Pros and Cons of Fossil Fuels


This increasing energy demand has been met by an ever increasing supply of fossil fuel energy. Fossil fuels are the most prominent energy source in our world today. Although alternatives to fossil fuels – such as solar , wind , or nuclear fission power – are beginning to be developed, we are still seeing an increase in the amount being used every single year [1]. What are fossil fuels? Advantages of using fossil fuels.

Why Do We Still Use Fossil Fuels & Can Non-Renewable Sources of Energy Be Replaced?


The world has a crippling dependence on fossil fuels and this dependence on coal, oil and natural gas is one of the largest causes to arguably the biggest problem facing earth today: climate change. percent of the country’s electricity originated from fossil fuel combustion [1,2].

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Is the post-fossil fuel economy already emerging?

Green (Living) Review

Thus I ask as to whether it is possible that the post-fossil fuel era has already begun? Growth-at-all-costs economics cannot work and neither can so-called sustainable growth as we have but a finite Planet and many of the non-renewable resources are finite and depleted or almost depleted. by Michael Smith (Veshengro) It is often said that cultural shifts only become clearly evident with hindsight.

How much do we spend on fossil fuels?

Sightline Daily

If you could choose how much of your money to spend on fossil fuels compared to K-12 public schools, how would you divvy up your dollars? Here’s where your money actually goes: If you live in Oregon, you spend around $1,300 per year on K-12 education and around $2,800 per year on fossil fuels. If you live in Washington, you spend around $1,500 per year on K-12 education and around $3,200 per year on fossil fuels.

Plastic packaging more serious a threat than fossil fuels?

Green (Living) Review

Is plastic packaging becoming more of a serious threat to our environment than fossil fuels? Yes, fossil fuels cause CO2 and other GHG emissions but the production and then the disposal of plastic bottles and other plastic packaging, some of which cannot even be recycled, more than likely contributes much more to the problems of our Planet than does gasoline, diesel, coal, etc.

Massive Twitterstorm demanding an end to fossil fuel subsidies underway

Green Blog

A 24-hour “storm” against fossil fuel subsidies was launched today by , Avaaz , Greenpeace , and other environmental organizations on the popular social network site Twitter. The event is expected to involve hundreds of thousands of people from around the world who will join forces in demanding an end to subsidies to the fossil fuel industry by tweeting under the same #EndFossilFuelSubsidies hashtag.

The Faith-Based Push for Fossil Fuel Divestment

Sierra Club Compass

This week the University of Dayton made news when it announced that "it will begin divesting coal and fossil fuels from its $670 million investment pool." Our Marianist values of leadership and service to humanity call upon us to act on these principles and serve as a catalyst for civil discussion and positive change that benefits our planet." Coal Dirty Fuels Natural Gas Oil Tar Sands

Shift - Away from Fossil Fuels


A film by Jamie Oliveira, Jennifer Fong, Seth Hahn, and Nicole Blunt in cooperation with San Francisco State University''s Health Equity Institute and Fossil Free SFSU. A global movement is coming together to challenge the fossil fuel industry in a fight for the planet and our future here. This film documents the stories, ideas and actions behind groups like Fossil

Campaign to end fossil fuel subsidies tops Twitter ahead of Rio+20

Green Blog

And so the 24-hour Twitterstorm against fossil fuel subsidies is over. The campaign which was launched yesterday by , Avaaz , Greenpeace , and other environmental organizations called on people to flood the popular social network site Twitter, using the #EndFossilFuelSubsidies hashtag, with demands for an end to unnecessary and climate killing subsidies to the fossil fuel industry. Let’s green $1 trillion with a plan to save the planet.

Doha Climate Conference: Beyond Fossil Fuels to Renewable Energy

Sierra Club Compass

COP18: Why Im Helping from Home and How You Can Join Me » Doha Climate Conference: Beyond Fossil Fuels to Renewable Energy. They are often modular, flexible and more quickly deployed than centralized fossil fuel technologies. Natural Gas has a very limited lifespan as a stand-alone fuel given that its combustion emissions are inconsistent with the UNFCCC goal to limit warming to 2 degrees Celsius. Dirty Fuels. Compass.

The Great Transition, Part I: From Fossil Fuels to Renewable Energy

Green Blog

The great energy transition from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy is under way. As fossil fuel prices rise, as oil insecurity deepens, and as concerns about pollution and climate instability cast a shadow over the future of coal, a new world energy economy is emerging. The old energy economy, fueled by oil, coal, and natural gas, is being replaced with an economy powered by wind, solar, and geothermal energy.

