodating the increasing population and industrialization (Lecture 3/18/02). A second challenge is to remember to put human life before the need for industrialization.
Whether you believe it or not, this planet is not headed in the right direction. The key to surviving for any organism is adapting to the environment, and planet Earth could use some help in that department. There has been an exponential increase of pollution throughout the world, mainly due to the increase in fossil fuel burning, as well as the increase of associated air emissions. Burning fossil fuels is the most common way of creating energy. The main reason why fossil fuels are bad for our health is because burning them releases a number of extremely harmful gases, such as carbon dioxide and monoxide, sulfur oxides, nitrogen oxides, and hydrocarbons.
As helpful as these resources are they come with a cost to the environment, with the mining, refining and burning of fossil fuel is one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases, (EPA). The use and misuse of the fuels has harmed our environment so greatly that it is now approaching a theoretical tipping point, at which the harm that is being caused will become irreversible. Along with many of these resources having already reached their peak, the United States began import oil 1970 due to its own production peaking (e), the reduction of the consumption of fossil fuels is now vital. Engineers play a role in reducing the consumption of fossil fuels through the creation of new technologies and processes, along with the updating and retrofitting of old systems. 1) The environmental impacts from the consumption of fossil fuels - 545 words The use of non-renewable resources is rampant in our modern society the world over.
Some of the effects that global warming might causes are floods, melting the ice caps, and hurricanes. The increase in the temperature is melting the ice caps on the North and South Pole, and increase the water level in the planet. Many cities ... ... middle of paper ... ...ff, we can exchange it with electric trains. Trains that work with electricity can be useful to transport people and stuff. Global warming can harm the planet seriously and effect the way we live.
Fossil fuels are the main cause that contributes to the pollution of transportation. The cause of agriculture is due to “the increased use of pesticides, as well as by the intensive character of its production” (Rinkesh). A majority of pesticides are created from chemicals that harm the environment. When homes are built “natural environment has to be destroyed in one way or another. Wildlife and plants are driven away and replaced by human constructions” (Rinkesh).
The consumption of fossil fuels have led to the greenhouse effect – the damage to the earth. However, there are alternate sources of power to decrease the amount of carbon gasses released into the atmosphere. These energy sources beneficial to the environment and difficult to control. Fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gases are
Unfortunately we now realize that these resources have a very strong impact on the environment in the form of conventional pollution, and what could be even more severe greenhouse effect. There is a severe environmental impact in all stages of fossil fuel use including: recovery, transportation, preparation/ refining, and storage- not only the end use(the actual combustion) that most people think of. When recovering coal from the earth there are three major issues: The destruction of topsoil, acidic water runoff, and land subsidies. Some recovery issues with petroleum include drilling on land and offshore, gushers, and accidents. The transportation of fossil fuels can be a very risky proposition, with risk of oil pollution of the seas and accidents during routine operations.
And the reason behind this is the use of fossil fuels. C02 which is also an important constituent of environment is causing a warming effect on the earth’s surface. But where is so much of CO2 coming from? Fossil fuels like coal, oil, and natural gas are being burned to provide energy. Ken Caldeira (2012) in his article “The Great Climate Experiment” talks about how Co2 is being released in the atmosphere (p. 80).
Another consequence of global warming is the forming of deadly weather patterns. Warmer oceans pump more energy into storms which could make them stronger and more deadly. While risks of droughts are also increasing due to greater evaporation, which could lead to many wildfires (“Consequences of Global Warming”). Therefore it is important to keep global warming at a minimum in order to make the world a safer place. Image 1: A graph that shows the average global temperatures from 1880-2010 The Greenhouse Effect Global warming is caused by greenhouse gases.