I believe that coal is bad for the earth, plants, animals and humans based on the information I have collected. Coal can hurt the earth and also cause air pollution. We have to find a way to make coal produced energy extinct. Coal and why it’s dirty: Coal… if tiny doses of these chemicals get into our drinking water we will most likely get really sick and/or die. Did you know that coal powers 39% of the world’s energy, and coal is the most used energy source!
The effect of pH on oxygen (O2) consumption and carbon dioxide (CO2) production is worthy of investigation because human-caused acid rain is at large at many countries and may give clarity to other events that acid rain triggers. In 2005, over 250 cities in China were struck with acid rain and caused the economic loss of billions of yuan (“GEOCASES: Case Study”). Because of this, the pH value of rain in China became less than 5.0, which is considered acidic (“GEOCASES: Case Study”). This acid rain was blamed on the discharge of SO2 from power plants and coal factories and not only caused China economic problems, but also detrimental effects on vegetation and plants. The connection between acid rain and damaged vegetation has led us to wonder: How do the pH levels of 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 affect the rate in which O2 is consumed and CO2 is produced during germination and cellular respiration in broad
Carbon dioxide is mainly produced by burning of fossil fuel either by cars or factories. Humans need a way to reduce the concentration of CO2 in the atmospheric. By using carbon dioxide as the gas source in enhanced oil recovery, we can reduce CO2 that being is being released to the atmosphere. However, every method has its own respective negative impacts too. Thus, by using carbon dioxide enhanced oil recovery, oil and gas companies can increase the oil production and reduced the emission of carbon dioxide into atmosphere but it will also lead to increase in investment.
Some sadness and truth in the video about over developed/ used soil leads to droughts, hunger, floods, and climate change. Coal strip mining is one habit that is contributing to environmental disasters due to chemicals being released and seeping into waterways and polluting areas. Combined with populated areas in California with large about of asphalt on the ground allows not runoff in to the ground leading to drought. Now humans are taking water from other parts of the country. Soil is also being affected by Agriculture and affecting family farms leading to high suicides and contaminated soils.
China is facing one of the huge problems such an environmental pollution today and it is causing irreparable harm to the country. Air pollution is the one of the form of environmental pollution that has been struggling against by China for many years. Air pollution is caused by gases released by vehicles, factories, and even smokes from burning leaves and cigarettes. Particularly, coal is the main reason for the degradation of air quality. As Tan (2013) claims “China burned about half of the world’s coal in 2009 and China receives 70 % energy from coal”.
2.3 Effects of Acid Rain on the Environment and Human Society. Acid deposition is a serious regional problem occurring near and in many areas downwind from coal burning power plants, smelters, factories, and large urban areas according to Miller (1998). SO2 is emitted primarily by stationary sources such as power plants that burn fossil fuels whereas NOx are emitted by both stationary and mobile sources such as automobiles. How serious vegetation and aquatic life in nearby lakes are affected by receiving acid deposition depends on the alkalinity or acidity of its soils. In some areas, soils contain enough calcium ions (Ca2+) and magnesium ions (Mg+2) that are attached to the negatively charged minerals in the soil to neutralise or buffer
Also Humans Pollution: Environment said, “The vast majority of energy comes from the burning of fossil fuels (oil, natural gas, and coal). The increased use of fossil fuels has a negative effect on the health of the environment in terms of air and water pollution. Air pollution from greater coal use and vehicle exhaust has led to acid rain, which is particularly damaging to forests, lakes, and streams.” Most of our energy comes from the burning of fossil fuels which may cause air pollution. The last piece of evidence from Humans Pollution: Environment is, “Rising fossil fuel use also means a greater build-up of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, higher greenhouse gas emissions, and global warming. The environmental costs of using fossil fuels have led to efforts to decrease their level of use.
One of the main reasons why global warming is happening is because we burn fossil fuels. Burning Fossil fuels and oil is very harmful to our atmosphere; fossils fuels release carbon when they are burned. The more carbon we release the more global warming we have. We need fossil fuels to heat our houses and we need them for energy.
Air pollution is the root cause of acid rain, and with power plants releasing massive amounts of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides when fossil fuels are burned, we are adding more flame to the effects of acid rain. According to World Nuclear, China has 38 nuclear power reactors in operation, about 20 under construction, and more about to start construction. China’s electricity is mostly produced from fossil fuels, and 73% produced from coal. To reduce
This research project is on coal mining and to see if it has a negative impact on the environment and on the rural people and towns living near coal fields in Mpumalanga in South Africa. I chose to do my research project on this topic because; coal is a resource that is widely used in South Africa to generate electricity, to make fires for people to keep warm and cook, and with this is mind coal is therefore in demand thus forcing more extraction of coal which probably affects the environment. Another reason was because I wanted to get an idea as how I could reduce impacts of the environment and on people if there are negative impacts. Since coal is known as a fossil fuel and a mineral that is in high demand, it extracted from the surface of the earth through two methods; surface mining and underground mining. Coal can be changed into different forms to supply our needs.
For instance, communities around the sites where mountaintop removal is being conducted are at higher health risk because of the close proximity to the blast sites and sludge impounds, even though everyone in America is affected by mountaintop removal. Rates of poverty are also higher in areas closest to hazardous waste facilities(Mooney).Symbolic interactionist look at environmental issues as a reflection of what we are told from the media. Greenwashing is commonly used in the commercialization of industries that promote themselves to be safe to the environment when the truth is that they are damaging the environment. The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity advocates that the process they undergo to extract coal from the Earth and then distribute it is a
The “Rap-Back” Of Tech In the two stories, “Harrison Bergeron”, and “By The Waters Of Babylon”, the world is “destroyed”, or “remade”, after a technological “break-down”. Tech can very easily lead us to our own imminent demise, none the less it’s own, but usually, it may only do so with our allowing it. For example, Global Warming. Global Warming is, for the most part, the direct result of human activity. We use machines to burn fossil fuels and drill underground, which we couldn’t do without tech.
Define a problem associated with our energy use (from mining coal to burning coal, for example). Did you know that the average american breaths in about 3,400 gallons of air pollution each day (1)? Thats gross right imagine what that is doing to your body and the affects it could have on you and this is a huge problem that all around the world is facing and the consequences. One problem associated with our energy use is the effect on human health from air pollution from vehicles to coal power plants. Some diseases linked to air pollution are asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder disease, and lung cancer.
Sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide both can dissolve in water. I personally feel that it is because of humans acid rain is so harmful. Over the years humans have mixed and released so many some many different chemicals in the air. When power plants burn things like fossil fuels, like coal to get electricity they create and release more of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide. Other that cause acid rain are things like cars, trucks and buses because they also release