Why The World Bank Must Divest from Fossil Fuels


The World Bank’s latest report on climate change, “ Turn Down the Heat ,” warns that the planet is on track for a four-degree Celsius temperature rise by 2100. Like many scientists, the bank fears that such an increase would be incompatible with civilization as we know it.

Turkish locals displaced coal, new report by

Green Prophet

The global climate crisis, mainly generated by the biggest fossil fuel corporations in the world, is seriously aggravating the already extensive and heavy set of human rights violations caused by this same industry, warns a report released this Friday, February 7th, by

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10 Reasons Vegetarianism Can Help Save the Earth

Green Home Blog

Here 10 reasons why vegetarianism can save the planet as reported in 2010 in The Observer, a United Kingdom periodical. This is a result of water, electricity and fossil fuels needed to maintain thousands of animals daily. Every aspect from spreading fertilizer, to pumping water, transporting fuel and refrigeration, combine to deplete about one-third of American fossil fuels. 10 Reasons Vegetarianism Can Help Save the Earth.

The Extinction Crisis: The Time to Act is Now!

Elephant Journal

Animal Rights (Vegan, Pets, Wildlife) Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Inspiring (Wow) Sustainability (Business, Entrepreneurship, Livelihood) Z ADMIN Enlightened Society Featured Today bats change the world climate change climate crisis dependency on fossil fuels extinction global warming honeybees mass extinction Planet Earth saiga antelope white nose syndromeWhether we have children or not, whether we are atheists or catholic, the matter is.

Analysis by country of fossil fuel burning-based Carbon Debt and Carbon Credit

Green Blog

Fossil fuel burning yielding the greenhouse gas (GHG) carbon dioxide (CO2) is a major component of man-made global warming. In relation to carbon pollution from the burning of fossil fuels, Net Carbon Debt is equal to the Historical Carbon Debt (from fossil fuel burning since the start of the Industrial Revolution in circa 1750) minus the Carbon Credit (the residual carbon pollution from fossil fuel burning permitted between now and zero emissions in 2050).

Bitcoin's impact on the Planet

Green (Living) Review

And, what is important as far as the Planet and climate change are concerned is that most of this electricity is generated using non-renewable fossil fuel. by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Bitcoin mining uses more electricity than 159 countries The surge of interest in Bitcoin has triggered not only skyrocketing prices and endless debate on whether it's bubble, but also an enormous increase in electricity consumption all over the world.

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The way to save the planet: shrink the economy

Green (Living) Review

carbon emissions between 2007 and 2013 was due primarily to the growth in fracking ( "When Human Consumption Slows, Planet Earth Can Heal" ). However a recent study in Nature Communications determined that 83 percent of the 2007-2013 reduction was the result of decreased consumption and production during the great recession, while only the remaining 17 percent was due to changes in fuel type. Earth economy Planet

The US DOE has declared the “new” fuels for 2040

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The US Department of Energy (DOE) sees coal, natural gas, and oil as the “new” fuels in 2040. Oil is – please note dearest governments – running out and coal and gas are not far behind and that aside from the fact that with the continued use of fossil fuels mankind may not actually see 2040. They behave, like far too many people around the Planet but especially in the developed world, as if we had another Planet to go to.

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Green energy alone won’t save the earth – social change is also needed

Green Blog

If energy companies would only deploy wind, hydro, solar, geothermal or nuclear, then emission-intensive fossil fuels will eventually disappear. Rather than displacing fossil fuels, green energy sources have proven to be mostly additive. “Do Do alternative energy sources displace fossil fuels?” The common assumption that the expansion of production of alternative energy will suppress fossil-fuel energy production in equal proportion is clearly wrong.”.

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Climate change “worst” is yet to come, UN report warns today

Green Prophet

” These words and those in the report expressed a dire warning that unless intense efforts are made to curb the increase in greenhouse gasses created by overuse of fossil fuels, the worst is yet to come, in regards to the effects of climate change on both animal and human populations on planet Earth. Nobody on this planet is going to be untouched by the impacts of climate change,” said Mr. Rajendra K.

Will COP 21 finally deal with climate change ?

