Describe the Effect That Combustion of Fossil Fuels Has on Our Planet and Suggest Alternatives That Kuwait Can Use to Minimize Pollution
According to ZeeNews, Over the past 250 years burning fossil fuels have raised the atmospheric CO2 concentration by more than 40% over its preindustrial level of 280 parts per million. In May of 2013, the CO2 concentration in Earth’s atmosphere surpassed a milestone of 400 parts per million for the first time in human history.
Burning any fossil fuel produces carbon dioxide, which contributes to the greenhouse effect warming the Earth. Burning coal produces more carbon dioxide than burning oil or gas. It also produces sulphur dioxide, a gas that contributes to acid rain. this can be reduced before releasing the waste gases into atmosphere. Mining coal can be difficult and dangerous. Strip mining destroy large areas of the landscape. Coal-power stations need huge amounts of fuel, which means train-loads of coal almost constantly. In order to cope with changing demands for power, the station needs reserves. This means covering a large area of countryside next to the power station with piles of coal. Sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and nitrogen dioxide are also produced in these emissions and can produce acid rain.
Changes in society’s habits, such as increasing public transportation and video-conferencing for businesses, are also part of the plan to decrease oil use.
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