Environmental Impacts of Fossil Fuel Use Essay

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Environmental Impacts of Fossil Fuel Use

One of the main issues involved with fossil fuels are the environmental impacts that occur from their use. These problems; such as acid rain, oil spills, climate change, global warming, etc., are not only occurring with fossil fuel usage, but are also increasing due to the increase in the use of fossil fuels. This essay will vaguely explain the area of environmental impacts from fossil fuel use, and will attempt to change, or further increase your understanding of the very serious environmental impacts that occur from fossil fuel use.

One of the biggest environmental impacts which is steadily increasing in severity due to fossil fuel usage is global warming. Global warming is mainly caused due
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Another environmental impact in which fossil fuel usage contributes to is air pollution; acid rain, smog, etc. Burning fossil fuels increase the amount of many chemicals in the atmosphere, including nitrogen oxides and sulfur oxides, which eventually lead to increased amounts of acid rain. Acid rain can destroy the leaves of plants, poison soil and waterways, and ultimately kill many animals and plants (Outdoor Air Pollution). On a more of a human impact level, air pollution caused by the burning of fossil fuels can eventually lead to things such as lung disease and cancer (Air Pollution). Another effect that takes place is smog formation. Smog is a problem in many city areas and contributes to low visibility and "dirty skies."

Along with all of these atmosphere and air pollution problems, there are also areas of pollution in which land or water is being polluted due to fossil fuel use. One of the biggest areas in which land or water pollution takes place is transportation of these fossil fuels. Oil spills are an example of devastating impacts in which the waterway in which the spill takes place gets polluted, the waterways into which the spill can travel to, as well as all the shores where the oil polluted water is traveling. On the topic of coal, coal mining can leave by a lot of pyrite, a sulfur compound, which can be washed away into streams and rivers in the form of an acid as water flows through the mine (Clean Energy). These land and water problems
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