The Negative Effects Of Fossil Fuels On The Environment

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For many years humans have been relying on fossil fuels for most sources of energy. Fossil fuels are an energy source that are formed from ancient plants and organisms approximately three-hundred million years ago. Three types of fossil fuel products exist that fuel basically everything humans use on a daily basis whether its electricity or fuel for a car and those are coal, oil, and natural gas. However, the process of turning fossil fuels into these three types of fuels produces carbon dioxide which has a negative effect on the environment, and fossil fuels are unreliable because they are a non-renewable resource. By switching to a more reliable and economy friendly source of energy such as solar and wind power the environment will be protected from further damage. Fossil fuels have been known to negatively affect the environment for years by releasing a greenhouse gas called carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide is a naturally occurring gas that is produced by burning organic compounds or respiration, and is used by plants for photosynthesis so it is understandable how this gas is important in many aspects of life. However, the immense amount of carbon dioxide given off by the mass burning of fossil fuels into its products is leading to global warming. “When greenhouse gas concentrations are high, they absorb a greater percentage of the earth’s infrared energy emissions. This means that more energy gets reemitted back toward the earth’s surface, raising its average surface
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