06 Aug How Fossil Fuels Affect Climate Change, Can We Completely Stop Using Them Today?
Coal, petroleum and natural gas have become the staple of our life today. All the electricity and amenities that we are enjoying today comes mainly from fossil fuels. In the world that we living in, it has provided roughly 80 to 85 per cent of the world’s energy. They have long been the primary source of energy that has propelled modern civilization. However, on the other hand, carbon emissions from the combustion of fossil fuels are the major cause of global warming.
Attempts have been made to reduce the use of this unrenewable energy, but are we getting closer to our climate change goals? Will we ever stop using fossil fuels?
Climate Change and Fossil Fuels
Before anything, let’s learn about both climate change and fossil fuels individually.
Fossil fuels, also known as mineral fuels, are hydrocarbon-containing world resources such as coal, petroleum, and natural gas.
The utilization of these resources has fueled industrial development and has supplanted windmills, hydropower, including the use of wood or peat for heat.
When generating electricity, turbines are frequently driven by energy derived from the combustion of mineral fuels. Older generators frequently used the steam generated by combustion to turn a turbine, but in modern power plants, the gas generated by combustion is used straightforwardly to turn the gas turbine. The primary source of carbon dioxide, one of the greenhouse gases that caused global warming, is the combustion of fuels. Greenhouse gases trap heat in our atmosphere, which contributes to global warming and climate change.
Climate Change is defined as a significant change in climate, air temperature, and rainfall that occurs over a period of decades to millions of years.
The subject is caused by rising levels of carbon dioxide gas and other gases in the atmosphere, which cause the greenhouse gas effect. It has far-reaching consequences for human livelihoods. The increase in the earth’s temperature has an impact in not only increasing the global temperature but also on changing the weather system, which affects various aspects of changes in nature and human life. For instance, crop failure, extreme weather, and increasing disease outbreaks.
From these two definitions, it can be concluded that the two correlates to one another. The processing of mineral fuels contributes to the emission of greenhouses gasses. When greenhouse gasses are emitted, global warming happens.
The World Inclining to Fossil Fuels
Oil, coal, and gas are currently critical to the global economy, our health, and our livelihoods. While renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, and geothermal are beginning to replace fossil fuels in some sectors, they still only satisfy a tiny fraction of the world’s total energy demand. It is doubtful that the world will be able to wean itself off of oil, coal and gas anytime soon.
However, according to NBC News, experts believe the transition can be made completely. “With enough time and incentives, ending today’s reliance on fossil fuels is certainly feasible,” Rubin said. “However, it will necessitate massive changes in our transportation technologies — the most complicated issue— as well as our power supply systems.”
Changing the world’s main energy resources for the sake of the planet might indeed be hard to accomplish yet it is possible. Instead of unrenewable resources, renewable resources such as wind energy and hydropower can be innovated and developed further today. This, of course, could not be done without our help. Let’s save our earth from global warming!
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