As we add more developing countries to the world’s list of fossil fuel users, mankind is continuing a cycle that will kill both the earth and ourselves. What can we do to stop and reverse these problems and what alternatives are currently being searched found?

Reducing Pollution
Fossil fuels: oil, gas and coal, are being consumed at an exponentially higher rate than they are forming, and so sometime down the line there just isn’t going to be anything left, or at least anything that is economically feasible to extract. Fossil fuels have formed over millions of years, and are the fossilized remains of plants and animals. The influence of heat and pressure on these remains ever so gradually turned them into the fuels that we extract and use today. Click to read more about fossil fuels formation.

Although the stats differ, something like 90 percent of the greenhouse gases that are released each day in the world come from the burning of oil, gas and coal. In addition, fossil fuels pollution occurs as a result of the release of a large number of toxins, such as sulfur dioxide and heavy metals. These pollutants are eating away at the lungs of every person who lives in a car-filled city. Fossil fuels pollution is truly one of the greatest issues facing this generation.

So what can be done to reduce the pollution from fossil fuels?

1 – Demand reduction: Despite the fact that the population of the world is rising, we need to reduce the consumptions of fossil fuels globally, by using less energy as an individual. Applications such as the Google Energy Tool can help you do this. Many people have the mindset that what they do as an individual will not make a difference to the world, but they forget that all great things that have happened in this world have been a result of the actions of individuals. With the world in the state that it is now, there can be no excuse for people to waste energy anymore.

2 – Transfer to a low-carbon economy: Enlightened governments around the globe are now shifting their economy to one that has been based on fossil fuel consumption, to one that is based on the minimal release of carbon. These countries know that sooner or later the whole world will need to move away from fossil fuels, and they are investing big in order to get ahead of the competition and secure their economic future.

3 – The dawn of alternative energy sources: There is a feeling in Europe and the US that the time has come for a rapid and unprecedented growth of alternative energy, such as wind power, tidal power and solar power. Costs are coming down, and incentives are going up. Members of the Kyoto treaty are now bound by law to reduce their carbon emissions, and in many of these countries alternative energy is becoming mainstream. If things carry on as they are, in just a couple of generations we will have significantly reduced the pollution from fossil fuels, and this world will then be a healthier and more secure place to live in.

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3 Responses to “How to Reduce Pollution from Fossil Fuels?- Updated Article With New Information.”

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    jason Says:

    I agree with that point. It doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom all the time. Things are being done…steps are been taken. The western world at least is cleaning up. The problem is of course that a lot of the developing world is getting dirtier…

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    mike Says:

    You said yourself that smog is better than it used to be, but it needs to be address before we can no longer step outside – that is contradictory! In the west, a gradual improvement of air quality has been observed over the last 2 decades – not everywhere – but in many towns and cities. Stricter emission regulations are helping a lot

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    Martin Says:

    Take a drive through New York City or around LA and you will see the smog hanging over the air. It’s considerably better today than it used to be, but it’s still something that has to be addressed faster before we get to the point where we can no longer step outside.

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