Impact of Fossil Fuels
The use of fossil fuels raises serious environmental concerns with the burning of fossil fuels producing around 21.3 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide per year. Over the past two decades, nearly three-quarter of human-caused emissions came from the burning of fossil fuels. This contributes to global warming, causing the average surface temperature of the planet to rise in response.
There are also dangers posed to natural ecosystems that result from collecting fossil fuels such as coal and oil. Oil spills are becoming a normal occurrence, devastating ecosystems for decades wherever they happen, while coal mining greatly strips vitality from lands and causing deforestation.
These are serious issues, which have brought forth a global movement towards the generation of renewable energy to help reduce environmental impact.