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Hansen Study: Climate Sensitivity Is High, Burning All Fossil Fuels Would Make Most Of Planet ‘Uninhabitable’

Hansen Study: Climate Sensitivity Is High, Burning All Fossil Fuels Would Make Most Of Planet ‘Uninhabitable’ | Fossil Fuels | Scoop.it
Burning all fossil fuels would be a true scorched Earth policy. A new study by James Hansen et al finds that would warm land areas on average 36°F and the poles a stunning 54°F.

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The burning of our fossil fuels could potentionally make Earth an unliveable place. If we continue to use our fossil fuels we could end life on Earth as we know it. Some of the main carbon producing fossil fuels are coal, oil, and gas. These are 3 major materials we use in everyday life. We use it from daily transporation to our major factory producers. I think something needs to be done! For the future of Earth's life and for our existance now. We don't realized that everyday we're endangering ourselves more and more. We need to be aware of the things occuring around us and start finding new ways to go about our everyday lives without the uses of fossil fuels that are endangering us.

 

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andrew nikkel's comment, September 27, 2013 1:39 PM
I agree with Luster class 2 because if we keep burning all these fossil fuels we will suffer, and people will start dieing.
Samantha Fuller's comment, October 2, 2013 11:03 PM
I agree that we are over using fossil fuels way too much. It will be interesting to see what point it gets to before the world makes a change, and what changes we make. I didn't realize that the the three major materials used all contribute to the problem of using to much fossil fuel.
JMS 1 Tutorial Group 8's curator insight, October 9, 2013 8:53 AM

this could become a reality as fossil fuels are used for so many industries, especially transport. Is this the future of the world? maybe electric powered and alternative energy vehicles really are the way to go

 

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Fossil Fuels

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The Institute for Energy Research conducts in-depth economic and policy research on energy and environmental issues. The follow studies provide an extensive analysis of fossil fuels as an energy re...
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Ever wonder how long humans have been using coal? This site says that it's dated back to the 1100 B.C. Coal is one of the first fossil fuels to be used in many different settings. Oils were used for medicines and roads in the 3000 B.C. It says the Chinese used oil for lamps and other sources. The U.S used to be self-sufficent in oil. United States is the largest producer in natural gas. Russia is the 2nd largest producer. The US in 2012 it says used 25.5 trillion cubic feet in natural gas. 

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Why U.S. and Canada Refuse to Kick Their Fossil Fuel Addiction

Why U.S. and Canada Refuse to Kick Their Fossil Fuel Addiction | Fossil Fuels | Scoop.it
Just three short years ago, it appeared that North America was on the verge of finally kicking that nasty dirty energy addiction that has been crippling our economy and energy independence...
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Our world is changing and fossil fuels are used everyday. In this article it states different countries and their fossil fuel usages. The United Kingdom has wind farms that provide profit and energy production. Germany has been able to reduce their usage of coal over the last 50 years. Other countries have made similar advances. This article also talks about the oil spills off the coasts. It talks about how the U.S and Canada didn't punish the companies that spilt the oil, but let them continue their actions. They got to move forward with more plans and bigger pipelines that could cause worse damage. It also talks about other countries upgrading and doing well with their renewable energy sources. While North America is struggling with getting up to date with the renewable energy. It also says North America isn't following through with it's renewable energy plans. Canada is rich in oil from the tar sands. The expansion of pipeline in the tar sand has public unhappy. I think we need to find a way to change to renewable resources and quickly. The rest of the world has began to change their usages with fossil fuels and North America should concider the other materials nature has to offer us. We need to protect our planet, our future, and our home.

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Alexa Dingeman's comment, October 1, 2013 10:45 PM
This article is good it really is useful because it tells us where we get our energy and what other people do to find there energy. It also shows how much more we need to do to make the United States more efficent.
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Hansen Study: Climate Sensitivity Is High, Burning All Fossil Fuels Would Make Most Of Planet ‘Uninhabitable’

Hansen Study: Climate Sensitivity Is High, Burning All Fossil Fuels Would Make Most Of Planet ‘Uninhabitable’ | Fossil Fuels | Scoop.it
Burning all fossil fuels would be a true scorched Earth policy. A new study by James Hansen et al finds that would warm land areas on average 36°F and the poles a stunning 54°F.

