Non-Renewable Energy – How Short-termism is Killing our Planet

Fossil fuels currently drive around 90% of energy production levels. Latest figures suggest that our most plentiful resource, coal, has a maximum lifespan of 250 years, with oil and natural gas falling much shorter.

Aside from the short supply, the processes in which we harness the raw materials to generate electricity are hazardous to life on earth. Photochemical pollution and acid rain are a direct result of releasing nitrous oxides and sulphuric acid into the atmosphere. Burning fuels also increases atmospheric carbon levels, one of the likely attributes to the increase in average global temperatures.

The Greener Alternative

Earth has an abundance of a different kind of energy, the natural kind – energy which won’t run out, pollute or destroy habitats – from the strength of wind, the intensity of the sun and the powers of the sea. In the UK alone we have over 11,000 miles of coastline from which to harness the sea, some 40 per cent of Europe’s Wind energy and, though it might not seem like it, we even have the sun.

This infographic outlines how a dependence on fossil fuels is putting the long term future of our planet in jeopardy. Renewable energy sources are proven to be an efficient means of meeting global demands, yet short term goals of producing energy fast and at the lowest price are still taking priority.

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Non-Renewable Energy – How Short-termism is Killing our Planet

Non-Renewable Energy – How Short-termism is Killing our Planet

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The Problem

Increased Consumption
Demand for fossil fuels is at an all-time high with ongoing rises in energy consumption

Finite Supply
Total depletion of non-renewable energy sources is expected within the next quarter century

Carbon Imbalance
Burning fossil fuels disturbs the carbon budget with a rise in atmospheric CO2 concentrations

The Impact

Rising Temperatures
Carbon imbalance is raising global temperatures at a rate above what living organisms can adapt to survive

Air Pollution
When burned fossil fuels give off atmospheric pollutants, toxins and greenhouse gasses impacting the entire planet

Environmental Disasters
Sourcing fossil fuels is harmful to wildlife, in particular oil spills and destruction of natural habitat

The Solution

Solar Energy
A self-sufficient source of household electricity that can generate income

Wind Farms
A low cost source of renewable energy producing zero greenhouse gases

Tidal Energy
Proven to be the most efficient renewable energy source available

The Benefits

Implementing a global renewable energy strategy will:

  • Provide a sustainable form of energy production
  • Save the lives of land & sea creatures
  • Reduce costs for both consumers & producers
  • Reduce the dependence on extracting fossil fuels
  • Alleviate emissions to produce cleaner air and water
  • Increase technology, manufacturing & installation jobs

Information Sources

Infographic

http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/encyclopedia/non-renewable-energy/?ar_a=1

http://www.epa.gov/statelocalclimate/state/topics/renewable.html

http://www.whrc.org/global/carbon/

http://energy.gov/eere/wind/advantages-and-challenges-wind-energy

http://www.ucsusa.org/clean_energy/our-energy-choices/renewable-energy/public-benefits-of-renewable.html

Description

http://www.api.org/oil-and-natural-gas-overview/classroom-tools/classroom-curricula/key-characteristics-nonrenewable-energy-resources

http://science.nasa.gov/earth-science/oceanography/living-ocean/