# Physics GCSE - Energy and the Environment

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ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Fossil fuel problems:

• When we burn coal, oil or gas, greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide are released, which cause global warming.
• Burning fossil fuels can also produce sulfur dioxide, which creates acid rain which in turn has corrosive effects on buildings and statues, and makes lakes,ponds and rivers turn acidic.
• Fossil fuels are non-renewable, meaning they are slowly running out and the Earth's reserves of these fuels are limited.

So what are the alternative sources of energy?

Nuclear Power:

• Clean fuel - no sulfur dioxide or harmful greenhouse gases are produced
• Much more energy gained from each kilogram of uranium (or plutonium) fuel than from fossil fuel
• Continuous process