Via SustainOurEarth
Vanessa Chapman's insight:

The burning of our fossil fuels could potentionally make Earth an unliveable place. If we continue to use our fossil fuels we could end life on Earth as we know it. Some of the main carbon producing fossil fuels are coal, oil, and gas. These are 3 major materials we use in everyday life. We use it from daily transporation to our major factory producers. I think something needs to be done! For the future of Earth's life and for our existance now. We don't realized that everyday we're endangering ourselves more and more. We need to be aware of the things occuring around us and start finding new ways to go about our everyday lives without the uses of fossil fuels that are endangering us.

 

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andrew nikkel's comment, September 27, 2013 1:39 PM
I agree with Luster class 2 because if we keep burning all these fossil fuels we will suffer, and people will start dieing.
Samantha Fuller's comment, October 2, 2013 11:03 PM
I agree that we are over using fossil fuels way too much. It will be interesting to see what point it gets to before the world makes a change, and what changes we make. I didn't realize that the the three major materials used all contribute to the problem of using to much fossil fuel.
JMS 1 Tutorial Group 8's curator insight, October 9, 2013 8:53 AM

this could become a reality as fossil fuels are used for so many industries, especially transport. Is this the future of the world? maybe electric powered and alternative energy vehicles really are the way to go

 

Bongani.A.K

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No Deal, Mr. President @BarackObama - #NOKXL - Its not worth the Risk.

No Deal, Mr. President @BarackObama - #NOKXL - Its not worth the Risk. | Fossil Fuels | Scoop.it

No Deal, Mr. PresidentSeptember 24, 2013 President Barack Obama1600 Pennsylvania AvenueWashington, DC 20500 President Obama: We are pleased to hear reports that Canadian officials may be considering new policies to mitigate global warming pollution from the oil and gas sectors. Increased regulation of these sectors is long overdue in both Canada and the U.S. in order to protect our communities and climate.  However, on behalf of our millions of members and supporters nationwide, we oppose any deal-making in return for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Our rationale is simple. Building Keystone XL will expand production in the tar sands, and that reality is not compatible with serious efforts to battle climate change.  While the tar sands industry makes claims of reducing the intensity of their emissions profile, in fact the absolute carbon pollution from the tar sands is rapidly increasing. The Harper government previously promised to take action to cut pollution across industry, but never followed through with its 2008 plan. Carbon pollution from the tar sands is now projected to be twice as high in 2020 as envisioned under that plan. Simple arithmetic shows that the only way to reduce emissions from the tar sands is to cap expansion where it is now and reduce production over the coming years. That means rejecting the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, a project that would enable the expansion of tar sands production. The tar sands pipeline and the carbon emissions it would generate are not in the national interest.   After yet another year of record temperatures, terrible drought, dangerous wildfires and worsening storms, the solution must be to reduce consumption of fossil fuels, not to double down on our dependence on the highest carbon fuels.  


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This article is directed towards President Barack Obama. The people who have signed this article don't want the pipeline expansion in the tar sand to go into process. The article explains how the carbon pollution of the tar sands will be twice as high in 2020 if this plan is in action. They beileve that since the wild fires, droughts, and storms getting worse we shouldn't keep using so much fossil fuels. The high carbon fuels are what they think have an effect on these natural causes.

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Fossil Fuels — The National Academies

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Searching for the facts about fossil fuels and how they're used in the United States?
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84% of U.S. energy comes from oil, coal, and natural gas. 2/3rds of U.S oil is imported from other countries. If we think about the amount of fossil fuels used on an average day it's a lot.  Each day we use more and more.The amount stored in the Earth becomes less than it origionally had. If we don't watch how much we take and use, we could be harming the ways of future human life. We also are damaging the Earth's atmosphere. 

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Solar Power & Wind Power Now Cheaper Than Coal Power In US

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It’s less costly to get electricity from wind turbines and solar panels than coal-fired power plants when climate change costs and other health impacts are factored in, according to a new study published in the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences.

