Fossil Fuels And Global Warming

1552 WordsNov 23, 20157 Pages
Sustainable Energy The world right now is facing a major disaster if our habits don’t change. Fossil fuels dominate our energy demand and at our current rate this will remain true for quite some time. The World Energy outlook claims that by 2030 84% of our energy demands will be fulfilled by fossil fuels (Shafiee et al, 181). It is believed that we possess the reserves to meet our demands until 2030 (Shafiee et al, 181) but the cost will increase as time goes on. Fossil fuels are a non-renewable resource, meaning that once we run out of what’s currently available, we cannot replenish it. Our future energy needs are heavily dependent on a non-renewable and quickly depleting energy source. The issue of fossil fuels running out is only one part of the larger overall issue. Fossil fuels are major contributors to increased atmospheric CO2 levels and global warming. At our current rate our atmospheric CO2 levels will reach 750 ppm by 2100 (Lincoln, 621) for a comparison our preindustrial CO2 levels sat around 275 ppm (Lincoln, 621) almost a third of what levels could reach in 2100. The increase in CO2 in the atmosphere contributes to global warming by trapping more energy from the sun within our atmosphere, leading to a raise in temperatures. Increased temperatures will drastically change landscapes throughout the Pacific Northwest and throughout the world. The Pacific Northwest will be a very different place with an increase in atmospheric CO2. A study done the IPCC showed that

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