Green Prophet

Fossil fuels, especially heavily polluting ones like coal and petroleum are still being extensively used in most industrialized countries; especially so in China. These fuels could derail the global warming degree target of 2 degrees Celsius; the warming temperature increase limit to be agreed upon in this year’s conference. Weaning large industrial countries off dependence on fossel fuels will take. Health Lifestyle Climate Change COP21 fossil fuels

It’s Game Over for Global Warming Unless We Act This Decade

Green Prophet

Scientists gathered at the Planet Under Pressure Conference in London warn that failure to drastically slash greenhouse gas emissions this decade could push the planet past certain thresholds that would keep climate change manageable, according to a Reuters report. At present the fossil fuel industry releases circa 10 billion tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere. Image credit: Planet on Fire, Shutterstock.

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McKibben To Environment Movement: ‘Be More Confrontational’

Green Prophet

As well as being imprisoned for three days at the end of August for protesting against the Keystone XL Pipeline project – which NASA climate scientist James Hansen has warned could mean ‘game over’ for the planet if given the go ahead – his organisation recently launched a campaign to promote green transport and he is currently touring the UK. Well, according to Bill McKibben the problem is pretty obvious- it’s the the fossil fuel industry.

Social Bankability, Solar Crowdfunding & Emerging Markets.

Sierra Club Compass

If we are going to avoid the worst impacts of climate change we need disruptive innovations that fundamentally alter the broken systems that continue to build out inequitable, fossil fueled societies. But the real opportunity for crowdfunders lies with distributed solar in emerging markets where the world’s poor pay obscene amounts for dirty fuel based lighting. Dirty Fuels. Compass. « Get Ready!

Sierra Club India: Tata Mundra Coal Review Test of Dr. Kim's.

Sierra Club Compass

When Dr. Jim Yong Kim took over as President of the World Bank, there was hope amongst health advocates and environmentalists that, given his background, the Bank would reevaluate its support for deadly fossil fuel projects. Dirty Fuels. Sierra Club® and "Explore, enjoy and protect the planet"® are registered trademarks of the Sierra Club. Compass. « COP18: Why Im Helping from Home and How You Can Join Me | Main.

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Corruption Allegations, Monster Mine Madness, and the US Ex Im.

Sierra Club Compass

Export-Import Bank (Exim) President Fred Hochberg continues to underwrite some of the world's largest and most destructive fossil fuel ventures. But Hochberg has remained steadfastly determined to support outdated fossil fuel projects that should be regulated to the previous century. Dirty Fuels. Sierra Club® and "Explore, enjoy and protect the planet"® are registered trademarks of the Sierra Club. Compass.

Massive Crowds Turning Out to Oppose Coal Exports - Compass

Sierra Club Compass

"It's not our job in the Northwest to give mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to a dying fossil fuel industry." "I was shocked to learn that this plan to use our pristine communities as a conduit to ship this toxic, outdated fossil fuel would be an idea folks would even consider," she said. Dirty Fuels. Sierra Club® and "Explore, enjoy and protect the planet"® are registered trademarks of the Sierra Club. Compass.

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Can Robots and Artificial Intelligence Save the Planet?

Green Prophet

But how is the new era of technology really helping the world we live in and, moreover, how much of a role can it play in restoring the planet’s health? In order to reduce pollution, society’s dependency on fossil fuels has to decrease. If one were to use the Earth’s water as an indicator of the planet’s health, the results would turn out to be quite alarming. Saving the planet doesn’t only mean rebuilding the flora and fauna.

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Automobile Industry and a Green Planet: Is It Possible?

Elephant Journal

While other industries have begun to rely on alternative energy sources, such as solar and wind power, cars have lagged behind, continuing to rely on finite resources like fossil fuels and oil. The automotive industry has traditionally been looked at as one of the worst industries for the environment.

8 Fracking Myths Debunked – Updated

Green Living Ideas

It’s not doing our grandchildren any favours to frack the planet now, especially not through a difficult, high energy and environmentally destructive process. Germany also set a solar power record in June of this year, and the country’s Energiewende or ‘energy transformation’ plan aims to shift from nuclear and fossil fuels to renewables and achieve 80 percent renewable energy generation by 2050.

Can Gray Infrastructure Be Green?

Conservancy Talk

He passionately presented the case, as laid out in his new book, Half-Earth, that we have to protect fully half the planet if we are to avoid a mass extinction of biodiversity—not to mention our own premature demise. This is greater than the present-day value of existing infrastructure—and means more roads, more extraction of minerals and fossil fuels, more transmission lines, more dams—in sum, a larger infrastructure footprint in nearly every country.