In fact—using the official U.S. government estimates of health and environmental costs from burning fossil fuels—the study shows it’s cheaper to replace a typical existing coal-fired power plant with a wind turbine than to keep the old plant running. And new electricity generation from wind could be more economically efficient than natural gas.


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This article is a great example of why we should change to wind and solar electricity! I don't understand why big factory producers still continue to use coal. Facts show that wind/solar power is cheaper. Producers would make more money from using wind/solar electricity. They would also be helping the enviroment and the Earth. If we can start a change in how we produce electricity with solar/wind instead of coal, we can help our Earth! Wind turbines spin creating electricity. The sun also can provide electricity in and eniromentally friendly way. These are both acts of nauture and great sources of power. Cloudy days, or non-windy days should't effect it to much because the energy can be stored from previous days. It would be amazing if we could get more factories to change to wind/solar power and stop endangering the Earth!

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Luster Class 2's curator insight, September 27, 2013 11:27 AM

More benefits of renewable energy...it's hard to imagine how we could say something good about fossil fuels with all these kinds of articles we're getting.

yongyee yang's comment, September 27, 2013 1:41 PM
I think that its nice to have cleaner fuel that is cheaper than the fossil fuels we have been using. Its really great how technology has advanced to the point where we can start using smarter energy resources and keep the world and everything in it cleaner.
Mallory Christy's comment, September 27, 2013 3:06 PM
I also agree with Yong.
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Renewable Energy Predicted to Boom, Surpass Natural Gas | Scientific American

Renewable Energy Predicted to Boom, Surpass Natural Gas | Scientific American | Fossil Fuels | Scoop.it

Within the next three years, renewable power could surpass natural gas as the second most prevalent source of electricity generation globally, behind only coal, according to a new forecast by the International Energy Agency.

 

Hydropower accounts for about four-fifths of renewable generation and will continue to dominate the world's renewable portfolio into the foreseeable future, according to the IEA's "Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report" for 2013. But the gains made by the sector as a whole come from other sources of clean energy, particularly onshore wind.

 

Speaking yesterday at the release of the five-year forecast, IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven said despite a dip in growth during 2012, the renewable energy sector continued to make impressive gains.

 

"The rapid rate of growth of renewables, at least in the electricity sector, is very much in line with that needed to stay on the trajectory associated with IEA low-carbon energy scenarios," she said.

 

The challenge to international climate targets, however, has been a simultaneous surge in the growth of fossil fuels. The growth in supply from North American tight oil and gas producers coupled with demand growth in developing countries means that despite technological development and international efforts, the carbon intensity of the global energy supply has barely changed over the past 20 years, van der Hoeven said.

 

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This article says within the next three years renewable power could pass up nautral gas. This would make it the top 2nd choice of electirity. The top choice would be coal at this time. 4/5ths of the renewable gerneration is Hydropower. Wind is also being used to create electricity to help the enviorment. 

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Luster Class 2's curator insight, September 26, 2013 1:02 PM

This is sort of like the wind and solar power outweighing fossil fuels article...

Luster Class 2's comment, September 26, 2013 1:04 PM
There are plenty of articles about how, in the U.S, solar and wind energy are cheaper than coal.
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50 000 Citizens Walk For A World Free of Fossil Fuels - Canada NewsWire (press release)

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Canada NewsWire (press release)
50 000 Citizens Walk For A World Free of Fossil Fuels
Canada NewsWire (press release)
It is time to initiate a shift towards an ecological and social economy.

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The people of this walk want the government of Canada to stop spending $1.3 billion of their tax money to the oil and gas industries. The tar sand is the location of the fossil fuels. There is about 2 trillion barrels of oil in the Tar Sand. People in this walk are saying that the atmosphere isn't a dump and that basically the uses of the fossil fuels are causing harm to the atmosphere. They're also concerned the continued production of these fossil fuels will effect their future children. The article also states the people don't agree with the pipeline expansion. They believe it will cause harm to their water and their natural environment. I think we should create machines that run of a different source of power other than fossil fuels. This will prevent issues dealing with the atmosphere, environment, and other elements involved. We should try to construct a new source that will be environmentally safe and protect our fossil fuels. 

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