Energy Sources and the Environment

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  • Non-renewable energy sources AND biofuels can have damaging effects on the environment. 
  • All three fossil fuels release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Coal releases the most C02, then oil and then gas. 
  • All this carbon dioxide contributes to the Greenhouse effect, which leads to global warming and climate change. 
  • Burning coal and oil also releases sulfur dioxide which causes acid rain. Acid rain is harmful to trees, lakes and soil as well as buildings. 
  • Acid rain can be reduced by removing the sulfur from the fuel before it is burnt, or clearing up the emissions. 
  • Coal mining destroys the landscape, especially 'open cast mining'
  • Oil spillages cause serious environmental problems, affecting mammals and birds that live…


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