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.
Also, recovery leads to discolored local creeks and rivers because of the acidic run-off of these waters (Lecture 3/11/02). Next, these resources must be transported all over the world, where they will go into the preparation and refining stage. During this stage, there is a risk that refuse or sludge will result from coal cleaning parts (Lecture 3/11/02). Also, air and water pollution may result from the process of petroleum refining, which involves the change of the chemical composition of petroleum to produce desirable chemicals and fuels. However, that means that the undesirable results are released to pollute the atmosphere.
Acid Rain in Europe Introduction ============ The atmosphere is like a film of gases, which makes the planet habitable. If this layer was not present there would be no life on earth. It is a fact that the health of plants, animals and humans depends upon a very important factor 'pollution'. Although, all kinds of poisonous waste is continuing to be put into the atmosphere. These poisonous gases are being produced when fossil fuels are burnt, as a result of this acid rain forms which further more results in numerous problems damaging forests, lakes, rivers, land, plants and animals.
Extracting, transporting, and burning fossil fuels are dangerous. There are also many negative biological and environmental impacts that result from the use of fossil fuels, such as ocean acidification, groundwater contamination, land subsidence, oil spills, and global warming. Therefore, we should be trying to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and explore alternative energy sources such as wind energy, hydroelectricity, and solar energy instead. Our world depends on fossil fuels, but they can also hurt us. Fossil fuels are both a blessing and a curse.
After all, who wants to live on an unhealthy planet? The main component of fossil fuels are hydrocarbons. While burning hydrocarbons, hazardous pollutants such as carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and particulate matter are emitted into the atmosphere (Walker). Upon combustion of sulfurous coals and fuel oils in power plants, sulfur dioxide is released. SO2 has negative effects on vegetation, animals, and people.
The leading cause of climate change is from the CO2 emissions discharged by gasoline. The buildup of those emissions will eventually result in a slew of repercussions to the environment, such as animal extinction or intoxication of the population’s water, and huge disruptions in many happily accustomed American lifestyles. The U.S needs to beware of these changes and prepare for the future. Is America ready for this drastic and alarming transformation? Definitely not, but luckily, time is abundant.
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.
Fossil fuels contain impurities and these “impurities such as sulfur also burn and produce potentially dangerous oxides'; which are released into the air (Burning www 1). Releasing these oxides into the air has many consequences including smog, which is the most noticeable of these problems. The hazy smog that hangs over us in the summer is actually ground level ozone; the most harmful pollutant of our air (Information 59). Pollutants of the air we breathe are very dangerous and cause many problems especially to people with breathing disorders. For instance, the E.P.A.
Pollution of the greenhouse gases is one of the biggest factors that cause it. These greenhouse gases carbon dioxide, methane from landfills , fossil fuels, nitrous oxide from fertilizers, and lastly carbon monoxide, all of these gases warm and hurt the atmosphere. Some of these gases are caused by natural things on earth like volcanoes , but humans are the ones who are responsible for most of these gases in the air(“Global Warming”). Global warming is warming of the regions and that is what causes the severe weather and melting of the ice caps. Global warming is the result of human air pollution of the greenhouse gases into the environment and it is killing our planet.
Even biodegradable pollutants can damage a water supply for long periods and the life forms within the water start to suffer damage due to pollution. Lakes are particularly susceptible to pollution because they cannot cleanse themselves as rapidly as rivers or oceans. In recent years, waste treatment plants have developed ways to deal with water contamination. Some places, however, still pollute streams by allowing raw sewage to run into them. Septic tanks and cesspools may also pollute the groundwater and neighboring streams.