Renewable Resources

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Renewable Resources: Coal
1/30/14

Coal, a limited resource is an important topic. To understand the effects coal has, it is necessary to explore it’s purpose and the way it is extracted from the earth. A discussion of coal must include the consequences of mining and usage of it. An examination of the excavation and exploration will reveal all the dangerous risks people take while mining the coal and the harm it does to the environment.

As an analysis of coal suggests that the exploration of coal is dangerous. For example exploration for coal requires surface mining which destroys the land and homes of animals. Another reason why the exploration of coal is dangerous is because it releases methane gas which when miners are exposed for too long can contract black lung disease. Another thing that can happen when methane gas gets released is that it flows into the ozone layer and contributes to global warming.

Another example of the dangers of coal can be found in the usage. For instance when coal is burned it emits sulfur dioxide which is vented out into the atmosphere and causes pollution. Yet another reason may be that it also produces carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that helps cause global warming. As a result of the dangerous gas coal emits, it becomes clear that though it is a useful resource it is also very harmful to our environment.

As stated earlier, the purpose of this paper was to explain the dangers of exploring for coal and using it. There is no better example than global warming and Black Lung Disease .The methane gas and carbon dioxide it emits when it is mined and burned clearly illustrates the dangers of it. The point is people should stop harming the environment and use an alternative, more renewable resource.
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