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OPIC, Export Import Bank, and President Obama's Climate Legacy.

Sierra Club Compass

We often wonder what century the Export Import Bank chairman Fred Hochberg thinks he is operating in given all his climate destroying fossil fuel finance. That's because while OPIC had a record breaking clean energy year, Ex Im was breaking records of its own in fossil fuel finance. As President Obama considers his climate legacy, it is clear that it will be defined in large part by his embrace of clean energy and rejection of fossil fuels. Compass.

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Nature’s Climate Solutions

Conservancy Talk

Climate change is one of the most pressing challenges facing our planet today. As we race to solve the climate challenge with technology—innovating clean energy solutions that lessen our reliance on fossil fuels—we often overlook the fact that nature has worked as a carbon store for hundreds of millions of years.

Impact Journalism Day: Global Indigenous youth taking the planet in their hands

Green (Living) Review

" "We look at climate change with a focus on energy," Ms Telford said, "looking at coal and gas, how we need to transition our energy systems and our economies from a reliance on fossil fuels to systems that can be powered by the sun and the rain." " Seed has connected Indigenous youth from around Australia, working to campaign against coal seam gas, mining, and calling on the Australian government to phase out fossil fuel subsidies.

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Carbon emissions sees record rise despite economic recession

Green Blog

Such warming would disrupt the lives and livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people across the planet, leading to widespread mass migration and conflict. Yet even now politicians in each of the great powers are eyeing up extraordinary and risky ways to extract the world’s last remaining reserves of fossil fuels – even from under the melting ice of the Arctic. “The prospect is getting bleaker. That is what the numbers say.&#.

The Imperfect Biofuel Solution

Eco Friendly Daily

At first glance, you may think that biofuels provide an ideal answer to fossil fuel use. The researchers contend that production uses fossil fuels to get the product to market. Higher fuel prices affect all income levels. The potential that biofuels may not solve the planet’s energy needs casts serious doubts on whether it is the best solution. Alternative Energy biofuels fossil fuels greenhouse gas emissions

Rio+20 Fails People and the Planet

Green (Living) Review

Asad Rehman, Head of International Climate, Friends of the Earth EWNI said: "Just like in climate negotiations, the EU dresses up its own economic interests as ambitious new ideas when in reality they came without the political will to make the changes needed to save the people and planet.

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The greatest Astroturf of all time – Ethical oil

Green Blog

Much of the fossil fuels consumed in America (oil, gas and coal) comes from North of the border, as Canada compete with Venezuela for the title of America’s leading source of energy imports (and thus the primary source of America’s carbon addiction). North America has some of the best and most varied renewable resources on the planet, if only our American cousins would only get over their whole “real men don’t use solar panels” attitude.

Why we must stop coal to gas transition and fracking

Green Blog

The atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration is now 394 parts per million (ppm) but top climate scientists and biologists say that it must be urgently reduced to about 300 ppm for a safe and sustainable planet for all peoples and all species (for details simply Google or 300 ppm CO2). Stop the coal to gas transition and stop fracking the Planet.

How Humanity can act on Moving Planet Day

Green Blog

However 24 September 2011 is “Moving Planet Day” on which hundreds of thousands of people around the world will be demanding effective action against man-made climate change. ppm per year), also endorses “ Moving Planet Day ”. According to key sponsor : “On September 24, more than 150 countries are expected to take part in a global day events called “Moving Planet” dedicated to the goal of solving the climate crisis by ending the world’s dependence on fossil-fuel energy.

Greening BBQ firelighters

Green Living Tips

Most firelighter products are based on fossil fuels, and occasionally with some nasty additional chemicals thrown in. While using natural ingredients based firelighters won't save the planet, it's just another simple way of helping to lessen your barbecue environmental impact - and lots of little efforts do add up BBQ'ing soon?

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Heroines for the Planet: Emmy-Award Winning Filmmaker Marilyn Weiner, Creator of Journey to Planet Earth

Eco Chic

Journey to Planet Earth is one of the most important TV series you’ll watch. And in my opinion, one of the most important, world-changing women on our planet co-created this series: Marilyn Weiner. Marilyn is one accomplished heroine, and I’d like to share a few of her many accolades with you, as it can be easy to be distracted by the names associated with her work (Matt Damon, Lester Brown, Thomas Friedman in Journey to Planet Earth ).

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